Those who want to study in Germany are faced with several questions and challenges that need to be handled/solved:
‑ What are the professional and language requirements for my desired study program?
‑ How and where do I apply?
‑ Which portal do I need to use?
‑ Which deadlines are given?
‑ Which visa formalities are existing?
‑ How do I apply for my visa?
‑ What do I need to take into account for financing
‑ How do I get a proper health insurance?
‑ How do I find a flat?
‑ What do I need to do for the enrollment in the aspired study program?
‑ How do I register at the residents’ registration office?
‑ How do I get a residence permit for study purposes?
‑ Where do I need to pay fees?
‑ How can I open a bank account?
Each German university supports by answering these question and to solve problems, however they are not able to take care for every individual student and concern. The support before entering Germany, especially in terms of visa formalities, is often missing completely. Staff of German authorities is often speaking German only and the German bureaucracy is often complicated and hard to understand.
*for reasons of readability we only speak about program participants in plural, these are male and female.
The support programme of the DCG includes assistance before, during and when finishing the study programme. The programs are designed in a way that programme participants, who are still studying at the foreign partner university, are already registered at the German partner to continue when they fulfill all subject specific and language requirements.
Before entering Germany
Our program participants already receive support from our local representatives in their home country and have a direct contact for:
- Appointments at the visa authority, e.g. APS in China and Vietnam or the Embassy
- Support when filling the documents and the visa application
- Communication with the local universitiy
- Planning of entry to Germany (e.g. coordination of dates and flights)
Due to the fact that our participants are part of a partner program, they are treated in the so-called group procedure (APS group procedure in China and Vietnam), which represents a simplification of the visa process. It is our task to execute the entry to Germany for our program participants as simple as possible in order to concentrate on what is most important for them: their studies.
DCG provides all required documents to receive the visa, this includes the for Germany required proof of an existing health and personal liability insurance, existing rental contract, deposit of the required amount for the cost of living allowances required by the German lawmakers for minimum one year of studies (for this the DCG handles the cost of living allowances as a trustee) as well as all necessary documents provided by the German university.
The support in the visa process as well as leaving the foreign country and entering Germany is part of the service provided by DCG.
First steps after entering Germany
...are the most important to ensure a good start into the program in Germany and to create a good und uncomplicated welcoming atmosphere.
This includes: the organisation of the transfer from the airport to the flats which are organised by the DCG, the enrolment at the German university, the opening of an own giro and savings account and the appointments with the various German authorities (immigration authority, residents registration office).
Support and advice during the studies
DCG is also taking care of all program participants during their studies in Germany. DCG representatives are available at each of our partner universities to handle possible problems or issues and to support students with their integration into their lifes in Germany.
DCG is advicing and supporting the program participants in all questions and problems related to:
- renting a flat
- closing contracts/drafting contracts (e.g. mobile - phone or internet)
- doctor visits
- health and personal liability insurance
- living in Germany and on the campus/city
- support in solving personal problems studies
1 Students in lecture, © Sibylle Löbnitz
2 Application residence permit, © Sibylle Löbnitz
3 DCG student office, © Sibylle Löbnitz
4 DCG information folder, © Sibylle Löbnitz
5 DCG student office, © Sibylle Löbnitz
Leaving and postgraduate studies
- closing of bank accounts
- deregistration at the residents registration office
- deregistration at the immigration authority
- exmatriculation at the German university
- termination of rental contract
- termination of health and personal liability insurance
Program participants can also make use of the DCG services in postgraduate studies.
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