Student Visa

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Gruppe von sechs Studenten außerhalb sitzen auf Stufen, © colourbox.de


Information about obtaining a visa to study in Germany.

  • valid passport (for at least 6 months) and with 2 blank pages (submit original and 2 photocopies of personal page and visas)
  • non Rwandans must have a valid residence permit for Rwanda (submit original and 2 photocopies)
  • 2 recent photographs (biometric for Schengen visa)
  • 2 application forms for “National Visa”, duly filled in and signed by the applicant
  • proof of German language skills – at least A1 Level (Goethe Institute certificates are accepted) if studies are not in English
  • certificate of enrolment at a German higher education institution (admission letter/Zulassungsbescheid)
  • if possible proof of address in Germany
  • school leaving certificates/academic certificates of Rwanda
  • curriculum vitae
  • letter of motivation (what is your intention after studying in Germany)
  • if applicable: evidence of granted scholarship
  • if studies are self-sponsored:
    You can submit a commitment declaration by a  sponsor living in a Germany or another Schengen Country (Verpflichtungserklärung)
    - When applying for visa, you can provide evidence that you are able to meet your living costs by opening a blocked bank account. You have free choice of provider. Information on providers that offer this service worldwide is available on the Federal Foreign Office Website.
Please note

Application form must be filled in completely and in full detail, otherwise the application cannot be processed.

The registration fee is Euro 75 and has to be paid in RWF at the exchange rate of this Embassy.

The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the end of the proposed journey and must be recognised by all parties to the Schengen Agreement.

Children/minors under the age of 16 must submit the notarized written consent of their parents or guardian (with notarized copy of the guardianship document) as well as the birth certificate.

The Embassy reserves the right to request additional documents.

Allow 8 to 10 weeks for the application to be processed

As the processing fees vary from case to case, the applicant will receive detailed information when applying.

The processing fee will be paid in local currency (RWF) using the current exchange rate.

Rwandan civil documents to be used in Germany have to be verified in order to be accepted.

Although the information on this website has been prepared with utmost care, we cannot accept any responsibility for inaccuracies contained herein.

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With a blocked bank account you can provide evidence during the visa application process that you have adequate financial resources.

Opening a blocked bank account

Overview of current fees.

All Fees must be paid in cash (RWF).


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