Have you been accepted to NYU Berlin? Congratulations! Read on to find out how to get your visa for Germany. For information on program details and living recommendations, contact the Office of Global Programs or go to the NYU Berlin page.
PLEASE NOTE: The following resources are intended for students attending a semester or full academic year at NYU Berlin through the Office of Global Programs or their school or division.
ALL STUDENTS attending NYU Berlin must apply for a Student (Residence) Visa (unless you are an EU, EEA, or Swiss citizen traveling on a valid EU, EEA, or Swiss passport).
OGS has created this form to help you determine how you will apply for your visa, as it will depend on where you live, where you will spend the summer, and your country of citizenship.
OGS will use the information you indicated regarding your summer plans to work on the best option for your application.
Some students may fall into a special group that are technically allowed to apply for a visa after arriving in Germany. OGS will contact you if this is your case. HOWEVER, this process is not always straight-forward and appointments can be very difficult to obtain. You MUST make every effort to apply individually before arriving. Failure to do so may jeopardize your ability to remain at NYU Berlin for the semester and thus would force you to forfeit an entire semester of academic progress.
The earliest time to apply for your German visa is generally 3 months (90 days) before the NYU Berlin program start date (although some consulates, including the German Consulate in NY, will accept long-stay student visa applications 120 days before the program start date). The German Consulate generally takes 4-6 weeks to process visas.
If you do not have a passport or need to renew yours, use an expedited method to obtain it immediately. OGS will not be able to request the necessary immigration documents for you until you have a valid passport.
Complete the form with your personal information exactly as it appears on your passport.
The copies of your passport must be color scans.
PLEASE NOTE: If you have been admitted to study at an NYU site abroad and are in the process of changing your name, gender, or any biographical information on your passport, we encourage you to complete that process before applying for a visa. If timing will not allow for this, we recommend that you wait to formalize these changes until your program has finished. Please contact OGS if you have any questions.
*Please note that different consulates have different requirements. You should visit the website of your local consulate or embassy to make sure you have everything you need.
If you are an F-1 student, to keep your F-1 status while abroad, you must:
If you are a J-1 student:
Are you an international student and want to study or travel outside the US for more than 5 months? Contact us.