The following resources are intended for students who plan to study away at NYU Berlin for a semester or full academic year. Students participating in short-term programs should visit our Visa Short-Term Travel page for more information.
Have you been accepted to NYU Berlin? Congratulations! Read on to find out how to get your visa for Germany. For information on study away details and living recommendations, contact the Office of Global Programs or go to the NYU Berlin page.
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 will collect information from you upon acceptance to your semester or full academic year away to help determine how you will apply for your visa.
Some students may fall into a special group that are allowed to apply for a visa after arriving in Germany. OGS will contact you if this is your case.
Failure to complete the required immigration processes will jeopardize your ability to arrive and remain at NYU Berlin for the semester and thus would force you to forfeit an entire semester of academic progress.
Students who are required to submit a visa application prior to arrival in Germany must apply at a German Embassy or Consulate.
Generally, the earliest this can be done is 3 months (90 days) before the NYU Berlin semester start date. Visas are typically processed within 4-6 weeks of the submission date.
Please note: access to links below will be granted upon admission to the semester or academic year away.
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.
This form will be provided to you upon acceptance to the semester or academic year away. Complete the form with your personal information exactly as it appears on your passport.
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 you have returned from your semester or academic year away. Please contact OGS if you have any questions.
You will be informed by OGS whether you will apply for a visa or residence permit. This will depend on your citizenship and current residence.
Please upload a scan of your visa to OGS via your Enrollment Portal once you receive it.
If OGS determines that you will apply for your German Residence Permit after arrival at NYU Berlin, you will be provided with a list of required documents for your application.
NYU Berlin will assist you with the submission of your Residence Permit application to the Foreigner's Office. Please be prepared to surrender your passport to the Foreigner's Office for up to 10 business days.
Your Residence Permit will be adhered to the inside of your passport. It will be returned to you once the permit is processed.
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.