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Visa for NYU Berlin


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.

Find out if you need a visa

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.

How long it takes to get a visa

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. 

Prepare before you apply

Step 1

Make sure you have a valid passport.

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.

Step 2

Complete the Student Information Form.

Complete the form with your personal information exactly as it appears on your passport.  

Step 3

Submit a copy of the photo & signature pages of your passport to OGS.

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. 

Apply for a visa

Step 1

Find out which consulate you will visit to apply for your visa and make an appointment.

  • If you are an NYU student currently in New York, apply through the German Consulate in New York. Some consulates in other U.S. cities will refuse to accept your application because you will be traveling on an NYU program.
  • If you are a visiting student from a university or college outside of the NYC area, search the German Consulates in the US to determine where your local consulate is. You will have to prove your residency in the consulate’s jurisdiction with your driver’s license or student ID.
  • If you are an international student and will be applying for your visa in your home country, search the German missions abroad instead. You will have to prove your residency in the consulate’s jurisdiction with your driver’s license or student ID.

Step 2

Complete your visa application.

  • If you are applying at the New York Consulate, fill out this visa application.
  • If you are applying in New York, please visit this link for the updated visa fee. If you are applying at another consulate, refer to their website for the visa fee.
    • You will need to pay the fee with cash or a money order only.

Step 3

Submit your visa application, if required.  

Step 4

Receive your visa.


*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.

Special note for international students:

If you are an F-1 student, to keep your F-1 status while abroad, you must:

  • Register as a full-time student.
  • Keep a local US address in Albert.
  • Get a travel signature on your I-20 before departing the US.
  • Check your F-1 visa to ensure it will be valid when you plan to return to the US. If you need a new one, review how to renew your U.S. visa.
  • Continue to check your NYU email while you're outside of the US. It's the only way we could contact you if there is any issue with your immigration record.
  • Talk to an advisor at the OGS prior to leaving if you want to work in the US right after you return.

If you are a J-1 student:

  • You must contact us immediately for guidance if you wish to study abroad for a semester or year.

Are you an international student and want to study or travel outside the US for more than 5 months? Contact us.