Visa for NYU Berlin


Just got 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 study away program through the Office of Global Programs at NYU Berlin.

Find out if you need a visa

Determine whether you'll need a visa by using GlobalChek Plus.


  • GlobalChek Plus is a self-service immigration tool to help you determine whether or not you will require a visa to study away. This is NOT your visa application.
  • To use GlobalChek Plus, log in to -> click on GlobalChek Plus Login (bottom left side of page) -> run New Visa Query -> under Purpose of Trip, select STUDENT – STUDY AWAY PROGRAM @ NYU Berlin.
  • Note:
    • If you are a visiting student not enrolled at NYU, you will need to contact your program administrator or admissions office for information on getting access to NYU Home.
    • Please note, you must use your NYU email address.
    • If you are a citizen of more than one country, you can select multiple citizenships.
    • Your “origin country” is the country from where you will be departing.
    • Enter your NYU program dates.
    • Carefully review the “Travel Information” generated for you. The information will automatically be emailed to you.

Visa information: Citizens of some countries may find that when attempting to apply for their visa, the consulate requests them to apply for a Residence Permit after arrival instead.  Due to current immigration pressures in Germany, arriving in the country without a visa is no longer a viable option for NYU students.  If you do not believe that you are able to obtain a visa prior to traveling to Germany, please contact OGS immediately.  

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.

Apply for a visa

Step 1

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

  • If you are an NYU student currently in New York, apply through the New York Consulate. 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 U.S. 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.