Visa Regulations for International Students

Depending on overseas students’ nationality, they may require an entry visa and a residence permit in order to study at Heidelberg University. A number of different cases are described below.

EU/EEA Nationals

Overseas students from member states of the EU (European Union) or countries within the EEA (European Economic Area - Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway) do not require a visa nor a residence permit to study in Heidelberg. Students must present only a valid passport or identity card when registering at Heidelberg University.


Overseas students from Andorra, Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea, Switzerland, the United States of America, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland do not require an entry visa. They may apply for a residence permit within 90 days of their arrival in Germany. The immigration office located in the student’s place of residence in Germany will be responsible for issuing the residence permit. Students from the countries listed above are able to register at Heidelberg University within 90 days of their arrival in Germany and before receiving their residence permit, by presenting a valid passport.

Overseas students from all other countries must arrange an entry visa for Germany before leaving their country of origin by contacting the Germany embassy or consulate in their home country. Before the German embassy can issue an entry visa, the student must provide proof of admission (letter of admission from the University), or a certificate of application, as well as proof of adequate funding for the totality of the period of study in Germany. Students wishing to receive a certificate of application must submit the appropriate form to the University’s admissions department.

It is not possible to register at the University using a tourist visa, a Schengen visa, a business visa, an au-pair visa or a working holiday visa.