German Student Visa Interview Questions and Answers

Updated on January 16, 2018
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Amoabeng is a student from Ghana currently studying abroad in Germany.


The visa interview always seems to be the scariest part of the process for students who wish to study abroad, but this shouldn’t be the case. The fact that a foreign university has offered you admission means they believe you are in good academic standing and have the skills necessary to pursue your desired program.

The aim of a visa interview in Germany is to confirm that you are in the right state of mind to study in the country. Being academically sound is only a small fraction of the total package students should possess in order to succeed abroad. Students are required to be mentally matured and independent, because studying in Germany is not always going to be a smooth ride. There are going to bumps along the way. Visa officers simply want to make sure you have made the right preparations for the life of a student studying abroad.

The questions asked during a German visa interview can be grouped into four categories. These are:

  1. Questions about Germany
  2. Questions about your seriousness as a student
  3. Questions that test your intentions
  4. Questions that asses your financial situation

Each one of these serves a specific purpose. The questions in each category are designed to extract certain crucial information from students, which gives the visa officer information with which to make their final decision. Below are the four categories with explanations of their purpose and example questions and answers.

1.) Questions About Germany

The main purpose of this category is to determine if you are really motivated to study and live in Germany. If so, you will have gone out of your way to gather information about the country. If you have failed to do this, the interviewer will think you are unenthusiastic about living and studying there.

You should demonstrate to the consular officer that you are really passionate about Germany as a country, and have made an effort to get acquainted with some basic information.

Below are some questions that you are likely to encounter in this category, along with some perfect responses.

A) Why do you want to study in Germany and not in Canada or the United States of America?

I would like to study in Germany because the educational system is high-class and combines theoretical learning and practical training. As such, it is no surprise that the educational system in the country has produced influential scholars like Albert Einstein and Max Planck.

B) Where will you stay in Germany?

I will be staying in Duisburg since it only takes one hour by train to get to my school.

C) What is the population of Germany?

Currently, the population of Germany is almost 82 million.

D) How have you been preparing for your stay in Germany?

I have succeeded in securing accommodation. This will make things a little easier once I arrive. I have also made an effort to learn the language so that I can integrate easily into German society.

E) Who is the President of Germany?

The current President of Germany is Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

F) Who is the Chancellor of Germany?

The current Chancellor of Germany is Angela Merkel.

G) Can you name any important tourist attraction sites in Germany?

  • The Cologne Cathedral
  • Brandenburg Gate (Berlin)
  • Heidelberg Old City, Hohenzollern Castle
  • Rugen Cliffs
  • Old Town Hall (Bamberg)
  • Harz Mountains
  • Aachen Cathedral
  • Schwerin Castle

H) How many borders does Germany have, and with which countries?

Germany has nine borders with the following countries:

  1. Denmark
  2. Poland
  3. Czech Republic
  4. Austria
  5. Switzerland
  6. France
  7. Belgium
  8. Luxembourg
  9. Netherlands.

I) How many states are there in Germany, and can you name some of them?

There are 16 federal states in Germany. They are:

  1. Baden-Würtemberg
  2. Bayern
  3. Berlin
  4. Brandenburg
  5. Bremen
  6. Hamburg
  7. Hessen
  8. Niedersachsen
  9. Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
  10. Nordrhein-Westfalen
  11. Rheinland-Pfalz
  12. Saarland
  13. Sachsen
  14. Sachsen-Anhalt
  15. Schleswig-Holstein
  16. Thüringen.

J) Who told you about Germany?

I found out about Germany on my own while researching possible countries to pursue my master’s degree.

Map of Germany

2.) Questions About Your Seriousness as a Student

This is the most important of the four categories of questions. Since your main purpose for going to Germany is to study, it is very important that you master the answers to these questions.

If you are unable to answer these questions convincingly, it is highly likely you will not leave a favorable impression in the mind of the consular officer.

Since they are very significant, these questions will make up about 50 percent of your interview.

A) What program did you apply for?

I applied for a master’s program in computer science.

B) Why did you choose this particular program?

The computer science program ranks highly compared to other computer science programs at other universities.

C) What is the name of your university?

The name of my university is Technical University of Munich

D) How many universities did you apply to?

I applied to five universities, all in the field of computer science.

E) Why did you choose this university?

I chose this university because it provides an excellent learning and working environment, and builds the necessary framework for long-term success in a short period of time.

F) Can you tell me some facts about your university?

My university, TU Munich, was founded by King Ludwig II in 1868. It was granted the right to award doctorates in 1901. It is one of the most successful universities in Germany’s excellence initiative.

G) Can you describe your course structure?

Semesters one and two impart technological know-how in the form of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory courses. In semester three, case studies are carried out in small teams of three to five students. In semester four, the program is concluded with the master's thesis.

H) Can you name some of the modules you will be studying?

Continuum mechanics, structural mechanics, the theory of stability, functional analysis, programming, and software engineering.

I) What is the duration of your program?

The duration of my program is two years.

J) When did you complete your undergraduate degree?

I completed my undergraduate degree in 2013.

K) What have you been doing since completing your undergraduate degree?

I have been working as a software developer.

I) Is this program relevant to your previous studies?

My bachelor degree was in computer science, and I was privileged to work on a project in robotics during my final year. I believe I have the necessary background and knowledge to be successful in this master's program.

M) Can you name some famous German researchers in your field?

Rudolph Bayer, who is professor emeritus of Informatics at the Technical University of Munich, and Wilfried Brauer, who was also a German computer scientist and professor emeritus at the Technical University of Munich.

N) What benefit will you derive from this course?

Graduates of this program have excellent opportunities when it comes to starting their careers, and will have good prospects in the future.

O) Is the course taught in English or German?

The course is taught completely in English.

P) Can you tell me your final scores in your bachelor’s degree, high school diploma, and your IELTS?

I had a percentage of 75 in my bachelor’s degree. My 10th and 12th class percentages were 70 and 80, respectively. My IELTS score is 6.5.

Q) How did you find out about your school?

I found out about my school as I was researching on the DAAD website.

R) What is the name of the city where your school is located?


S) Can you tell me a little bit about the city where you will be studying?

Munich is the capital and largest city of the German state of Bavaria. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, after Berlin and Hamburg, and the 12th biggest city in the European Union, with a population of around 1.5 million. The name of the city is derived from the Old/Middle High German term Munichen, meaning "by the monks."

Technical University of Munich
Technical University of Munich | Source

3.) Questions That Test Your Intentions

This category is usually comprised of trick questions designed to find out if you are using your studies as a possible immigration route. The German embassy is well aware that a high percentage of students completely abandon their studies when they arrive in Germany to take up jobs. Therefore, they use this category to weed out fake students.

It is important to note that even though most students would like to stay permanently in Germany once they complete their studies, this is not what the German government wants. Only an exceptional few are allowed to stay. They are hoping that a large percentage of students will take the knowledge they learned abroad and apply it in their home countries. You should, therefore, be careful how you respond to this category of questions.

A) Is this course available in your home country? If so, why don’t you study it in your home country?

The course is not currently being offered in my country.

  • Note: Don’t lie. If the course is available in your home country, answer honestly. You never know what resources the visa officer has to verify your answer. If you answer no and the visa officer finds out the course is offered in your home country, you might as well gather your documents and leave the interview. If you do answer yes, a perfect reason you might give is, “The level of infrastructure and the quality of education offered in my home country cannot be compared to that in Germany. I believe doing this program in Germany will help me be a better-prepared, worldly graduate. Also, I get the opportunity to learn a new culture and language."

B) What will you do after completing your studies?

My main goal after the completion of my degree program is to return to my home and use the knowledge and skills I have acquired to positively impact my country. I plan on venturing into the private sector and establishing my own company that emphasizes renewable energy production. Various German companies like EnD-I AG, Energiebau, and MP-Tech, who are into solar and wind energy, have expressed their readiness to partner with the private sector in Ghana.

C) What will you do with your degree in your home country?

I plan on venturing into the private sector and establishing my own company that emphasizes renewable energy production.

D) Do you wish to remain in Germany after completing your studies, or return to your home country?

I intend to return to my home country and use the knowledge and skills I have learned to make a positive impact in my community.

E) Have you applied for a visa at the German Embassy or any of the Schengen countries before?

No, I have not.

  • Note: Be truthful here. They have all your details at the embassy. The Schengen zone has a unified system and they share information. If you have applied and were denied a visa for, let’s say, the Netherlands, the German embassy automatically gets that information. The fact that you have been denied a visa doesn’t mean your current visa will be denied.

F) Do you have any relatives in Germany?

No, I don’t have any relatives there.

  • Note: If you have immediate relatives in Germany, you should answer honestly. However, there is no need to answer in the affirmative if your relatives in Germany are distant.

G) What do you plan on doing during your semester breaks?

I plan on visiting some tourist attractions in Germany.

  • Note: If you plan on working during holidays, it is smart not to divulge this information.

H) Do you plan to work in Germany?

No. My sole purpose is to study and complete my master’s degree within the given duration.

I) How much do you expect to be able to earn after completing your studies?

I haven’t conducted any research into this, since my main goal after completing my studies is to return home and use my acquired knowledge to make a difference in my country.

J) Are you aware of the post-study work norms?

No, I am not aware.

4.) Questions That Assess Your Financial Situation

Even though tuition is free at most German universities, you still need to be in a good financial standing to be able to survive in Germany.

The embassy places huge importance on the financial capability of students. It does not want students to enter Germany and become stranded because they are unable to cope financially. This can force students to neglect their studies altogether and take up jobs. Some may even be forced to resort to criminal activity to get by, and the German government wants to avoid this possibility. Thus, it is important that students prepare for this category of questions and that they answer them to the best of their ability.

A) How will you fund your studies?

I have blocked an amount of €8,640 for one year. My sponsor is willing to support my studies and provide me with €8,640 every year for the duration of my studies.

B) Who is sponsoring you?

My uncle is sponsoring me.

C) What line of work is your sponsor in?

My uncle is the Managing Director of Unilever Ghana Limited. He also runs other private businesses.

D) Where does your sponsor live?

My sponsor lives in Accra, Ghana.

E) What does your father do?

My father is a farmer.

F) What does your mother do?

My mother is an elementary English teacher.

G) Do you have any siblings and, if so, what do they do?

I have one sister. She runs her own printing business.

H) Why aren’t your parents sponsoring you?

My father played a key role in financing the education of my uncle when he was young. Once my uncle had completed his studies and had gained good financial standing, he took it upon himself to finance one of my father's kids. He chose me because of my good academic background, and has been sponsoring my education since I was six years of age.

I) What is the annual salary of your sponsor?

The annual salary of my sponsor is around €100,000.

J) Does your sponsor have any dependents?

Yes, my sponsor currently has one dependent. However, his salary is more than enough to cater for both me and his other dependent.

K) What are the living expenses in your city for one year?

The living expenses in Duisburg for one year is around €8,500.

I) What plans have you made if your blocked account is expended after one year?

My sponsor has made adequate preparations to immediately fund my account with €8,640 before the money in my blocked account gets to €2,000.

Reasons Why the Germany Embassy Denies Visas

One of the first steps to passing your visa interview and securing a student visa is to understand the reasons the German Embassy denies visas. This will prevent you from making the same mistakes. You can find a detailed explanation of those reasons in my other article, where I go over six of the main reasons German student visas are denied.

Good luck!

© 2017 C Amoabeng


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      Ndolo 5 weeks ago

      I have an interview at the German embassy next month and my Ielts score is 6.0 for a masters program on my letter of admission the embassy wrote my English language proficiency was tested by them because they needed an Ielts score of 7 but I had 6.0.will the embassy complicate me ?

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      UFOKA AMBA FRED 5 weeks ago

      Charles thanks for your visa questions and answers.They are helpful

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      Kali 7 weeks ago

      Good write up

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      Marie 7 weeks ago


      I got admission at the germany university on Jan 15 and my course is been taught in english. I have a booking at the consulate on the 31 of Jan. But i have 2 problems. First my IELTS has expired and my bank account opening is still in the process. What should i do?. Cancel the appointment or go to the consulate and explain things over there?

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      C Amoabeng 5 months ago from Germany

      Hello Mustafa,

      I can't tell you to lie or not but a student visa is granted on the intention that an applicant will return to his home country after his studies.

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      Mustafa 5 months ago

      I've a question: what if I intend to work, integrate and stay in Germany after my studies (note that I'm considering doing my bachelor's there) should I be honest about it or lie? I mean I know that Germany is actually seeking workers to fill in so many vacancies, hence, the amount of refugees they have accepted so far, instead I'll be a graduate from their universities and capable of speaking their language close to, if not on the same level as a native. Besides, working in Germany means I'm going to give back what I've benefited from free education through taxes and stuff. What do you think about this?

      All in all really good and crucial information, thank you!

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      Ivan 7 months ago from Zagreb

      Very precise :-) Almost as Germans :-)

      Thanks for great article

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      Stephen 8 months ago

      Hii Charles,

      Thanks for this, been really helpful. Please i'd like to know if same questions also apply to scholarship holders too.

      Thanks in anticipation of your reply.

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      Tony Appiah 8 months ago

      Great and insightful article. God bless you

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      RahmanRiyad 8 months ago

      Last winter 2016 i got reused from German embassy. I was applied in an extended time. Only before 40 days proir to the last enrollment deadline. Subject was Sustainable Development Management masters program(My bachelor subject is Social Welfare). The reason for refusal are- 1. why 2nd masters? 2. why subject change? 3. distance of my accommodation(it was 2 hours distance from my varsity). Overall i was very nervous so i didn't answer well.

      This year i have got offer letter from University of Passau(M.A. Development Studies). 20th July is my interview date. So please give me some suggestion with my answer this time.

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      adilhaimoun 8 months ago

      Thanks a lot dear Charles.

      I have the appointment tomorrow and I have just taken a last look to these questions.

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      C Amoabeng 10 months ago from Germany

      You are welcome Joey Emerson. Yeah, most definitely. These are the type of questions that anyone who wants to pursue some form of education in Germany should expect. It doesn't matter if you are going for a language course, bachelors, masters or PhD, your visa interview questions would generally revolve around these type of questions.

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      joeyemersonn 10 months ago

      Thanks Charles for these questions. Want to know if its also for those who want to go for a language course before applying for a university

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      Dipendra Yadav 10 months ago from Nepal

      Thanks Again Charles for sharing these questions!

      It is very helpful.