6 Major Reasons for Rejection of German Student Visa

Updated on November 30, 2017
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Amoabeng is a student from Ghana currently studying abroad in Germany.

Getting your student visa rejected can be a very devastating experience. Students really invest a lot of time and energy before they finally appear for their visa interviews. It first starts with finding the right schools and also the right study programmes. You then go ahead to send numerous applications to various schools because of the fact that admission is very competitive in Germany due to the lack of tuition fees, and hence you wouldn't want to risk putting all your eggs in one basket.

If the schools you intend applying to have dealings with UNI-ASSIST, that means you will have to pay an application fee for every school you apply to, which can be quite costly. Then comes the long wait for admission which in some cases takes several months.

If you are lucky to get admission, you may be required to open a blocked account in Germany and transfer 8640 Euros into it. You then have to gather all the documents for your visa interview, pay your visa fee and finally battle to book an early slot for your visa interview, which is really tough because there are few slots available at any given time. Having gone through all these processes and challenges, it can be quite a hard pill to swallow if your visa ends up being rejected.

This is why you should leave no stone unturned when you are preparing for your interview. Based on research and personal experiences from students, I would try and outline some of the major reasons why the German embassy refuses to hand out visas to students. I must emphasize that these are not the definitive reasons for the rejection of student visas since the final decision lies with the Immigration Office where you will be studying.

It is also very important to point out that unlike most embassies, the final decision to issue or deny a visa is not dependent on the visa officer. It is mainly dependent on the Immigration Office where you will be studying. All the visa officer does is to give a positive or negative recommendation based on your performance at the interview. Therefore you might do exceptionally well at the visa interview and still have your visa refused. You might also do poorly at the interview and be surprised to learn that you have been issued a visa.

1. The State Didn't see Your Profile Fitting for Their Future Needs

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Germany like most countries is in high need of skilled workers. They also need bright young minds because of their aging population. The free tuition has been extended to international students in an effort to attract bright minds from around the world. They hope these young minds would learn their language and get acclimatized to their systems. They can then go ahead to fill skilled positions that cannot be filled by their citizens for one reason or the other.

Currently, Germany is in high need of scientists and engineers. However, this does not mean they are not in need of other professionals as well. When you apply to study in Germany, the state where your university is located plays a huge factor in determining if your visa will be granted or not. If the state needs people in the field you applied to, there is a high chance your visa will be granted with all other things being equal. If the state already has a large number of professionals in the field you applied to, then they might use other factors like the availability of accommodation and transport facilities in making their decisions which really doesn't put the odds in your favor.

Suggestion: It will be unwise to choose to study a course in the engineering and sciences just because you feel there is a high chance of securing a student visa when you go for those programs. There is a high likelihood that you will end up getting kicked out of your university because you have zero interest in the course. If you are ex-matriculated from a German university for poor academic performance, you lose your student visa status and might have to return home.

It is therefore advisable to go for a program that you are genuinely interested in. What you will have to work on is your motivation letter. You will have to convince whoever is assessing your motivation letter that you can be of great benefit to Germany and your home country with the course that you have chosen. You can click here to learn how to write a perfect motivation letter for your student visa application.

2. Poor Financial Status

This is the number one reason most students have their visas refused. Despite the fact that most institutions in Germany do not charge tuition fees, you still need to be financially sound to survive in Germany. The German Embassy wants students to concentrate on their studies and does not want them to get distracted as a result of financial difficulties. Lack of sufficient funds can force students into crime. They may also neglect their studies altogether and take up jobs.

The German Embassy therefore places a huge emphasis on the financial capability of students. Students require around 720 Euros per month to cover the cost of living in Germany. It may be higher or lower depending on the city. Students are expected to show a minimum of 8640 Euros every year in order to renew their visa. As such, if the German Embassy has any reason to believe that you might have trouble financing your studies, it can easily lead to your visa being rejected.

Suggestion: The German Embassy is becoming stricter and stricter every year and is requesting stronger financial proof to ensure students are not stranded in Germany. Some students from Pakistan are now being asked to show blocked account for two years. This means they need to block 17280 euros in order to be granted visa.

Some embassies are now requesting sponsor’s bank statements and financial documents in addition to the blocked account. The reason for this is that they want to make sure your sponsor is in the financial position to send you 8640 euros every year for the duration of your studies. Remember that the German embassy assumes you will not be depending on part-time jobs to finance your studies once you arrive in Germany.

This is where you should be very careful. Please avoid borrowing large sums of money and dumping it into the account of your sponsor some few months before your interview as they can easily detect this. It is advisable to choose a person who has had substantial assets and savings in his account for a number of years. Also, he or she should earn not less than 1500 euros per month and shouldn't have many dependents. If your sponsor earns less than that, they might doubt his or her capability to provide you with the required amount of money every year.

It is also important to note that your sponsor should not be necessarily related to you. What matters is that he or she should have a good motive for sponsoring you. It is better to choose a non-family member with a strong financial background than a family member with a not so good financial background.

3. Poor Academic Profile

The visa officer assesses your capability to study in Germany using your previous academic results. Don't be fooled, the German educational system is one of the toughest in the world. The huge dropout rate in their universities is a testament to this. As many as 60 percent of students in the engineering and the sciences drop out during their first year.

German universities do not depend on tuition fees from students and hence they are under no pressure to pass them. They also do not grade on a curve. If an entire class fails a particular examination and there is nothing wrong with the questions, then so be it. Therefore, if the visa officer feels you are not academically fit to survive the rigorous academic standards in Germany, it might lead to your visa being rejected. The visa officer does not want you to enter Germany and end up getting frustrated because you are unable to pass your papers.

Suggestion: If you have a genuine reason on why you failed to attain good marks in your studies, you can make it known to the visa officer if he or she happens to bring it up during your interview. More importantly, you can make this reason clear in your motivation letter. You should point out that you have worked on the reason and that it won’t happen again. Below is a good example of a reason given by a student for his low academic profile.

“I am generally a very good student as you can tell from my high school results. However, during my first and second year at the university, the death of my mum really had a negative effect on my ability to study effectively. I was however able to recover and do exceptionally well in my third and final year.”

You can also work very hard on other aspects of your application to compensate for your low marks. If you have relevant work experience in the program that you intend to pursue, it can be of great help. For programs that ask for GRE scores, you should work very hard in getting excellent scores, especially in the quantitative section.

4. Lack of Preparation for Your Interview

Some students go into the interview totally unprepared which makes the visa officer doubt their seriousness to study in Germany. The visa officer expects you to know some basic facts about Germany. He or she expects you to know some facts about the state and city where your school is located. More importantly, you are required to know some facts about your school and your study programme. If you go into the interview lacking knowledge in any of these facts, the visa officer concludes that you are not really serious about studying in Germany and this can lead to your visa being refused.

Suggestion: To be able to sail smoothly through the German student visa interview, you should be able to understand the motive behind the questions asked by the visa officer. The questions asked during the interview can be grouped into four categories and each category serves a specific purpose. They are:

  1. Questions That Test Whether You Have Done Some Research About Germany
  2. Questions That Test Your Seriousness as a Student
  3. Questions That Test if Your True Intention is to Study
  4. Questions to Assess if You are Financially Sound to Survive in Germany

To get a detailed explanation of each category and some questions that you are likely to encounter under each category and their answers, please click here.

5. Insufficient Language Level (Either German or English)

It is very common for students to apply to study a programme in Germany that requires let's say C1 German language level when they only have an A2 qualification. This makes the visa officer doubt whether they can be able to comprehend lectures and pass examinations successfully.

As a student your ability to succeed academically is of high importance to the embassy and hence anything that would hinder your academic progress can be a reason for rejection. The same applies for English-taught programmes in Germany. If you have a very low score in your IELTS or TOEFL, the visa officer would doubt if you can be able to understand and pass lectures in English and this can contribute to your visa being rejected.

Suggestion: Before going for a German taught program, make sure you have mastered German to a certain level (at least B2) and can be able to speak it to a certain degree. The visa officer will likely conduct your interview in German if you study program is in German. So it’s not enough to be able to read and understand German, you should be able to speak it as well. If the VO realises you can't give some basic answers to his or her questions in German, it can easily lead to rejection. So take the time to learn German to a decent level before appearing for your interview.

The main problem with IELTS and TOEFL is that some students feel they can trick the embassy by presenting fake results. Please refrain from this. If you are caught, it’s a serious offence and you won’t be getting a visa to Germany anytime soon. These tests are not difficult and anyone who seriously studies for it for at least 3 months can be sure of scoring at least an overall band of 6.5 (which is the minimum requirement in most German universities). The same with TOEFL.

The visa officers are trained to be able to correlate your level of English with your IELTS score and so if your IELTS says you have a band of 7.5 but you can’t communicate effectively, the VO will assume your results are either forged or you didn't take the test yourself. The best thing is to prepare and take the test yourself.

6. Inconsistency With Your Choice of Study Programme

This usually comes in two forms. The first form is when students apply for master's programmes in Germany that are totally unrelated to what they did in their bachelor's degrees.

The second form is when a student applies for a second bachelor's degree or a second master's degree programme in Germany. The bachelor's degree is not that well regarded in Germany and having 2 bachelor's degrees is like starting 2 educational paths and finishing neither of them. Also if you already have a master's degree, the visa officer might wonder why you aren't applying for a Ph.D. This can make you appear desperate and the visa officer would doubt if your true intention is to study.

Suggestion: It is advisable to show solid proof of why you want to study in a new field, which can be in the form of work experience in the new field. You should make your reason for choosing to study in a new field known to the visa officer and in your motivation letter as well. Below is a good example of a reason given by a student for going for a master’s program that was totally unrelated to his bachelors.

"I had the opportunity to work in the environmental sector for two years. This is where my interest in environmental issues developed. Even though my degree is totally unrelated to this sector, I believe I have the relevant work experience and passion to succeed in this field."

Also, if you have very tangible reasons for going for a second master's or bachelor's degree, you can make your reason known. Here is a good reason given by a student who was going for a second master’s degree.

"I initially applied for my dream Ph.D. program at TU-Munich. However, I was denied admission on the basis that I lacked sufficient course content and research in my master's degree. I, therefore, decided to apply for another master's degree so as to get the necessary course content and research experience to apply for my dream Ph.D. program at TU-Munich."

I remember the first time I made up my mind to study in Germany. There were a lot of questions running through my mind. Unluckily for me, I had no one to answer these questions and had to find out the answers myself. I was surprised at how much false information was on the web when I finally went through the entire process and made it to Germany as a student. So I decided to take it upon myself to provide correct and detailed information so students can make a smooth transition from their home countries to Germany. You can find in-depth answers to the frequently most asked questions about studying in Germany by clicking here.

Questions & Answers

  • I got into a tuition-free MSc program and only have to cater for my living expenses and pay health insurance. My company will sponsor this. Is a letter signed by my company enough? Also, should the health insurance be obtained prior to the visa application or when you get to Germany and if the former, will the health insurance agency refund if there is visa rejection? For the two years MSc, would the health insurance be a straight payment for two years or on a yearly basis?

    I believe you might still have to open a blocked account. I have yet to hear of a case where the German embassy has accepted a letter signed by a company as a proof of financial means.

    You will need a proper health insurance once you arrive in Germany. You don't need to obtain it prior to your visa application.

    The health insurance is usually paid on a monthly basis. For students, you register and provide your account details to your health insurance company once you arrive in Germany. They then withdraw a specified amount of money from your bank account every month.

  • What are the chances of getting a German student visa for a frequent visitor?

    A visit visa and a language visa are two different class of visas. I don't think you being a frequent visitor will have any influence on the success of your language visa. They look at each case differently. So, the most important thing is to make sure you meet all the requirements for your language visa. If you don't, your visa might be rejected despite the fact that you are a frequent visitor.

  • Do I need to bring my financial statements to the student visa interview if I am the sole financier of my courses?

    You need to look at the document requirements for a German student visa at your embassy's website. The requirements can differ from country to country. Some embassies might require you to send your financial statements in addition to the blocked account; others will only require you to show a blocked account.

  • I applied for a national student visa for my master's program on the 24th of August 2016 at the Mumbai Consulate. After two months, I got a rejection letter with the reason being that there are doubts about my intention of stay. What should be my next course of action?

    I know it can be quite tough to go through all the difficult visa processes and have your visa rejected in the long run. The truth is that if they give the reason for your visa rejection as "doubts on the intention of your stay/study," then there are four likely reasons which I have already mentioned in my article. They either think that you have a poor academic background, your interview was poor, your language skills did not satisfy them, or there were inconsistencies with your choice of a study program. Go through these reasons carefully, and I am sure you will realize that at least one of these applies. Try to work on the ones that apply to you, and after you have tackled it, you can then apply again and hopefully, you can get a better outcome next time.

  • It’s been four years since I graduated, and I now want to pursue a bachelor's degree in Germany. Is this four-year gap going to be a problem?

    It depends on what you have been doing during those four years. If you haven’t been doing anything profitable during those four years (like engaging in some form of studying or work), the Embassy might merely see you as a desperate potential immigrant. The German Embassy will conclude that you’re not happy with your current situation in your home country and that you are using studies as an immigrate route.

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      Madhu NA 

      4 days ago

      Hello everyone

      Can i explain the reason for second master's in cover letter very elaborately to convince the authorities about my intention for second masters or is it possible that i don't show proof of my already acquired master's degree?

      I am very scared as today only i saw a post on facebook having visa rejected of a student for the reason that he was going for second masters.

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      Maseihullah 

      7 days ago

      Hello everyone,

      I Maseihullah from Kabul Afghanistan. i have applied for Master program in Germany and i got my language course admission and not received the MBA admission yet. and my interview is after 1 month. i may not receive the admission for my master program after interview as the universities there in Germany they delay and delay the admissions and we are contacting each other by mailing. so anyone can tell me that what should i do and will i rejected by interviewer or embassy or what will be the decision. thank you so much.

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      Srujan 

      11 days ago

      I have attended my visa interview on August 7th at Chennai, India.I got my Master's admission in Digital Engineering course at Bauhaus-University Weimar.My Ielts score is 5.5band.It is Mentioned in Daad &university website my university accepts either Bachelor's degree English Medium of Instruction or IELTS(min 6.0band Score).So I've submitted English medium of instruction.Visa interviewer also asked me to submit compulsorily IELTS score.I've submitted my IELTS memo too and I also given a printout from daad&university website about my university language requirements and they kept with them.I had written well my motivation letter in visa interview.i also submitted 1yr work exp certificate and 6months internship certificate.Is there any mistakes from my side?Can I get easily my Visa approval?

      Btech:73.8%(mech engg 2017 passed out)

      Inter:95.6%

      SSC:90%

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      Priya k 

      3 weeks ago

      I am 35 Year old and having 12 years of working experience. Now, I am interested to do my MS in Germany, Will I be eligible to get student visa and admission from university?

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      Aditya Ravi Raj 

      3 weeks ago

      My Visa Appointment at the Bangalore Embassy for a student visa is scheduled for the 3rd of September and my intended date of departure is for the 4th of October. Is this time interval enough for visa processing? Is this by any means grounds for rejection? Additionally my University has given me an extension for enrollment.

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      S SRINATH 

      3 weeks ago

      I have been granted admission in Hochschule Offenburg in an English taught course. I have also paid my 1st semester fees, and confirmed my admission. My visa interview is on August 17, 2018 at the German Consulate in Chennai.

      I did my IELTS on September 3, 2016 and secured 7.0 Bands. But, my concern is that the validity of IELTS certificate is 2 years and it expires by September 2, 2018. The date of the visa appointment is August 17, 2018 which is 16 days before the IELTS expiry date, which is fine but will this have any adverse effect on the visa process?

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      Julia Masri 

      3 weeks ago

      My name is julia, i have applied for intensive language courses at the goethe in freiburg, my passport is lebanese and i've lived in the united arab emirates my whole life, but i moved to romania for my medical studies and ive been there for 6 years, but i finished now and just waiting for my graduation ceremony, I applied to visa for language course to germany from bucharest, at the general consulate of germany, and i got rejected due to a fact that they said that i need to have a language course studied from before like a base ... and then i can apply again, and they also thought that im a medical student still, but im a medical graduate, and this decision was based also upon the IMMIGRATION OFFICE IN FREIBURG STV, but i dont believe this is a correct decision, to reject me based on not having basics, when im infact coming to goethe to start the correct way which is from basics, to get used to an environment and certain people.

      So now i applied again on the date on 4th of july 2018, from the german consulate located in dubai as my parents reside here, i did an interview, all my papers were completed as i have payed for the full intensive 8 courses, starting from 04.10.2018-17.5.2019.

      And at the interview she said that my application will probably get rejected again, as they prefer that you transfer to goethe while having already did a basic course before. But the area i live in in romania is 14 hours away from the goethe institute that is situated in romania.

      I thought its better to start a language with a correct base, at the home country of the language, with the same professors and people, because its more important to practice the language and communicate during my everyday activities, then to study it in dubai which is an arabic speaking country.

      also, my sister has a blue card in germany as she works there as a doctor now, and she started to study a1 from the begining in germany, but having aquired a schengen visa instead, could you please tell me what i could do to better my situation? thankyou

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      ahmed 

      4 weeks ago

      i will apply for a student visa next week and i would like to know if my cousins who are living in dussldorf where i will apply can help me in something to get my visa like can they give me some documents or can they go to imigration office there and do something

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      Harini 

      4 weeks ago

      I was late for my visa interview by an hour. Will my visa get rejected ?

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      Manoj 

      8 weeks ago

      I have one spelling mistake in admission letter will that affect my student visa result?

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      C Amoabeng 

      10 months ago from Germany

      Hello Muhammad,

      I have answered all these questions in the link below.

      https://owlcation.com/academia/Top-50-Most-Asked-Q...

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      C Amoabeng 

      15 months ago from Germany

      Hello Kimmy,

      I understand that it can really be confusing and frustrating when you have your visa interview on the same day as your friend but your friend's visa ends up getting approved whilst you have no idea regarding the status of your visa. However, as you already mentioned, the German Embassy looks at each case differently. Two individuals with the same qualification might be admitted to the same study program in Germany. It doesn't automatically mean their visas will be processed within the same time frame or they would both automatically secure visas. The German Embassy considers a whole range of factors when making their final decision.

      Honestly, I can't tell you why the German Embassy has still not made a decision regarding the status of your visa application. It may be due to a whole lot of factors. It might be that they want to verify certain details or information you provided. It can also be due to errors. Yeah, the immigration officers are human beings and sometimes they make mistakes. Worst case scenario, it might be that they have doubts regarding your eligibility to study in Germany.

      I would advise you to remain calm and be open minded regarding the outcome of your visa. If you still haven't heard anything before your enrollment deadline of 7th May, you can call the embassy to enquire again about the status of your visa. If it's possible, you can ask your university to further extend your enrollment deadline. If they can't, you can apply again in the next semester. Good luck and all the best.

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      Kimmy 

      16 months ago

      Last month, March 21, 2017, I applied for a student visa with a colleague of mine. We did the the interview on the same day and passed the same documents. As per the university requirement, we were supposed to present before the university on or before the 13th of April. We provided the letter of admission issued by the University which clearly showed the deadline of our enrollment. April 13 was fast approaching so we informed the university about the status of our visa application and so they decided to extend the deadline until the 28th of April. We notified the embassy about the extension that the university has given us. Over a week ago, we called the university and asked assistance from them since the deadline is once again, getting closer. They immediately phoned the Immigration office in Germany and inquired about our status. Upon checking the system, they found my colleague’s name. However mine wasn’t. The immigration office in Germany gave a memo to the university that they will agree to their of speeding up the visa process for my colleague. Since there’s not much time left to process everything, the university gave another extension, this time, until the 7th of May. Days after, my colleague received a call from the embassy and got the approval. On the same day, I phoned the embassy and asked for an update regarding my visa status. They said that it is still being processed and that I will have to wait for their call to give out the results. The following day, I made an international call to the Immigration office in Germany and asked if my name is already in the system. When they typed in my personal information, they said none has been submitted yet to them.

      I am starting to think that the chances of rejection is high. I really don’t know where I went wrong, I opened a german blocked bank account in Deutsche Bank and deposited an amount of 8,770 euros because that is one of the requirements of the German student visa. I also submitted the receipt of my rental payment of my apartment in Germany to the embassy. Admission letter from the University was also provided. Today is April 27, 2017 and still, no call from the embassy yet. Im starting to lose hope as my dreams and goals are slowly slipping through my fingers right before me.

      I know each case varies but I want to hear your opinion... what do you think about my case?

      Thank you so much!

    • charlesnuamah profile imageAUTHOR

      C Amoabeng 

      16 months ago from Germany

      Hello Hez,

      If that's what your letter states then I think you should be OK. Yeah, I also think you should show the bank statement just to be on the safe side. Keep us updated on how everything plays out. All the best.

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      hez 

      16 months ago

      Thankyou Charles for your detailed response. Basically, Jacobs total fee is 20k Euros and Room and board is 8k approx. I got scholarship and financial aid because of which my family contributions are now 7k euros per Annum. Jacobs gave me this letter which stated : " Students of the Jacobs University Bremen abandoned the foreigners authority on the establishment of a

      blocked account and considers this condition as not necessary because the Jacobs University

      is a campus university. All Bachelor students are on campus and are available under the Resident Address.With the payment of the contribution and the financing package are all costs for

      accommodation, meals and tuition fees paid". This states that I've paid all the expenses and there is no such expenses that needs a blocked account. I hope this letter works. I am still showing my bank statements just to be on the safer side. Please tell me what you think about this.

      Thankyou

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      Philemon 

      19 months ago

      Hi Charles,

      Great initiative of yours. I'm from English Cameroon, and have a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications. After high school I took up biochemistry at university but decided the following year to enrol in an engineering program. The moment i was due for graduation I was at B1 level of German and since i had the chance decided to apply for the visa to study another course still at bachelors level. In meantime an error occured on my marks and I was denied the visa. I took the course all over, and have a cumulative G.P.A of 3.4/4 which I want to further in Germany. I also did the Zdaf at Goethe institut here and passed with an average mark of 80%. As to what concerns finances and other requirements i am elligible. So my worries are,

      1. Does previous denial affect my my future chance of getting a visa since I now want to apply for masters degree in a field different from the one I applied for at my last interview but in line with what i studied?

      I really need to know the areas and possible questions the visa officer may have for me on my second interview. Your reply is very crutial for me as it will serve as a guide for my preparation for the interview. Thank you in advance.

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      Bajrang Mahla 

      19 months ago

      Thanks Charles

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      C Amoabeng 

      19 months ago from Germany

      Hello Mahla,

      Your grades are good so there is a high chance you will secure admission, depending on how competitive the grades of other applicants are. I don't think work experience and other certifications really play a significant factor in who gets admission. Most German universities assess students strictly based on their grades.

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      Bajrang Mahla 

      19 months ago

      Thanks for help Charles, your help means a great deal to me. These are my grades in bachelor degree and secondary school certificate. I would be very grateful if u express ur opinion about my chances of getting admitted in University (for BEng in Logistics) and visa approval.

      Bachelor GPA-2.30(already converted to German grade system)

      Number of Subject ---- Grade

      11------------------------ A+

      6 ---------------------- A-

      19------------------------ B

      12---------------------- B-

      4 ---------------------- C

      3---------------------- C-

      3---------------------- C-

      1----------------------- D

      School Leaving Certificate -1.5 GPA(German grade Sys.)

      And would it help if I have some work experience and a certification in related field

      Thanks again

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      Anurag 

      19 months ago

      Hey, thanks for information. But unfortunately today I got to know that my visa was recorded before 3 weeks, the embassy people didn't even tell me about it. I was rejected because of insufficient German language knowledge although I have my language course in Germany. I didn't provide them any certificate during the interview as I was still undergoing the course. I was planning to reapply, can you give any suggestions what should be done in order to get approved please?

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      C Amoabeng 

      19 months ago from Germany

      Congratulations Madhu!! Have a wonderful time in Germany. As you said, the Embassy understood that your intentions were genuine and that you were in good financial standing. Thanks for taking the time to let us know of your visa success.

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      Madhu 

      19 months ago

      Hello Charles,

      This is just to inform you that my language visa application is approved and I just got my visa stamped a few days ago. Honestly, I was very disappointed after your reply, so it was a pleasant surprise when I received the approval mail. I guess, the Embassy understood that my intentions to go to Germany is completely true and I have the financial backing for my stay up there. Anyway, thank you very much Charles. Your blog has been very helpful to me.

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      Vahid 

      20 months ago

      First, I would like to thank you for all the useful information you have provided.

      The Immigration Office of the city where you will be studying for a master's program emailed me that they have sent their agreement about my student visa's documents to the German embassy located in my country. However, the German embassy tells me I still need to wait for even several months. Do you happen to know why I have to wait despite the agreement of the Immigration Office.

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      C Amoabeng 

      22 months ago from Germany

      Congratulations Shazad! Hope you have a wonderful time in Germany.

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      Shazad 

      22 months ago

      Also just got the visa approval today. So Alles gut!

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      Shazad 

      22 months ago

      Thanks so much Charles. Appreciate the help.

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      Jaylee 

      23 months ago

      Hi Charles

      I got admission at University of Siegen and applied for national visa at the German embassy in Turkey. My visa appointment was this gone Monday. When I met the visa officer I told her that the last day of my school's registration is on the 13th of October which is less than 3weeks. I came home and wrote the university requesting extension and they expressed that there's nothing they can do so I then forwarded the mail to the embassy requesting for a quicker process. I didn't get a reply but now I am worried if that will in anyways affect my application. Also, I did missed one of the questions about that courses I am expected to take. Reading your article for me feeling so afraid.

      Lastly, I used my WAEC certificate as my prof of English exam.

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      C Amoabeng 

      23 months ago from Germany

      Hello James,

      How did you try contacting the embassy?

      Try sending them an email. You can also try calling their line.

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      James 

      23 months ago

      Hey Charles, it's James

      I applied for a visa on the 12th of July, later on though I noticed I made a mistake by answering no for "do you intent to maintain your perminant residence outside the federal republic of Germany ?". I honestly misunderstood the question. I tried contacting the embassy but no one answers. And you might say that it should be mentioned in my motivation letter that I don't want to stay in Germany but ,and you might my believe it so check for yourself if you like , for the German embassy in Beirut it is not one of the requirements to write a motivation letter. Only a CV.

      So what should I do ?

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      akash10491 

      2 years ago

      @charlesnuamah

      Thanks :)

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      freadstor 

      2 years ago

      @Charles

      I was trying to explain that if I give these reasons that my first masters program was not really engineering as thought it was, and it didn't suit me as it was more of physics than engineering.

      While, I'm currently doing Data Science and CFA as an additional on my own thing, to cope with the second master work.(for which I'm working on now)

      Yes, I do know that it's been tough going with these explanation and how they would take it. But as you have said a persuasive explanation might work in my favour, although I don't expect the success rate of it to be higher.

      I haven't gotten any acceptance till now as I have only sent them recently. Let's see how the admissions goes before worrying about Visa.

      Adding to what the Indians here said. Yes, the Indian admissions test is very tough, but it doesn't necessarily mean everyone gets through it, the number of seats in such good universities are less and the rest of the universities are mostly trash. The good university continue to be the same standards of school/entrance exam level, but trash universities in India are majority and are filled with students who have no hope of future.

      In my advise, I would suggest any student from India to consider studying abroad, anywhere for example, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea etc(if not for US, UK, Canada and other generic places Indians mostly flock to ), if they have learnt German since childhood, well and good, they can even learn in German Universities in German.

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      freadstor 

      2 years ago

      Hi Charles,

      I have dropped out from a master's program in Germany because I got poor grades and now that I'm wanting to go back. Is it possible that my explanations regarding my lack of background in that particular master program was at fault, is sufficient enough for visa acceptance?

      Also right now I'm applying for Master in Finance and Data Science. I'm currently doing Data Science and CFA(Certified Financial Analyst) exam Level 1 on my own.

      Will these explanation be enough for getting a visa? I'm highly doubtful about that, so I'm not relying on the Visa and will be seeking employment in Finance soon and will later try to go to Germany (or elsewhere, maybe US) for higher degree.

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      Mirza 

      2 years ago

      No doubt Indian system of Education is competitive but as per what i have found is that in Germany everybody has one area of expertise and not many subjects of different areas have to be crammed like in India. This focus of being dedicated and the application of knowledge using technology puts German standards apart from Indian system. That is what makes things intensive here.

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      C Amoabeng 

      2 years ago from Germany

      Dev. Good for you. First and foremost, there is no point comparing the toughness of any two educational systems, since toughness is relative. What one might find tough, another person might find easy. If you read my article carefully, I clearly said that German educational system is ONE OF THE TOUGHEST and NOT THE TOUGHEST. If you feel Indian's educational system is tougher, that's OK. You are entitled to your opinion. But the purpose of that statement was not compare the toughness of any two educational systems but rather to make students mentally prepared so they can succeed in their studies.

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      dev 

      2 years ago

      The German education system especially school system is nowhere near the competitiveness which Indian schools have. Entrance exam for Indian universities for medical and engineering are in fact one of the toughest examination in the world. And preparation for that is so intensive that it is at times even more than what one learns in first or second year. I am 2nd-year bachelor student in Berlin university and some of the things we learn now were already done in my school in india while preparing for IIT-JEE(entrance exam for engineering ).

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