Not all visa and residence permits are the same. Special regulations apply if you are in Germany on a student visa or residence permit for the purpose of studying. Here you can find out more!
Most students require a visa for entry. Students from the following countries do not require visa:
If your country is not included in the above list, you need a visa for entry!
You will need one of the following documents for enrollment:
You need to register at the responsible residents’ registration office within two weeks after your arrival. Afterwards, you can make an appointment with the competent foreigners’ office. If you live in Mannheim, you have to apply for a residence permit in K7.
You have to bring the following documents to this appointment:
If you hold a German residence permit for the purpose of studying, you may work for 120 days per calendar year (or 240 half-days per calendar year). For longer employment terms you always have to request approval from the foreigners’ office beforehand and in due time.
Academic positions at the university or research institutions associated with the university are excluded from these regulations and do not count towards the 120 days.
If you are in Germany with a student visa, you are allowed to work 120 full or 240 half days per year. Internships that are required by your study program are not counted towards this working day limit. A confirmation that your study program includes a mandatory internship can be obtained from Student Services.
Relevant voluntary internships that are important for the successful completion of your studies are permitted by default and therefore not counted towards the working day limit, either.
Voluntary internships that are not relevant to your studies and exceed the 120 day/240 half day limit per year require the approval of the foreigner's office.
If you stay abroad for more than six months, your residence permit will automatically become invalid. This will also be the case if you return before the expiration date of your residence permit. If the duration of your exchange is more than six months, you have to request approval from the foreigners’ office in advance and stating a reason. Otherwise you will have to apply for a German visa again from inside your host country!
You are welcome to study abroad. However, please be aware that you will need an additional visa for you host country, even if it is a country within the EU!
Please note: If you stay abroad for more than six months, your residence permit will automatically become invalid. This will also be the case if you return before the expiration date of your residence permit. If the duration of your exchange is more than six months, you have to request approval from the foreigners’ office in advance. Otherwise you will have to apply for a German visa again from inside your host country!
For further information please see special requirements for international students in Mannheim.
Within two weeks after completing your program of study, you have to apply for a new residence permit. Please note that your program of study is deemed completed, as soon as the grade of your last examination is displayed on the portal, and not upon the reception of your degree certificate.
As a graduate, you can apply for a residence permit for the purpose of finding employment, valid for 18 months. It allows you to work without restrictions. The application requirements are similar to those for the student residence permit. The only difference is that you can indicate a salary as proof of financial resources.
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