Studies and language courses visa

(National visa, category D, long term/permanent)

Studies and language courses visas are intendend for applicants wishing to either study or attend German language courses in Germany. 

Please note that a visa issued for language courses cannot be used for further studies in Germany. If an applicant wishes to study in Germany after attending a language course, he/she needs to apply for a studies visa.

To apply for your visa at the German Embassy Nairobi:

  1. Check if you can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi
  2. Make sure you have all the necessary documents
  3. Book your visa appointment online 
  4. Come to the German Embassy Nairobi for your appointment
  5. Wait up to 9 weeks for approval of your visa request
  6. Make travel arrangements only once you have your visa
  7. Welcome to Germany!

Who can apply at the German Embassy Nairobi?

Please note that all long term visa applicants will have to apply in person at the German Embassy Nairobi, as finger prints need to be taken of each applicant. It is therefore no longer possible to send applications via courrier services to the German Embassy.

  • Kenya residents: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Kenya (Kenyans and other). Nationals other than Kenyans will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass.

    Please note that the Honorary Consul in Mombasa cannot issue long term visa.

  • Burundi residents: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Burundi. Nationals other than Burundians will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass to Burundi.

  • Eritrea residents: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Eritrea (Eritreans and other). Nationals other than Eritreans will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass for Eritrea.

  • Seychelles residents: yes

    Yes. The German Embassy Nairobi will issue long term category D national visa to applicants residing in Seychelles (Seychellois and other). Nationals other than Kenyans will have to show a valid resident-permit and re-entry pass for the Seychelles.

    Please note that the Honorary Consul in the Seychelles cannot issue any visa.

Documents required for studies/language course visa

The following documents are required for a studies or language course visa. Please note that only complete applications will be accepted. Incomplete applications, forged documents and false information will result in immediate rejection and might lead to prosecution.

  • Passport

    Kenyan, Eritrean, Burundian and Seychellois nationals, residing in their respective country: original passport of applicant and 2 copies of the same. The passport must still be valid for a minimum of 6 months. The passport must have at least two empty pages and cannot be older than 10 years.

    Other nationals, residing in Kenya, Eritrea, Burundi or Seychelles: like above, but must have a valid residence permit and re-entry permit for the country of residence.

  • Photographs

    Two identical biometric photographs, passport size (3.5cm x 4.5 cm), no older than 3 months, bright background, one attached to application form and one loose.

    Biometric photograph instructions [pdf, 550.79k]

  • Proof of previous studies/trainings

    1. School leaving certificate (original and two copies)
    2. If applicable, proof of previous studies and/or professional trainings (originals and two copies)
  • For studies visa: university admission

    1. Original letter of admission to university
    2. If required, proof of knowledge of the German language (e.g. for classes held in German language)
  • For language course visa: admission letter

    1. Original letter of admission to the language course
    2. In some cases, proof of sufficient knowledge in German language might be required (e.g. advanced language courses).
  • Proof of financial arrangements for the stay

    The applicant has to show proof of sufficient funds for the entire duration of the studies or courses (no less than EUR 720 per month). The applicant has three options to finance his/her stay:

    1) Self-financed stay: the applicant will need to show proof of a blocked account in Germany, holding at least EUR 720 per month of stay (EUR 8.640,00 for a whole year).

    opening of a blocked account [pdf, 85.87k]

    With a limited‑withdrawal bank account you can provide evidence during the visa application process that you have adequate financial resources.

    We know of the following providers in Germany who currently offer limited‑withdrawal bank accounts for students:

    Fintiba

    Deutsche Bank

    It may also be possible to open a limited‑withdrawal account with a bank in the town or city where you will be studying. To find out, contact the local bank directly.

    2) Financing by a third party living in Germany (sponsor): formal obligation letter issued by a competent German authority (original and copy).

    3) Scholarship: proof of scholarship, stating duration and amount of monthly allowances.

  • Medical insurance

    Original and one copy of medical insurance for the duration of stay, with minimum cover of EUR 30,000 and valid for the whole Schengen area. 

    Please note: the following list of insurance companies only lists the Kenyan insurance companies which fulfill the Schengen requirements for medical insurance. The insurance can also be purchased from any other insurance company operating in any Schengen country if fulfilling these requirements.

    List of Schengen approved insurance companies [pdf, 77.64k]

Book your visa appointment now!

Visa appointments can only be obtained online. Please note that processing of a category C Schengen visa (e.g. business, visitor's, medical) will take 7 working days (in exceptional cases up to 15 working days). The processing of a long term category D visa (e.g. marriage, family reunion) can take up to 9 weeks.

Visa fees

Schengen visa (short-term):

  • Adult (12 years and above): EUR 60,-
  • Minor (6-11 years): EUR 35,-
  • Child (0-5 years): exempted

National visa (long-term):

  • Adult (18 years and above): EUR 75,-
  • Minor : EUR 37,50


Payment options:

  • By credit card (international cards only)
  • Cash, payable in Kenya Shillings, at the Embassy's current exchange rate

Exemption of fees (all categories, free visa): 

  • Spouses and minor children of German or E.U. nationals
  • Parents of German or E.U. minor children

Download your studies/language courses visa check-list

You will find all information regarding application procedures and the list of required documents on this check-list:

Checklist studies/language course visa (Kenya residents) [pdf, 101.08k]
Checklist studies/language course visa (Burundi residents) [pdf, 95.3k]
Eritrea-Visa for Studies-Language Course [pdf, 92.08k] )

Contact the visa section

Visa section

Telephone service of the visa section (information only):

Tue and Thu 15:00-16:00 hrs (Kenya)
(Summer CET + 1h, Winter CET + 2h)


Kindly note that all visa inquiries must be directed to the below-mentioned e-mail address. Please do not use the contact form for visa inquiries.

Phone:
+254-(0)20-4262 140
Fax:
+254-(0)20-4262 129

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