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APS Step by Step Guide

If you’ve made the decision to study at Gisma – congratulations! As a student travelling to Germany from India, China, or Vietnam, you will need to acquire a student visa and follow the APS process. We are here to support you every step of the way!

Important Update: Effective March 1st, 2024, Gisma University of Applied Sciences is taking a more active role in supporting students through the APS process. We’ve streamlined the journey and now offer dedicated assistance to ensure a smooth experience. This includes answering your questions, helping you complete the application, and submitting it to the German Ministry and APS.

Germany is the most popular option for international students looking to study in Europe and moving to Germany as a student is an extremely exciting opportunity. If you study at Gisma in Germany, you will benefit from the country’s rich history, career opportunities, travel opportunities, and lots of things to do and people to meet. As an international student, there are steps you must follow before you start your journey. But don’t worry, we have a team of support staff to guide you through the entire process.

The German Foreign Affairs Ministry has now introduced an Academic Evaluation Center (abbreviated in German as APS) for applicants from India who wish to study in Germany. Such Academic Review Boards already exist for study applicants from Vietnam and China. An APS certificate will be required for visa applications for Germany by students who have acquired educational degrees from India. The entire process is closely connected with the German Embassy in New Delhi.

Since 1 November 2022, all students from India who wish to study in Germany (and thus seek a study visa for Germany) must now follow the APS India process. Anyone, irrespective of nationality, who is pursuing or has acquired educational qualification from any of the recognised Indian school boards or universities must apply for an APS certificate as a pre-requisite for student visa application.

This is a process to verify the authenticity of all your academic documents and your eligibility to take up the chosen course of study, ahead of your academic journey in Germany. A certificate issued by APS is mandatory to apply for a student visa to study in Germany. Please be assured that our team of Programme Consultants are here to guide and support you every step of the way!

If you already have your APS certificate, this will be valid for applications to Gisma.

We’ve compiled a step-by-step guide to what’s involved in the process, to make things as clear to you as possible.

Student Hari Chayanam from India

Hear from fellow student Hari, who enrolled in one of our programmes at Gisma to get ahead in his career. Some of the many things that appealed to him at Gisma include the spirit of innovation at the campus, and the friendliness of the locals in Germany. He found the state-of-the-art facilities to be the best part of the Gisma Potsdam campus and this dramatically enhanced his study experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information regarding APS, please check the official website here