We recognise that choosing a university and studying overseas can be one of the most important decisions you will make. Our Student Recruitment Team is here to help you study in Germany at GISMA.
Germany is a well-regarded, vibrant state, known for its cosmopolitan outlook and roaring economy. There are plenty of employment opportunities here for students and graduates; and with a high standard of living, international students can expect to live comfortably and safely.
There are also efficient transport links, allowing you to explore all of Germany’s cities. Students will always have something to do, especially as Germany has many year-round popular events.
- Students within the European Union (including Norway, Switzerland, Iceland, and Liechtenstein) do not require a German student visa.
- Students from the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, and South Korea, Andorra, Australia, Brazil, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino, South Korea also do not need a visa to study in Germany (reference: https://www.berlin.de/labo/willkommen-in-berlin/einreise/verlaengerung-eines-visums/artikel.599669.en.php)
- Residents from these countries will need to apply for their residence permit (Aufenthaltserlaubnis) within 90 days of arrival in Germany.
- If you are from a country not listed above, you will need a student visa for Germany. You must apply for this in the local German embassy or consulate in your home country.
- For up to date information, check here or contact your local German embassy or consulate
Once you receive your admissions letter, you can apply for a student visa immediately. This visa is usually issued for a period of 90 days. If you have to stay more than 3 months, you MUST apply at the Alien Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) in the city where the university is located to get the proper Residence Permit: “Aufenthaltstitel/Aufenthaltsgenehmigung”.
For more information about German visa regulations, click here.
For more information concerning the visa process at the German consulate in your home country, click here.
Once you complete your postgraduate studies, you are able to apply for a post-study work visa for up to 18 months. This gives you the opportunity to use the skills you developed at GISMA in the German labour market. We also have a dedicated Careers Department so you can hit the ground running.
For more information check here.
You can start your accommodation process at GISMA once you receive your visa and book your flight ticket. The process is as follows:
- The “Accommodation & Airport Pick-Up Application form” can be completed here.
- After you send your application, you will receive an accommodation offer after a minimum of two weeks.
- Your offer will include: a description of the accommodation, local area, and costs (rent, deposits, accommodation fee, etc.). If you decline our offer, you will only receive one more
- If you accept, you will receive booking confirmation - including payment details from your landlord.
- If you request Airport Pick-Up in your application, you will also receive confirmation for this.
Please note: help with your accommodation is not offered as part of your programme fees.
We have partnered with top European business schools and universities in the United Kingdom to offer a range of scholarship opportunities and flexible payment plans. For more information, click here.
Our fee programmes range from €15,000 to €33,000.
With our postgraduate programmes, you will gain invaluable client-facing skills to successfully meet interpersonal and cross-cultural challenges.
- The Magellan MBA
- Grenoble MBA
- Grenoble MIB
- Grenoble MSc Marketing Management
- Grenoble MSc Innovation, Strategy & Entrepreneurship
- MSc International Marketing
- MSc Corporate Financial Management
- MSc Leadership and Human Resource Management
- MSc Strategic Business Management
- MSc Project Management
- MSc IT Security Management
- MSc Data Analytics and Marketing
Postgraduate applications can be made online through the relevant programme page. Early applications are recommended for international students, as the visa process can take up to one month.
Every programme has its own entry requirements, so make sure to check our programmes page to see specific information.
The minimum entry requirements for GISMA are:
- IELTS — overall band score from 6.0
- Strong undergraduate degree from a recognised university
- GMAT and three or more years of postgraduate work experience (only for the Magellan MBA and Grenoble MBA).
All postgraduate programmes at GISMA are delivered in English. However, we recommend learning the basics of German to enable you to communicate with local residents.
You can take advantage of our free beginner’s German classes when you enrol on one of our postgraduate programmes from Porto Business School, Grenoble Ecole de Management, and The University of Law.
A foreign (not a citizen of an EU or EEA member country) student studying full-time in Germany is legally permitted to work a maximum of 120 full (or 240 half) days within a year, without having to seek permission from German authorities.
The legally allowed number of working days for foreign students also includes voluntary work placements, regardless of whether this is paid or unpaid. In addition, foreign students cannot be self-employed or work as a freelancer.
We recommend that you do open a German bank account if you are going to rent a flat or are planning to apply for insurance, since this requires bank details so the money can be debited and it’s not possible to pay in cash. You can use a credit card, but cash cards are more common.
If you have a residence permit and your stay is expected to be longer than one year, family reunification is possible. However, in order for family to join you, you must support them without depending upon social assistance. For more information about visa regulations, click here.
Once you have received your Admissions Letter for your language or university programme, you can start with the visa application process. We recommend you apply as soon as possible as the visa application procedure can take time.
Whether you need a visa to enter Germany is dependent on your nationality, the length of your intended stay and the purpose of your stay. Find out if you can enter Germany without a visa here. If you are still unsure, you can always contact your local German embassy or consulate.
- If you are planning on studying in Germany for your graduate or postgraduate degree, you will have to apply for a Student Visa (Visum zu Studienzwecken). With the wrong visa, you will be forced to leave the country at some point and re-apply for the correct visa in your home country.
- If you are planning on taking a language course in Germany and then return to your home country afterwards, you will have to apply for a Language Course Visa (Visum zum Besuch eines Sprachkurses). With the wrong visa, you will be forced to leave the country at some point and re-apply for the correct visa in your home country.
- If you are planning on taking a language course in Germany in preparation for your future university studies or higher education programmes, you will have to apply for a Language Course Visa In Preparation of Studies (Visum zum studienvorbereitenden Sprachkurs). With the wrong visa, you will be forced to leave the country at some point and re-apply for the correct visa in your home country.
You can find the addresses of the German diplomatic missions on the website of the Foreigner’s Office. Since application procedures vary depending on the country you are applying from, you should always contact the German embassy or consulate in your home country prior to your application.
- Get in touch with the German diplomatic missions (German embassies or consulates general) in your home country to find out about the specific visa procedure and documents that need to be handed in, as the process varies depending on the country you are applying from. In general, you are asked to provide the officer with the following documents:
- Admissions Letter for the planned language or university programme
- Confirmation of health insurance coverage
- Proof of sufficient financial resources
- Completed visa application form (can usually be downloaded directly from the websites of the responsible diplomatic mission)
- Recent photographs
- Valid passport (make sure to have enough blank pages)
- Proof of visa fee payment
- Proof of language proficiency or proof that you intend on attending a language course in Germany (if study courses are not held in English)
- Certificates of prior academic achievements
- However, you should always check your local German embassy or consulate website again for current document checklists and recent updates.
- Also be aware that additional documentation can always be requested by the authorities and can vary throughout different embassies and countries.
Yes, before your visa can be issued, you will have to attend an in-person interview. During this interview you will have to provide certain documents and you will be questioned regarding your planned trip to Germany.
The German embassy usually does not make a final decision right away as your application will most likely be send to the Foreigner’s Office in the city you are planning to study. If the embassy or Foreigner’s Office have further questions or request additional documents, they will contact you. In general, a decision on your visa is made after a few weeks of processing. During this time, your passport may remain at the embassy. However, it can sometimes also take months for a visa to be issued, so be patient and apply as soon as possible.
Yes, make sure your passport is valid for your entire stay in Germany and has enough blank pages.
Processing times for a visa application differ depending on the country you are applying from, the type of visa you are applying for, the quality of your prepared documents and your performance during the visa interview. Your visa can be issued within a few weeks up to a few months. Therefore, it is important to apply early.
You are allowed to appeal or re-apply if your visa application was refused. However, be aware that an appeal or second application can be denied as well.
Please check with the German embassy or Consulate in your home country or on the website of the Foreigner’s Office to find out about current visa application fees.
The validity of your visa depends on various circumstances. In general, the visa can be issued for three months up to one year. The decision on the length of validity lies with the issuing authority.
You will not be able to extend your visa once you are in Germany. However, you can apply for your German residence permit within the validity of your visa at the Foreigner’s Office in the city you study in.
- Campuses in Berlin and Hannover
- Access to corporate links such as Continental and Volkswagen
- A dedicated Careers Centre
- Programmes taught completely in English
- Free beginner's German classes for all students
- Flexible payment plans and scholarships available*