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Checklist Visas for Study / Language Course in Germany

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List of supporting documents to be presented by applicants for national visas in Ethiopia

To apply for a national visa, the following documents have to be provided by the applicant. Documents that are not presented either in German or English have to be submitted together with a translation into German or English by a certified translator.

Please note:

  • Laminated documents are not accepted.
  • You are required to submit one copy of every provided original document. Copies that are damaged or stapled are not accepted.
  • Incomplete applications may be denied.
  1. One completely filled and signed application form. Please use the Videx application form for national visas in order to speed up the application process and to reduce your waiting time.
  2. One recent biometrical passport photograph with a bright background (3.5 cm x 4.5 cm). The photo has to show the facial features from the chin to the hairline as well as the left and right half of the face: sample chart for passport photos
  3. A valid passport or other valid travel document as well as one copy of the first and all stamped pages. Please note that the passport/travel document has to be valid for at least three months after the end of the intended journey
  4. Ethiopian ID-Card (original and one copy)
  5. Civil birth certificate (original and one copy)
  6. Ethiopian school leaving certificate and school reports of the last four years of schooling (originals and one copy each)
  7. Letter of admission/certificate of enrolment at a German college/university (original and one copy)
  8. Proof of academic degrees (if applicable) - original and one copy
  9. Letter of motivation (original and one copy)
  10. Proof of sufficient financial means to support yourself during your studies in Germany. The amount of €934 per month for at least one year is required. Following are three possibilities of proof:
    ⬜ formal obligation (“Verpflichtungserklärung”; original and one copy) or
    blocked account (original and
    one copy) or
    ⬜ scholarship certificate (original and one copy)
  11. A health insurance valid for Germany for at least six months (original and one copy)
  12. Recognized language certificate of the language of study (equivalent to level B1), no matter if it is written in the acceptance letter that the language skills have already been considered in the admission procedure (original and one copy).
    For English, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are accepted in addition to the providers listed here.

During the appointment, digital finger prints of all fingers will be taken.


  • Holders of scholarships from DAAD, KAAD and other German organisations do not need to provide Nos 9-11 when presenting their scholarship certificate (original and two copies).

Please find the Embassy's address here.

For questions beyond the detailed information provided on the website, please contact the visa section via the contact form.

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