In accordance with international treaties and agreements, Germany does not require a visa from citizens of the EU, Australia, Japan, Canada, Israel, New Zealand, USA, Switzerland, Honduras, Monaco, Norway and San Marino. Citizens of all other nations have to obtain a visa to study in Germany. However, there are different kinds of visas and you have to pay attention as not every type of visa is applicable. There are three different kinds of visas:
Please note that a tourist visa CANNOT be converted into a student visa. In such cases you would have to return to your home country in order to apply there for the student visa.
To ensure that you have all the documents required for your stay in Hamburg, please check the list of essential documents below: