Apply for your student visa

  • Once you have confirmed that you meet ALL the conditions, pay your tuition fees and student health cover.
  • Lodge an application for your student visa.
  • Remember you need to arrive at your institute on time for orientation and enrolment.

Prepare to leave your home country

  • Decide what to carry along with you.
  • Plan your finances.
  • Know what to expect when you arrive.

Get informed about your Institute

  • Take note of orientation and enrolment dates.
  • Remember important academic dates.
  • Become familiar with Institute policies and procedures

Get to know your new surroundings

  • Find out about what is available on and near to the campus.
  • Find out about what is on in your proposed city itself and how you can get involved.

Book Your Airline Ticket

Book an airline ticket as soon as you have accepted your place at your proposed institute, as seats are in heavy demand prior to the start of Semester/trimester. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your visa application to be processed so you can arrive at your institute in time to attend orientation. Students must be present for the full duration of the orientation program.

Preparing To Leave Your Home Country


You must bring the following documents with you to your institute/University when you arrive for orientation and enrolment:

  • Passport - check the expiry date
  • Letter of Offer - the Letter of Offer is very important, as you will need to present it at the time of enrolment; please do not lose this document
  • Original or certified copies of your qualifications
  • Medical history or prescriptions required for ongoing medication.

Furnishings And Household Items

Not all accommodation (except for home stay) will include furniture or household items. All required items can be purchased easily from a wide variety of stores. Secondhand household items are available relatively cheaply.


Live and study in one of the most cosmopolitan and picturesque cities in the world. Experience a vibrant arts culture, superb shopping and a pleasant climate while you gain an internationally recognized university education. Meet students from around the world living in student accommodation in close proximity to your Institute/University or choose from a range of independent options located nearby. Whatever you decide, we suggest arranging your accommodation as early as possible - preferably as soon as you have accepted your place at your proposed Institute/University. If you haven’t decided where you would like to live in your chosen city we recommend booking Home stay for your first 2-4 weeks while you find more permanent accommodation.

Keep In Contact

Remember to contact your family and friends back home and let them know you have arrived at the respected country safely. Inform them of your travel details, where you are staying and how they can contact you by telephone or post. Be sure to keep them updated if you move house during your studies, as your institute / university is unable to release information about your address to your family and friends.

Student Employment

You are granted permission to work 40 hours per fortnight during the term and International students typically obtain work in retail, hospitality or administration, as these industries provide the most flexible working arrangements. You should be careful to ensure part-time employment does not distract you from your studies. Part-time employment should not be relied on to pay for your tuition fees or other living expenses.

Course Information

Institute / University has specialist staff who can assist you with :
  • Course Information
  • Eligibility for entry into university courses
  • The application process
  • Course Changes
  • Study Options

Plan your Journey

Plan your itinerary

Book your International flight tickets well in advance. Give your specific preference as regards to vegetarian or non vegetarian food requirements as these requests are entertained only till 24 hours before the flight departure. Connecting flight should have a gap of at least 4 to 4 ½ hrs. You should have the University’s contact person’s name & phone number when travelling with you. Try to avoid reaching your destination on weekends or at late night.

Travel Card

It is the most preferred mode of carrying money rather than Traveler's cheques & cash. Swiping facility is available and is absolutely free of cost. It can be re-loaded from our office.

Travel Insurance

This is beneficial & important and you should take travel insurance before you leave India.


You should carry at least 1200 Euros in cash along with you before you leave India. Try to avoid exchanging currency at the airports, as you may get higher conversion rates.

Try to get as many 20's Euro, 10'''s Euro and 5 Euro currency notes as you can. Avoid taking 100 Euros bills as at some places you will find difficulty in exchanging them. It will also be easier to pay at your transit airport (in case any), in case you want to buy some food, or call up your parents using a pay-phone.

Departure from India

Plan your trip so that you reach the University/College before the Enrolment / Orientation date.


2 Check-in luggage and 1 hand luggage is normally allowed with all airlines. Each luggage should approximately weigh 23 kgs to 25 kgs and 8 kg in a cabin luggage. Do not carry more than two check in luggage.

(There are fixed standards for the size of this bag too!) It is always recommended that you should check with the airline authorities to know about particular luggage limitations, since these are frequently changed by several airlines regulations.

For domestic flights the weight of 15 to 20 kg is permissible, but you are permitted to carry weight as per International weighing policy if you are having an International connecting flight within 24 hours of your domestic flight.

Things to be carried in your Hand / Cabin Luggage :

Do not check in the following documents in your baggage. If your baggage is lost or delayed, you will be unable to present the documents at your port of entry. As a result, you may not be able to enter Germany.

  • Original Passport.
  • Original Letter Of Acceptance,
  • Paid tuition fees receipt if any,
  • All original Academic documents and Transcripts
  • Evidence of financial resources,
  • Name and contact details of your "Designated School Official", including a 24-hour emergency contact number of the school,
  • Shorter extract of contact addresses - especially of people coming to pick you up,
  • Prescription of medicine by a MD Doctor with the quantity and the medicine,
  • Insurance policy,
  • 1200 Euros Currency,
  • Address book / phone book (Indian and Germany),
  • Copies of your photos (passport size),

Things to be carried in your Check-in Luggage :

  • Formals, Casuals, Footwear, Toiletries, Winter wear, Linen.
  • You need to prepare 2 to 3 sets of Academic documents. (originals in the hand baggage)
  • Utensils, Foodstuffs. Study Materials and Stationery, Medicines, Family photos, 'Indian' ethnic stuff, music cd's/pen drive.
  • Medicines : Crocin, pain killers. A sample list of medication that you might find useful is presented here: Crocin/Disprin/Erythrocin/Sporadix/Cosovil/Febrex Plus and related ailments such as cough, cold, and body-/head-aches), Baralgam (abdominal colic pain/backaches), Avomin (air sickness), Avil (general allergies), Eldopar (to prevent loose motions), Zandu Balm/Amrutanjan (body-/head-ache), Soframycin (superficial wounds), Lotomil/Digene/Eno (digestion/gastric trouble), Band Aids, nasal inhaler (Vicks), pain relief spray, antiseptic lotion (Dettol), painkiller tablets (Combiflam/Brufen), burn ointment (Burnol), B-complex tablets and moisturizing lotion (Vaseline/cold cream - highly recommended for winters).
  • Immunization Report: Medical Report within 90 days is advisable.
  • Necessary book/notebooks. Students can check with the Student Organization for the text book list.
  • Copy of address book/telephone book/diary.
  • Get a college bag to suit your daily needs. Remember that the bag might have to accommodate bulky books that you may carry from/to the library or even large quantities of printed out papers sometimes! A wiser idea might be to get a laptop bag instead, so that it can serve the purpose of a college bag, and it can help you carry a laptop when you might eventually buy one. Make sure that the bag can fit a 15.4" laptop (though you might prefer a 14.1" laptop anyway).

Clothing Accessories

  • Formals : One suit (Black or dark blue preferred), ties (1-2).
  • Casuals : Jeans (number of your choice, but at least 2 is recommended), T-shirts/sweats + half-sleeve shirts (6+) flannel shirts (2+), shorts (for outdoor, indoor, sports use) (number of your choice). Track-suit (for sports enthusiasts) kurta-pyjamas (if you are fond of wearing them, T-shirts and shorts are common in the spring and summer. Get shorts that are on the longer side. Also try to make sure your shirts are of the types that do not require ironing.
  • Footwear : Sneakers, (If you buy Nike or Reebok you will be with the crowd) formal shoes, (good leather ones) leather chappals/sandals/loafers/kolhapuris, bathroom slippers and - Try to get shoes which have \/\/\/\/ shaped sole (for better grip). Flat-soled shoes slip on the snow.
  • Underwear : 11 sets of underwear (so you wash only once in two weeks) socks (6 pairs), preferably cotton, not nylon.
  • Misc : Towel (2 turkish), napkins (2), leather belts (2+) (one formal leather belt and others as you please) You must have a good jacket ( leather with fur inside), handkerchieves (6+), You must have a traditional Indian dress (1+). Good leather wallets, preferably one that can hold lots of cards, like the ones they show in films. You will definitely have 10 different cards in your wallet at all times.
  • Winterwear : Get a Good leather Jacket with fur lining or heavy-duty snow jacket. Sweaters (medium quality, at most 2), muffler/scarf, woolen cap and gloves.
  • Linen : Bedsheets (doublebed size, 2), pillow covers (big, 2), shawl/light blanket (for pring/summer use).
  • Things you better buy in Germany : wind-cheaters, tracksuits, good sweaters (they're cheap), comforter, thermal underwear (if required). For ladies they are advised to get a few salwar-suits, a couple of saris and/or any other traditional apparel. That takes care of traditional Indian dress.

Baggage list of Goods to be taken with you to Germany

Pressure Cooker - 4 L.T., (Spare Handle 3, Safety Valves, Base Plate & 3 Gaskets) Normal Chappals Stapler / Sharpener
Laces / Polish / Cloth Postal Stamps 20/- Locks - 4
Rubber Stamp with Home Address Postal Stamps 20/- Rice Cooker
Stacking container Including Plastic Box Sandal Airmail Cover - 10
Jeans - 3 Indian Razor Blade - 1 Pkt Rice Cooker
China Plate, China Bowl (2 Cup Water) Small Bowls Rolling Pin Knife Tongs Cutting Board
Utensil Holder, Strainer Tea Spoons - 2, Table Spoons Forks - 2, Katori - 2, Tumbler
Serving Spoon - 2 + 1 + 1 Non Stick Kitchenware - 2 Glass - 2, Cook Book
Rice - 1 Kg, Dal - 2 Kg, Aata Masala - 2 Kg Snack Sweet, Snack Namkeen
Maggie - 2 Kg, X Large Noodles - 4 Pkt, Pickles, Papad Tea - 250 Gm, Coffee - 100 Gm
Needle with Thread, Button Contact Lenses, Eye Glass - 2 Wrist Watches, Wallets
Magazines Electric Iron Cloth Hangers - 6
Hawai Chappals, Socks - 6 Shoes - Leather, Shoes Casual Ganji - 11, Underwear - 11
Suit - 1, Tie - 2, Gloves T Shirts - 5, Cotton Shirts - 6 Pants - 6, Handkerchief - 6
Belts - 2, Towels - 4, Napkin - 2, Bermudas Swimming Trunk, Shorts, Pyjama - 4, Kurta - 3,
Bed Sheet - 2, Blanket - 1 Pillow, Pillow Cover - 2, Woolen Sweaters - 4
Umbrella Heavy Jacket - 2, Woolen Socks Suitcases - 2, Handbag - 1
Raincoat - 3, Woolen Shawl - 3 Trouser - 1, Blazer - 1 Alarm Clock - 1, Tool Kit - 1
Stationery - Pen / Pencil / Rubber Photo Family - 3, Camera - 2 Dictionary - 1, Calculator - 1
Address & Telephone Book, Dairy, Log Table Medical History Files Medicine, Homeopaths
Soap - 6+2 Tongue Cleaner, Shaving Kit Set Tooth Brush - 3, Tooth Paste - 2
Shampoo - 1 Large, Talcum Powder Combs - 4, Brush - 1, Hair Oil Cosmetics, Mirror - 1
Gifts Rollable Picture Washing Powder - 1 Kg Cold Cream - 1
Key Chain, Nail Cutter - 1 Soap Case - 2 Scissors, Safety Pins, Nylon Rope
Walkman, Audio Cassette Digital Diary Rubber Band
Belan, Chakla, Dal Churnner - 1 + Sweets / Handi, Religious Books Paper Knife / Kitchen Napkin
Cheese Grater Measuring Cup / Glass / Spoon

Get a headset (headphone, preferably stereo, with microphone) for voice chat with parents and friends back home or just to listen to songs (even if you do not plan to voice chat, get one with a microphone). Avoid taking any electrical appliances because the appliances in Germany run with a different electric socket/plug and at a different voltage.

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