Visa Info for Nigerian Students Going to a University in Germany

  • 3 Months Start applying
  • 75 EUR Visa fee
  • Not required Proof of language

Visa Type D / Residence Permit

If you're a student from Nigeria, you'll need the Visa Type D / Residence Permit to study in Germany. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are ready to begin their study abroad adventure in Germany. Find out the best information about the process of getting the Visa Type D / Residence Permit to decide if studying abroad in Germany is right for you.

How much time will it take to get my visa?

Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application. Immediately after you've been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the German Visa Type D / Residence Permit. You should apply at least 3 months before your university degree programme starts.

Main steps to take for the German student visa

Here is what Nigerian students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Germany:

You can only schedule a visa appointment by e-mail. Be sure to attach the required documents. Then, you can go to a German consulate (not the embassy) in Nigeria for an interview and have biometrics collected.

Nigerian students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.

You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.

The Visa Type D / Residence Permit from Germany is valid for up to 3 months. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Germany after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.

How much will I have to pay for the student visa?

To apply for the German Visa Type D / Residence Permit, you will also have to pay a fee of 75 EUR. Depending on your situation, German authorities will allow you to pay this fee online, on location at a visa application centre in Nigeria, or through a bank transfer.

Nigerian students won't need to get health insurance for the German visa.

Students must pay a yearly residence permit fee 110 EUR.

What documents will I need to get for my student visa?

When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study programme. For Germany, they require you to prove that you can pay 720 EUR/month either from an external source, or already in your bank account.

Nigerian students won't have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in Germany. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Germany.

Nigerian students won't need to take a medical test before arriving in Germany.

Nigerian students will need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Germany.

Look at the Germany immigration website for more detailed visa information.


We owe a lot to Germany when it comes to the history of education. Germany, for instance, is the birthplace of the "research universities" - big buildings with libraries and laboratories, where knowledge is produced and expanded on every day.

In Germany, a wide range of disciplines are taken to the next level, fields like Engineering, Computer Sciences, Business and Management, and Cultural Studies being some of the most sought-after by international students, and where innovation is encouraged, and solutions are discovered constantly.

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