Visa for Study, Research and Language Courses

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03.05.2022 - Article

If you would like to study or participate in a language course in Germany or if you are planning a research stay, you will need to apply for a long-term visa first. More information can be foud here.


In order to apply for a visa to study/attend a language course/research, you must first book an appointment at the Kampala Embassy. Please follow the link to the appointment booking system. After booking the appointment, you will receive a confirmation email. A printout of this must be carried with you to the appointment.

As soon as the appointment has been booked, you have to fill out and print out the application form and the instructions in accordance with Section 54 of the Residence Act. The printouts and all other required documents (please refer to checklist below) must be brought to your appointment.
The application form can be filled out electronically here or downloaded under Downloads and filled in by hand.

Important instructions:
Please make sure that you enter your data completely and correctly both when booking an appointment and when filling in the application form. Otherwise, even minor errors can lead to the rejection of the application or considerable delays.

Please do not send any documents to the visa office without being asked – especially not before you apply. These documents cannot be kept and/or assigned here. Please always bring complete documents with you to the appointment.

Processing Time

Processing time might take up to three months, in exceptional cases even longer and always depends on the individual case. Since the issuance of visa always has to be approved by the competent alien’s authority, the processing time not only depends on the embassy. Therefore, we recommend to you not to purchase any flight tickets or enter into other commitments before the visa is issued. We hereby inform you that the embassy is not liable for any costs incurred in this regard.

We will contact you as soon as a decision regarding your application has been taken. Therefore, kindly ensure that you provide us with correct contact details. Please understand that enquiries regarding the processing status won’t be answered. Generally only enquiries from the applicant, his or her legal or authorized representative will be answered.

Visa Fees

The visa fee for national visas is 75,00 Euro (for minors 37,50 Euro) payable in Uganda Shilling and in cash only. The visa fees are determined according to §46 AufenthV and set in Euro, but are to be paid cash in Uganda Shilling only. Please note that neither Euro in cash nor credit card payments are accepted. The Uganda Shilling value of the visa fee is determined by the current exchange rate of the German Embassy Kampala.

Opening a blocked bank account (Sperrkonto) for students

With a blocked account, you can provide evidence during the visa application process that you have adequate financial resources. Find more infrmation here.

It is recommended to apply for the opening of a blocked account as soon as the university has approved your application. If you decide to have a blocked account with Deutsche Bank, it can take up to 8 weeks between the certification of your signature on the opening application and the final confirmation of the opening by Deutsche Bank. Furthermore, please note that the transfer can also take some time. In order to ensure that the enrollment deadline of the language school/university is not missed and the visa application fails, the blocked account should always be opened as soon as possible.

Application Form, Checklists & Other Information for Download

Are you planning to attend a language course in Germany? Please read about requirements and the application procedure here.

You intend to study at a German University? Please apply for a study visa.

Information in accordance with Art. 13 and 14 of Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (General Data Protection Regulation)

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