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Visa Application

International students from the following countries do not need a visa to enter Germany, but need to bring a valid personal identity card or passport:

  • students from EU countries, the European Economic Area, and Switzerland (personal identity card)
  • students from Andorra, Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, Republic of Korea, Monaco, New Zeeland, San Marino, and the USA (passport)

All other students must apply for a visa in their home country before travelling to Germany. Before applying, please note:

Processing times for visa applications take at least two months. Therefore we highly recommend you to apply for the visa immediately upon receipt of your admission to the summer school.

The International Office of the University of Cologne is not responsible for arranging your visa.

Please note!

On the planned date of departure from Germany, your passport should have at least another three months validity. It should also contain at least two empty pages where the visa can be inserted.

For further information please visit the following websites or contact the offices of German consulates and embassies in your home country