Once a student has been given admission to pursue any course in a university, the next step is to apply for a student visa. Student visa requirements vary from country to country. This article will take a look at how to apply and get a visa or a study permit to study free in Germany or Finland.
It has been noticed that some students cannot tell the difference between a visa and a study permit, let us take some time to explain this.
A visa can be described as an approval made by an agent of a country who has the right to place it in a passport issued by another country, given permission to the holder of the passport to either transit through the country or enter and stay in the country.
A study permit on the other hand is a document issued or given by the government of a country that gives permission or allows you to study in that country. It also affords you the opportunity to stay in the country for the duration of the program you are studying.
Applying for a visa to study in Germany
If you are an EU national or a citizen of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, you do not need a visa but for others citizens they will need a visa, once you’ve got an admission letter the next thing to do is to apply for a visa. To apply for a German visa, one must be in possession of the following very important documents as they will be needed at the embassy;
Evidence of financial resources
To show you can take care of yourself you will need to provide evidence of your financial capability. This evidence will include
- Security on a blocked account (8000 Euro)
- Proof of parents’ income and assets
- Bank guarantee
- Someone whose place of residence is in Germany agrees to assume the costs for you
- Scholarship from a recognized scholarship foundation
Apart from the above mentioned documents, the following will also be needed;
- Certificate showing your fluency in German or English language
- Health certificate
- Admission letter
- Your national passport or travel document with at least 6 months to expiration
Once you have all these documents, kindly contact the German embassy in your home country to apply for your visa.
Applying for a visa to study in Finland
To study in Finland, a student will need to apply for a visa. The Finnish embassy will request for the following documents;
- Evidence of financial resources
Non EU/EEA students need to show they have of 560 pounds which is the least requested by the immigration agents, it is advised you have about 900 Euros monthly.
- Admission letter.
- Your national passport or travel document with at least 6 months to expiration.
- Passport sized colour photographs, not more than 6 months old.
- It is very important to be able to show Ties or Obligations to return to your home country after your study.
- Bank statements showing up to six months transaction details, must show sources of income.
How to apply
Visit the countries embassy with the necessary documents and you will be told what to do.
NOTE: It can take a lot of days, weeks or even months to get the visa so make sure you start the application process on time