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Frequently Asked Questions

This "Frequently Asked Questions" section aims to answer most of your questions about "Living and Studying in Germany". However, please feel free to contact us if you're still unclear about a specific issue, we're happy to help!

Please keep in mind that while we're advising you to the best of our ability and knowledge, no warranty or guarantee regarding the correctness or accuracy of the information is assumed.

There are currently four sections to this FAQ:

In addition to our FAQ, you will also find more information on our pages Studying in Germany, Research in Germany, Doing your PhD in Germany and Living in Germany as well as on the following websites:

 

Studying in Germany

 

Why should I continue my university education in Germany?

Is my Australian school-leaving certificate sufficient for undergraduate study in Germany?

What are the degrees offered by German institutions of higher education?

Can I study in Germany in a language other than German?

What are the 'International Degree Courses'?

What is the difference between an University, a "Fachhochschule" and a Technical University?

How do I gain a PhD in Germany?

What are "Graduiertenkollegs" (Research Training Groups)?

What about libraries and computer facilities at German universities?

How much money do I need to finance my stay in Germany?

Am I allowed to work while studying in Germany?

Applying for DAAD Scholarships

 

How does the application process via the MOVE Portal work?

What happens if the deadline falls on a Sunday or Public Holiday?

Can I upload additional documents after the deadline?

Who should I submit my application to?

Can I receive the same scholarship more than once?

How long should my project description be?

What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?

I don't speak any German/I have other German language certificates - do I still require a Sprachzeugnis?

What information should I provide under "Degrees held (Abgelegte Hochschulexamen)" on the form?

What does "academic certificates" refer to on the application form?

Do I need to have my copies of certificates and transcripts authenticated?

How many copies of my application should I hand in?

Do I need to provide a medical certificate with my application?

I'm applying for an artist scholarship - will my support materials be returned?

Are scholarships available for online courses?

Can I receive other scholarships at the same time as a DAAD scholarship?

I haven't been accepted into my Master's programme yet - can I still apply for a scholarship?

Can my research grant be extended?

Can I split my research grant into two research periods?

I'm not an Australian citizen. Can I still apply?

When can I expect to hear about the outcome of my application?

Living in Germany

 

Will my spouse be allowed to work in Germany?

What about child care and schools?

Do I have to pay taxes in Germany?

Is my Driver's License valid in Germany?

Am I safe in Germany?

What's the weather like in Germany?

What about mobility in Germany - can I travel the country?

Is there any difference between living in Eastern or Western Germany?

Can I bring pets to Germany?

Do I need a visa and what do I need to consider when applying for one?

Information for Germans

 

Kann ich beim DAAD Australia ein Praktikum machen?

Vermittelt der DAAD Praktika in Australien?

Welche Fördermöglichkeiten zum Studieren oder Forschen in Australien gibt es für Deutsche?

Kann ich mich als Deutsche/r für ein DAAD-Stipendium für einen Forschungs- oder Studienaufenthalt in Deutschland bewerben?

 

 

Studying in Germany

Why should I continue my university education in Germany?

German institutions of higher education have a centuries-long tradition of academic excellence. There are more than 500 institutions of higher education spread all over Germany, including universities, universities of applied sciences ("Fachhochschulen") and colleges of music and fine arts. There is a very wide spectrum of study options. In the last few years inter-disciplinary science and research have become significantly more important.
Since the mid 90's German universities have developed new study opportunities of specific interest and relevance for international students as courses and lectures are held in English with comprehensively designed study programs, international degrees and an academic support system provided by tutors and mentors. No tuition fees are charged (some exceptions apply).
To find courses in your desired field, you can check the DAAD Course Database.

Is my Australian school-leaving certificate sufficient for undergraduate study in Germany?

Anabin (Anerkennung und Bewertung ausländischer Bildungsnachweise = Recognition and Assessment of Non-German Education Certificates) allows you to check whether your school-leaving certificate will allow you to attend university in Germany. Select your country from the drop-down menu for an overview of recognised certificates.

If you don't meet the requirements you may have to attend a "Studienkolleg" and pass an assessment test before beginning your studies.

As Germany doesn't have general rules with regards to admission requirements, the best thing to do is to contact the international office of your chosen university. They will be able to give you detailed advice.

For general information, please head to Study-in.de.

What are the degrees offered by German institutions of higher education?

  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.) for non-technical subjects
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.), Master of Science (M.Sc.) for technical and science-oriented subjects
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA), Master in Business Administration (MBA)
    for economic and business management
  • Bachelor of Computer Science, Master of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.), Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

To find courses in your desired field, you can check the DAAD Course Database.

Can I study in Germany in a language other than German?

Yes! For those whose proficiency of the German Language does not allow to study in German, there is a wide variety of International Degree Courses, where the language of instruction is English, at least in the first semesters. German language courses are offered before and during the program. Many postgraduate courses are designed and conducted entirely in English.
However, the language spoken off campus is German.

What are 'International Degree Courses'?

In order to give more consideration to the interests of international student applicants, German institutions of higher education have introduced courses with an international perspective. Students can study for a Bachelors or Masters degree. Courses for undergraduates take 6 to 8 semesters, leading to a Bachelors degree. Postgraduate courses take 3 to 5 semesters leading to a Masters degree. In certain courses it is possible to obtain a PhD with 6 additional semesters. The academic standard of these courses is very high and the same number of seats is open to international and German students. The medium of instruction is English, German and/or bilingual. The DAAD website offers a searchable database of International Degree Programmes.

What is the difference between an University, a "Fachhochschule" and a Technical University?

All degree programs lead to a Bachelors or a Masters Degree or the German equivalent. The "Fachhochschulen" (University of Applied Sciences) are generally more oriented towards the practical use of theoretical knowledge. Most of their degree programs are in the field of engineering, natural sciences and business administration. Degrees in the field of humanities, social sciences are seldom offered at the "Fachhochschulen". They maintain close contacts with industry and offer extensive opportunities for internships. On the other hand, "Fachhochschulen" do not award the title of PhD. If you are certain you do not want to pursue an academic career (university teaching etc.) but instead you want to gain as much practical experience as possible, a "Fachhochschule" might be the right place for you to study.

How do I gain a PhD in Germany?

As soon as you have chosen a topic area, you need to find a professor who will act as your academic supervisor ("Doktorvater" or "Doktormutter"). The fastest and easiest way to get in contact with a German professor is through personal contacts of professors at your home university and their networking. Other possibilities are through scientific publications and searching the net, e.g. at http://www.hochschulkompass.de/en/ and at http://www.bildungsserver.de/index_e.html
Once you have an academic supervisor for your PhD thesis, you will generally be required to enrol at the relevant university for a number of semesters. Please inquire as soon as possible about whether the degree you currently hold qualifies you for a PhD program. German universities are increasingly creating special programs for foreign PhD candidates which have been specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of international applicants. These special measures primarily involve preparation, guidance-counselling and the provision of favourable research conditions. Not only can the thesis often be written in English or another world language, but study-integrated German language courses also help students overcome the language barrier.
You will find a comprehensive overview of how to go about doing your PhD in Germany on our website.

What are "Graduiertenkollegs" (Research Training Groups)?

The "Graduiertenkollegs" (Research Training Groups) are university institutions funded by the DFG. PhD candidates pursue their thesis work in the framework of a systematic and interdisciplinary study program and in joint groups of researchers who co-ordinate their research activities. Check out the list of Research Training Groups available.

What about libraries and computer facilities at German universities?

German institutions of higher education usually have extremely well-stocked libraries and archives where you can work in the quiet atmosphere of reading rooms. You do not need to buy all the recommended and mandatory reading material for your seminars. However, popular books are often lent on loan. Many institutions have set up computer facilities with individual access where students can work with various programs. At all institutions students are allowed access to the Internet and setup e-mail boxes.

How much money do I need to finance my stay in Germany?

You are strongly advised to assess your financial resources realistically. Although there are no tuition fees to be paid, you should have enough funds to cover your cost of living for the entire duration of your study. You should estimate with monthly expenses of no less than € 650. You should not plan on financing your studies by working in Germany, because your student visa and residence permit do not allow you to be gainfully employed for more than 90 days(180 half days) in a given year. If you do not finance your studies through own means but are sponsored by a third person (parents, relatives etc.) your relation to the sponsor has to be stated clearly and proven. Your sponsor has to give an explicit declaration of sponsorship.

Am I allowed to work while studying in Germany?

As a full-time student you are allowed to work part-time for 90 days (180 half days) in one year without a work permit. However, you have to contact the respective employment office, which states the necessary conditions.

If you are a DAAD scholarship holder and would like to earn some extra money besides studying, you need to get permission from the DAAD first, and your income may be offset against your scholarship. Please note that full-time employment is not compatible with holding a DAAD scholarship.
This DAAD leaflet explains everything in more detail.

Applying for DAAD Scholarships

How does the application process via the MOVE Portal work?

Applicants must apply online via the MOVE Portal before submitting two paper copies of their application. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Select your chosen scholarship via the links provided on our scholarship pages or via the search engine on www.funding-guide.de
  2. Register as a user
  3. Download and fill in the application form electronically; make sure you save it.
  4. Upload all required documents (the portal will guide you as to what they are)
  5. Print out the required number of copies of your application once the system has sent it to you (this may take up to a couple of hours)
  6. Submit all copies to the DAAD in Sydney by the deadline.

Please note that applying online is a requirement and we cannot accept any applications that have not been submitted online first.

Please note that any documents you send in don't need to be certified copies.

What happens if the deadline falls on a weekend or public holiday?

The deadlines provided in our application material are standard deadlines that are the same every year. This means that they sometimes fall on a weekend or public holiday. In that case, please make sure you finish your online application on the due date as it won't be valid otherwise. However, it is fine to send off the paper copy or copies on the first working day after the "official" deadline – eg. if Friday 30th is a public holiday, then the application needs to be postmarked the following Monday at the latest.

 

Can I upload additional documents after the deadline?

To upload additional documents after the deadline, please follow these instructions.

While replacing a document you have already uploaded isn't possible, you can always add an updated or new document in addition to the old one. To do so, please follow the above instructions. In addition, it's a good idea to send a message within the system to let the DAAD know that you've done so. If you're not sure how to send a message within the system, please take a look here.

 

Who should I submit my application to?

The paper version of your application needs to be sent either to us or to Germany, depending on which programme you're applying for. You will find more information in the Applicant Checklist for your scholarship as well as on the DAAD Scholarship Database and, once you've uploaded your application, on the MOVE Portal.

If your application goes to us, please do not hand in your application in person unless you have made an appointment with one of us, and do not leave it outside the Goethe-Institut or at Goethe reception.

Please make sure you have submitted your application online first before sending your copies to us. You will find all required information during the online application process.



Can I receive the same scholarship more than once?

This depends on which DAAD scholarship you've received previously:

  • Study Scholarships for Graduates of All Disciplines: No.
  • Research Grants - One-Year Grants: No.
  • Research Grants - Short-Term Grants: Yes. You can receive one grant per 12-month period.
  • Hochschulwinterkurs: Yes. You can receive one scholarship per 3-year period.
  • Encounter Europe: Yes. You can receive one scholarship per 3-year period.
  • Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists: Yes. You can receive one scholarship per 3-year period.
  • Re-Invitation Program for Former Scholarship Holders:Yes. You can receive one scholarship per 3-year period, provided you have returned to your home country (or another country) at least 3 years before applying again.



 

How long should my project description be?

The project description will differ from scholarship to scholarship. You will find an indication of the suggested length in the Applicant Checklist for your scholarship. In addition, you will find some general guidelines here.


What are the requirements for letters of recommendation?

There are two options for this: Professors/referees can

  • fill out a DAAD Gutachten/Reference form (see application package)
  • or write their own letter of recommendation.


We recommend that referees fill out the DAAD reference form or at least use it as a guideline for their letter. We find that most Australian referees write letters that meet our expectations.
The minimum requirements for letters of recommendation are that they be on university (or other institution) letterhead stationery and have an original signature.
Please make sure your referee provides the number of copies of his/her reference noted in the Applicant Checklist for your particular scholarship type. Alternatively, your referee can send a scan of his/her reference directly to us by email.


I don't speak any German/I have other German language certificates. Do I still require a Sprachzeugnis?

If you have no knowledge of German and your research/study language in Germany is English, you don't have to provide a German language certificate.

If you are not an English native speaker but have studied or done research in Australia, you also don't need to submit an English language certificate.

If you have some knowledge of German, the Sprachzeugnis document should be filled in and signed by a member of the German Department at your university or by a language teacher at a Goethe-Institut. If you are no longer at a university, finding a German professor willing to do this shouldn’t be a problem as the assessment only takes 10 to 15 minutes. 

If selected for a DAAD-Scholarship over 6 months, you are eligible to receive free German language courses from the DAAD.



What information should I provide under "Degrees held (Abgelegte Hochschulexamen)" on the form?

This is question No. 5 on the Form "Application for Research Grants and Study Scholarships".
Please list all your degrees here (BA, BSc, MA etc.). If you're expecting to finish a degree before taking up a potential DAAD scholarship, please enter it on the last line.

What does "exam certificates" refer to on the application form?

The application form asks for certified copies of "all university end-of-year exam certificates (with individual grades)". These are your normal university transcripts.

Do I need to have my copies of certificates and transcripts authenticated?

You don't need to submit certified copies - normal carbon copies will do. The DAAD will request certified copies from you only if you are granted a scholarship. In addition to the institutions mentioned in the application form, this can be done for free by any Justice of the Peace and at any pharmacy or police station.


How many copies of my application should I hand in?

Please send the number of copies of your application to us that is stated in the online system. This will usually be two copies.

Exception: You may submit just ONE of each of your original recommendation letters if you receive them sealed or if your referees are sending them to us directly.


Do I need to provide a medical certificate with my application?

You are only expected to submit a Medical Certificate if requested by the DAAD, usually only once you've received a scholarship.


I'm applying for an artist scholarship - will my support materials be returned?

Application forms and all supporting material remain with the DAAD. Upon request, headquarters will be able to return support material to applicants from music, art, performance and architecture.


Are scholarships available for online courses?

Unfortunately, the DAAD does not support online courses.

Can I receive other scholarships at the same time as a DAAD scholarship?

If you are receiving other funds or scholarship(s) for the period you are applying for, you are obliged to note this on the application form; these will be taken into account when deciding how much funding you will be granted. In some cases where your current scholarship pays more than the DAAD scholarship, this may mean that you will only receive e.g. a travel allowance or health insurance, but no living allowance. However, you will still be a DAAD scholarship holder and join the ranks of DAAD alumni, including all alumni benefits such as contacts within the DAAD network, invitations to alumni meetings, a special re-invitation program for former one-year scholarship holders and more. 
Please note that receiving any other scholarship from Germany will automatically exclude candidates from being able to apply for a DAAD scholarship.

I haven't been accepted into my Master's programme yet - can I still apply for a scholarship?

As German university deadlines are later than our deadline, you may not yet have been admitted to a German university at the time of your DAAD application. In this case please simply send confirmation of acceptance from the German university directly to Bonn (cc to DAAD Sydney) as soon as you have it.
If you are already enrolled in Germany and applying for the second year of a Master’s, please submit evidence of admission to a German university.
The DAAD recommends applying to at least two, better three, universities to avoid a situation in which you are granted a scholarship but end up not getting accepted into a Masters program.


Can my research grant be extended, for example to support my complete PhD?

The main DAAD website states that it is possible to extend Research Grants under special circumstances: "Support can only be provided for the completion of a full PhD program in Germany when special support policy reasons exist. Such reasons include, for example, the lack of comparable research or academic supervision opportunities in the home country or when the PhD topic requires several years of research in Germany." However, it is extremely unlikely that Australian students will qualify for this.
It is therefore important that all students wishing to complete a full PhD program in Germany are aware that any DAAD funding will not be for the entire program and that they are responsible for finding further funding. If this applies to you, please include a brief note with your application stating that you are aware that you will be required to find your own funding for the rest of your PhD.

Can I split my research grant into two research periods?

Research Grants of more than 6 months can be divided into two periods (for example two 4-month research stays) if this is proposed in the initial application and approved by the selection panel. In this case a travel re-imbursement will be provided for both journeys. Please note that candidates may only receive one Research Grant within any twelve-month period.


I'm not an Australian citizen. Can I still apply?

- Applicants for Research Grants (both under and over 6 months), Artist/Architect Scholarships and Graduates of All Disciplines:
If you have been living in Australia for a minimum of one year and your current residence is in Australia, you are eligible to apply.

- Applicants for Research Grants over 6 months, Artist/Architect Scholarships and Graduates of All Disciplines:
It is usually required that you have gained your last degree in Australia or will be gaining it before taking up your scholarship. For example: If you are applying for the Graduates of All Disciplines program to do your Masters in Germany, you should have gained your Bachelor degree in Australia.

- Applicants for Research Stays and the Go8-DAAD scheme:
The only relevant criterion is that you must be employed at an Australian university or research institute.

If you have lived in Australia for less than a year, you are still eligible if the DAAD offers the same program to students/academics in your home country. Please click here for a list of DAAD Representatives in your region. If the program is available in your home country, you can send your application in to us. We will forward it to Bonn where it will be assessed against other applications from your home country.

Please note that special restrictions apply to German applicants!


When can I expect to hear about the outcome of my application?

  • Study Scholarships for Graduates of All Disciplines: around March
  • Scholarships for Fine Art, Design/Visual Communication, Film, Music, Architecture and Performing Arts: around March
  • Research Grants - One-Year Grants: around late February
  • Research Grants - Short-Term Grants - March Deadline: around July
  • Research Grants - Short-Term Grants - September Deadline: around late January
  • Hochschulwinterkurs: late November
  • Encounter Europe: mid- to late September
  • Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists - March Deadline: around late June
  • Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists - September Deadline: late January or early to mid-February
  • Re-Invitation Program for Former Scholarship Holders - March Deadline: around June
  • Re-Invitation Program for Former Scholarship Holders - September Deadline: around February

You will also find this information on your applicant's checklist.

The announcement of scholarship application outcomes can sometimes take a bit longer than expected, so we ask all applicants to be patient, we will inform you by e-mail as soon as we get word and you will receive notification by post as well.

Please note that no reasons for decisions will be given.


 

Living in Germany

 

Will my spouse be allowed to work in Germany?
Yes, under certain conditions. If your husband or wife wants to work in Germany, he or she should let that be known when applying for the visa. Spouses who accompany guest researchers can receive a limited residence permit and a working permit if they submit an application. This should be done as soon as possible so the application will be put in priority sequence.

What about child care and schools?


For very young children, between the ages of one and three, all-day care is possible at day nurseries. But as with all-day kindergartens, it's hard to find free spots here. So-called "Day Mothers" (Tagesmütter) often provide day care in their own homes. You and the day care provider can agree on when you will drop off and pick up your child, and you aren't bound to the specific times of other day care institutions. Babysitters, who charge an hourly fee to look after children, often advertise their services on notice boards found in supermarkets or kindergartens. Information about kindergartens, 'Tagesmütter' and other day care options is available at youth offices, or city and municipal administration offices.

Children between three and six an attend the kindegarten: No one will force your child to go to kindergarten, but if you (or your child) would like to, registration takes place usually in the spring. Even so, most kindergartens will accept children later if there’s still room. If the kindergarten, the parents (and the child) agree, the little one can stay either in the morning from 8 a.m. to noon and/or in the afternoon from 2 to 5 p.m. Kindergarten costs vary. Public ones cost between 70 and 120 euro a month; private ones between 150 and 200 euro. For those parents who are looking for care for the entire day, there are some all-day kindergartens where your child can stay from about 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. But it’s difficult to find a spot at these places, simply because they’re so few in number. Every child in Germany over the age of three has the right to a place in a kindergarten and can spend mornings there until about 12:30 p.m.

Every child between the ages of 6 and 15 has to attend school. There are no charges, although parents must pay for books and other kinds of teaching materials. Generally, children and young people in Germany only have school in the mornings. Exceptions are private schools and “international schools” where kids have to study the whole day. Even at these institutions, usually only a minimal fee is required.

Do I have to pay taxes in Germany?

Whether you need to pay taxes or not depends on the duration of your stay in Germany as well as your status. If your stay in Germany does not exceed six months, you are not required to pay taxes. But if your stay is a longer one, you have to pay tax: Income taxes will be deducted from your income or fellowship. The employer, your host institute, pays these directly to the state. There are exceptions. Fellowships in amounts up to 2,000 euro are tax free. If your stay in Germany is shorter than half a year, taxes must be paid in your home country. Instructors and researchers who come to Germany for two years can also pay taxes at home, but a prerequisite is that your activities in Germany concern themselves solely with teaching. Germany has entered agreements with a variety of countries regarding tax law. These so-called double taxation agreements determine in which country taxes must be paid. Those who have paid some tax must file an income tax return at the end of every year. That can be done from home if you’ve returned to your home country when the end of the year rolls around. Filing an income tax return almost always pays off, since most of the time the taxpayer has paid too much and is entitled to money back.

Is my Driver's License valid in Germany?

In general, the rule is that foreign licenses are valid for six months. However, if your residency is abroad, you have it easier since your driver’s license has no time limits. If you do claim a residence in Germany, you can legally sit behind the wheel for half a year. After that, your license must be transferred. With some countries, this transfer requires the theoretical and driving tests, which are administered by driving schools. You can find out what regulations apply to your home country by asking the driver’s license department of your city or district administration office. In order to transfer your license, you'll need.

  • Your driver's license.
  • A passport photo
  • Proof of residency registration
  • A declaration that the license is still valid
  • Passport or identification card

Am I safe in Germany?

There are areas in every city in the world that women or men should avoid - in Germany as well. Caution is well advised, but fear isn’t called for. Germany is a relatively safe country, even though a country without crime has yet to be discovered. But if you follow a few rules, it’s quite safe to go about daily life in Germany. Depending on the neighborhood, it can be wise to avoid dark and deserted areas. Parking garages often have parking spaces near the entrance designated for women. A woman should only meet a man she doesn't know well in a place where other people are present. When looking at a new apartment, always be sure a companion is there with you. In an emergency you can call the Police from any telephone booth free of charge by dialling 110.

What's the weather like in Germany?

Life in Germany also means to cope with seasonal weather changes. The country lies in a rather cool westerly wind zone between the Atlantic and the continental climate in the east. Extreme weather changes tend to be rare. The average winter temperature is between 1.5°C in the lowlands and minus 6°C in the mountain areas. July is the warmest month of the year with an average temperature of 18° C in the lower regions and 20° C in the sheltered areas of southern Germany. You can pursue leisure activities in accordance with the prevailing seasonal weather. Winter offers skiing, not only in the Alps to the south, but also in the hills and lower mountain ranges. Summer can be pleasantly spent on the beaches of the North Sea and Baltic Sea.

Is there any difference between living in eastern or western Germany?

The Berlin Wall fell on a November night in 1989 and the two German States reunited in 1990. Today, the differences between the "Ossis" from the east and the "Wessis" from the west are still noticeable, although they are increasingly fading. Young people, in particular, no longer grow up with the awareness of a divided identity. Indeed, much has become more modern in the east: This part of Germany has been undergoing a process of modernisation since German unification. Students will find smaller universities in the east which have the advantage that much more direct contact between academic staff and students is possible.

Can I bring pets to Germany?

If you can't bear leaving your pet behind, you can take it along with you to Germany. But you must ensure that the animal is vaccinated against rabies, at least 30 days before crossing the border. In this case, vaccination must not date back more than twelve months and six months for cats. A tax is levied on dogs, which can be paid through your bank after registering the animal at the local town hall.

What about mobility in Germany - can I travel the country?

Yes, you can! You do not necessarily need a car in Germany - even though driving may be fun but somehow different from driving in Australia! The country has an excellent public transport network. Bus and rail will take you to practically every village. The trains run by Deutsche Bahn AG, the S-Bahn suburban rail networks and the tram and underground lines are to be found all over Germany. Busses and taxis are also available. Deutsche Bahn's InterCity trains commute regularly between the major cities, as does the high-speed ICE train. Domestic flights are increasing. All major cities have airports, with some servicing international routes. One means of transport is particularly popular with students and many places have established special lanes and parking opportunities for it: the bicycle. Cycling is an ideal way to get around, especially in smaller towns. You can quickly reach any destination you like. Student districts also usually have the necessary infrastructure, from the cycle repair-shop to the specialist stores for racing bikes.

Do I need a visa and what do I need to consider when applying for one?

Australian citizens may obtain a visa after arriving in Germany. They can travel to Germany regardless of how long they intend to stay. They are however required to obtain a valid residence permit within their first three months in Germany (at the Aliens' Registration Office, Ausländerbehörde) and organise their visa in Germany.
 
The German consulate or embassy will be able to tell you more:

http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Infoservice/FAQ/Uebersicht_node.html

http://www.australien.diplo.de/Vertretung/australien/en/Visa/VISA.html
 
The type of visa you need depends on – among other things – whether you have already received your notification of admission from a German university. (Please do not enter the country as a tourist! A tourist visa cannot be converted to a student or applicant visa).

If you have not yet received notification of admission to a university or university preparatory course, you should apply for an applicant visa. This three-month visa allows you to meet the admission requirements. If you find that three months is not long enough, you may extend your visa to a maximum of six months. If you are admitted to the university or a university preparatory course within this period, you may apply for a student visa or a residence permit for purposes of study.

If you have received your notification of admission to university or a university preparatory course, you should apply for a student visa. Student visas are usually issued for a three-month duration. If you plan on studying in Germany for a longer period, you will have to apply for an extended residence permit at the Aliens' Registration Office (Ausländerbehörde) in your university town.

We recommend contacting the German Embassy or Consulate General for a complete list of documents required for a visa application.

If you are not an Australian national, please check the list of states whose citizens require visas to enter Germany.

 

Information for Germans

 

Kann ich beim DAAD Australia ein Praktikum machen?

Leider können wir aus rechtlichen Gründen keine Praktika anbieten. Ein Praktikum in einem DAAD-Informationszentrum ist nur im Rahmen des Freiwilligendienstes 'Kulturweit' möglich, der seit 2009 durch das Auswärtige Amt und die Deutsche UNESCO Kommission organisiert wird. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier.

Vermittelt der DAAD Praktika in Australien?

Der DAAD vermittelt leider keine Praktika . Bei der Suche nach fachlich geeigneten Praktika im Ausland helfen jedoch verschiedene Organisationen. Der DAAD selbst bietet kein umfassendes Förderprogramm für Auslandspraktika an, jedoch können unter bestimmten Umständen Reisekostenzuschüsse gewährt werden. Informationen über die Fördermöglichkeiten des DAAD sowie eine Übersicht über Praktikumsorganisationen finden sie hier.

Welche Fördermöglichkeiten zum Studieren oder Forschen in Australien gibt es für Deutsche?

Für Deutsche, die Informationen über Förderungsmöglichkeiten für Studium oder Forschung in Australien suchen, haben wir eine Übersicht an Förderungsmöglichkeiten zusammengestellt.

 

Kann ich mich als Deutsche/r für ein DAAD-Stipendium für einen Forschungs- oder Studienaufenthalt in Deutschland bewerben?

Deutsche (einschließlich Doppelstaatler), die in Australien leben, können sich um Studien-, Forschungs- und Forschungskurzstipendien für Deutschland bewerben, wenn sie glaubhaft nachweisen, dass sie ihren Lebensmittelpunkt in Australien haben. Als Richtwert gilt dabei ein Mindesaufenthalt von 6 Jahren.

Für Bewerbungen auf Forschungsaufenthalte ist eine Förderung durch den DAAD nur möglich, wenn Sie seit mindestens 10 Jahren an einer australischen Universität oder Forschungseinrichtung in Vollzeit fest angestellt sind und zudem besondere Gründe vorliegen, warum Sie ein Stipendium erhalten sollten.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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