Here you can find useful information about what to do before your arrival in Germany. Click on the yellow bars to learn more about visa requirements, health insurance, opening a bank account and housing options for your studies at HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management.
Please be aware that processing time for a student visa might take up to three months. Application deadlines for our programs are fixed to allow students enough time for their visa process and on time arrival.
Important: Do NOT apply for a tourist visa. We are not allowed to accept it and it cannot be changed into a residence permit. We are unable to accept latecomers!
Visa Requirements for EU Citizens
EU-Citizens maintaining a passport from the following countries do not require a visa or residence permit, but need to go to the city registration office after arrival:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Sweden, Spain, Slovak Republic, Slovenia; other countries of the EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland
Visa Requirements for Non-EU Citizens
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa, but need to apply for the residence permit at the foreigners’ office after arrival. Furthermore, they need to go to the city registration office after arrival:
Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, Korea (South), New Zealand, USA
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa, but are not allowed to work during or after the program at HHL without a visa, so visa application is highly recommended. They will need to apply for the residence permit at the foreigners’ office after arrival. Furthermore, they need to go to the city registration office after arrival:
Andorra, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Monaco, San Marino
You will need to provide the following documents to the embassy:
- Application form for a national (type D) visa for study purposes (3 copies).
- 4 passport sized photos
- Visa fee of EUR 60 (can be waived for students)
- Letter of acceptance
- Financial proof of a minimum of EUR 735 per month. This is for living costs during your stay in Germany. In case you have a document about an official scholarship for your studies at HHL (governmental scholarships only, e.g. DAAD) you can use this as proof of your living costs.
- Travel health insurance with coverage of a minimum of EUR 30,000. This insurance should be effective from the start of the program at HHL.
For Students aged below 30
When enrolling, students are required to present proof of coverage by a German health insurance provider. Insurance coverage from outside Germany may fulfill requirements; a decision about this is under responsibility of a German public insurance company after your arrival. They will verify the validity of the foreign policy. If your foreign insurance plan does not meet German requirements, enrollment in a German health insurance plan will become inevitable. Please contact any statutory health insurance company for information on student health insurance. HHL does not accept declarations coming from private insurance companies.
At present, the monthly insurance contribution amounts to EUR 66.33 plus individual surcharges, depending on the insurance company. An additional payment of EUR 16.87 (students aged 23+, without own children) is due for the statutory nursing care insurance. You may contact a statutory health insurance company of your choice.
For EU-Students aged below 30
Students who are from countries with which the Federal Republic of Germany has a social insurance agreement (the EU member states, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Switzerland, Tunisia and Turkey), and who are insured in their home country, should submit their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
This card must be obtained in the home country of the student. In this case, the student is entitled to health care coverage in Germany. A further insurance policy from a health care company in Germany is not necessary. If the student is not an EHIC cardholder, the mandatory system mentioned above will apply.
For Students aged 30+
Students 30 and older cannot be insured within a statutory health insurance scheme. They should get private insurance, which might be considerably more expensive.
One suggestion is MARTENS & PRAHL GmbH, Sebastian-Bach-Str. 44, 04109 Leipzig.
More information about the German law on health insurance (only in German)
Opening a Bank Account
German Consulates are allowed to request to open a blocked account in Germany for proof of your living costs. In this case, you should open an account, e.g. Deutsche Bank Hamburg. Use the form given on their website and sign it in presence of the visa officer.
With your signature, your account is blocked in favor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and you may withdraw EUR 735 per month from it. In all other cases, we suggest opening a German bank account after your arrival in Leipzig.