Pre-Arrival – Visa Application:

Visa regulations for international students taking up studies in Germany vary from country to country. International students should determine as early as possible at a German diplomatic representation in their home country (that is, embassy or consulate) if a visa for studies in Germany is required. This will need to be done at least two months in advance of a departure for Germany. If a visa is required, an international student may not enter Germany on a tourist visa. For more information regarding visas, please visit the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Upon Arrival – Residence Registration:

After having arrived in Frankfurt, all students (including those who do not require a visa) must – within a week of their arrival – register with the city's Einwohnermeldeamt (Office for Residence Registration). The registration confirmation serves as proof of address and you will need it, for example, when you open a bank account or register with a city library.

In order to register in Frankfurt, you must bring your passport and rental contract (original) to either the main Einwohnermeldeamt (Office for Residence Registration) at the following address,

Bürgeramt (Zentrales)
Zeil 3
60313 Frankfurt am Main

or to one of the city’s branch offices which can be found here. Students living outside of Frankfurt should go to their local town hall (Rathaus) to register their residence

Upon Arrival – Visa Registration:

Holders of an entry visa will need to convert it into a student visa at the Ausländerbehörde (Office for International Affairs). In order to do so, students must attach to their application:

The Ausländerbehörde (Immigration Office) can be found at:

Rebstöcker Straße 4
60326 Frankfurt am Main.

Students living outside of Frankfurt should register their visa in the Immigration Office responsible for their place of residence.