The German application procedure is quite simple and fairly straight forward. However, the main challenge is not applying, but choosing the right college and assuming you get an admission from at least one of the colleges you applied for, creating the right time frame for Visa application and other official procedures, like opening a blocked account, sending documents if necessary etc.
So here I thought of providing you, the reader some visual aid which might help you create a right plan for applying in Germany and getting in your dream college. I will have much to tell about college selection later, but first I would like to draw a time frame which you can remember and follow for your application procedure.
Timeline For Winter Semester Application
- Unless you have €8040 lying around, you may choose to opt for a loan. Opt early as loans in India take quite some time to sanction. Also, make sure your bank has a Forex (foreign exchange) department, as the money sanctioned needs to be transferred to Germany.
- Download and fill the latest Blocked account opening form from Deutsche Bank. This can be found here.
- Fill the form digitally (leave the signature and date space blank), take a few copies printout and then schedule and appointment with your nearest consulate office.
- Visit the consulate office with your original passport, photocopy of the same and the blocked account opening verification fee. The amount again needs to be determined from the consulate website.
- Post the verified form and the passport copy to Germany. Make sure you don’t tamper with the pin or the way the document is stapled by your local German mission. Soon, you will hear from Deutsche Bank that your account has been opened.
- Transfer €8040 to that account and you are all set.
- Pro Tip: Blocked account takes from 3 -15 days opening time. If you need to open one within a short time constraint, after document submission, just contact Deutsche Bank using the form they provided for initiating contact.
- Tip specific to students from eastern India: Although the embassy page notes that a blocked account can be opened in Kotak Mahindra Branch, the same facility isn’t applicable in eastern India.
- Also make sure that you can show that you have means of funding your second year of studies as well. For some consulate offices this is not a requirement, but for some this is. Therefore you should be well prepared for the same. Some accepted means of funding are as follows: Savings account statement (photocopy of last 1 year’s bank statement), fixed deposit etc. Also note that, property, deeds are NOT accepted as means of funding. If anybody other than yourself is the owner of the above mentioned means of funding then s/he will have to provide a signed letter and/or affidavit of support to establish the fact that s/he is willing to fund your second year.
As soon as you have completed these steps we can move on to the next step which is college selection or you may review the previous section for a basic overview of the whole process.