Requirements to Study in Germany for Nigerian Students

Germany is one of the best study destinations for Nigerian students studying abroad.

The Schengen country of Germany offers free education for Nigerian undergraduate and postgraduate students.

German universities have a high ranking globally for offering quality education and research in Science, Arts, Technology and Medicine.

Studying in Germany is a dream come true because of the study environment and quality of education.

But there are requirements you must meet as a Nigerian student applying to study in Germany. These conditions include German language, academic, visa requirements, etc.

Without meeting these conditions, you would not be able to secure admission to any of the universities in German.

This post is about the requirements to study in Germany for Nigerian students.

Let me know in the comment if you have any questions or need further assistance. I would love to hear from you.

Studying in Germany as a Nigeria Student

Foreign students at the University

There is a large community of Nigerians studying in Germany. The country offers a beautiful experience for students in terms of architecture, education, culture and lifestyle.

One of the advantages of studying in Germany is the free tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

It means you do not need to break the bank to study in German schools.

You only get to pay certain charges per semester, accommodation and feeding expenses.

Another advantage of studying in Germany is the permission to work as a student earning over a thousand Euros (€1,000).

The money you earn as a student would be sufficient to cater for your academic and personal needs.

A common concern for Nigerian students is learning the German language.

Well, it is not compulsory to learn the German language if you are studying a course taught in English. Otherwise, you will take foundation courses to speak and write the German language.

Ensure you learn German using online platforms like Duolingo and YouTube before departing Nigeria.

The following are the category of courses offered at Universities in Germany;

  • Bachelor’s Degree (BSc)
  • Masters’ Degree (MSc)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Best Student Cities in Germany for Nigerian Students

University campus

The following is the list of the best and cheapest student cities in Germany for Nigerian students;

  • Berlin
  • Munich
  • Frankfurt
  • Dresden
  • Aachen
  • Hamburg
  • Bonn
  • Cologne
  • Heidelberg
  • Stuttgart
  • Freiburg
  • Marburg
  • Darmstadt
  • Munster
  • Oldenburg

Requirements to Study in Germany for Nigerian Students

a student studying with books on the table

The following are the requirements to study in Germany for Nigerian students;

  1. Apply to Study in Germany
  2. Open Block Account
  3. Secondary School Transcript
  4. Student Visa Type D
  5. Birth Certificate
  6. Passport Photograph
  7. Valid International Passport
  8. Medical Certificate
  9. English Language Proficiency Certificate
  10. University Application Form
  11. Admission Letter
  12. Nigerian School Certificate

Apply to Study in Germany

The first step to gaining admission to study abroad is applying to a university in the country.

To do this, you must research the university you want to attend. Your field of study is also a criterion to determine the school you apply to for admission.

There are over three hundred and twenty (320) universities in Germany. It is advisable to narrow your choice to universities that offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in English.

The admission date and requirements are available on the school websites. Ensure you take your time to go through the university website to get the necessary information.

Application to study in Germany is through the following processes;

  • Online Application
  • Post Mail Letter
  • Submission of Application through Email

Open Block Account

A block account is an account for students with limited withdrawal ability required to apply for a visa in Germany.

The block account is where you would deposit the stipulated sum of money sufficient to take care of your academic and personal expenses during your first year in Germany.

The estimated monthly expenses for a Nigerian student in Germany are €800. Multiplying €800 by twelve (12) months in a year will give €9,600.

It means you need to open a block account in Germany immediately after you get your admission letter. You only have access to withdraw €800 every month.

The following are the banks in Germany to open a block account as a Nigerian student;

  • Deutsch bank
  • Fintiba
  • Xpatrio

Secondary School Transcript

A secondary school transcript is a requirement to get admission to German universities.

The secondary school is not your WAEC or NECO result. It is a compilation of your results in secondary school.

You would need to go to your secondary school to request your secondary school transcript.

Student Visa Type D

German student is the document that gives you access to travel from Nigeria to Germany to study.

The interview for the student visa takes place at the German Consulate General in Lagos. For Visa, the application fee is €75.

You need to open a block account before attending the interview.

The following are the documents you need for your visa application;

  • Two visa application forms
  • Valid passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Identical photos
  • Proof of financial means
  • Letter of admission from the university in Germany
  • Enrolment confirmation
  • 2 signed declarations forms
  • School Leaving Certificates of Primary and Secondary School / WAEC Certificate
  • Proof of previous academic studies/professional training/ work experience

English Language Proficiency Certificate

English language proficiency certificate is a requirement for some schools.

But most universities in Germany would not request a language proficiency certificate.

Check the university to know if you need an English proficiency certificate.

Undergraduate Study Requirements

  • WAEC result
  • Valid international passport
  • A birth certificate
  • Secondary Transcript
  • Medical fitness certificate

Postgraduate Study Requirements

  • First-degree result
  • Valid International passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Medical fitness certificate
  • Two reference letters
  • Research work and or a statement of purpose
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7 thoughts on “Requirements to Study in Germany for Nigerian Students”

  1. Hi, for someone who is hoping to get an invite from a permanent resident to Germany, can NECO results be used to gain admission? Which is better, to move to Germany first or secure admission?
    Thanks for the information 😊

    • Yes, Hahn

      You can study in Germany with your NECO result.

      Concerning your second question, are you applying to study at the Postgraduate level?

      It would be easier to get admission for postgraduate studies than move to Germany.

      Let me know if you have further questions.

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