Student Visa

Most EMMIR students from outside Europe will need to obtain a STUDENT VISA for Germany BEFORE coming to Oldenburg. Once in Oldenburg you will have to apply for the visas/residence permits necessary for your individual mobility track.

With the notification of admittance you will receive an official confirmation by the EMMIR consortium that enables you to apply for a student visa (NOT the so called Schengen visa). Please note that visa application procedures might take some time (up to several months). For information related to visa requirements, you are advised to contact the German Consulate/Embassy as soon as possible.

After you have registered for EMMIR, the consortium will provide the German Consulate/Embassy in your country of residence (i.e. the country the admission letter is addressed to) with a letter documenting admission to the programme and all necessary details. However, it is your sole responsibility to obtain a visa in time.


Residence permit for Germany

The student visa is valid for three months; after your arrival in Oldenburg you will have to apply for a residence permit valid for two years (the Oldenburg University's International Student Office will provide support in early September). This permit entitles you to a) travel to Norway (see below) and apply for a residence permit in January; and b) to re-entry Germany at a later stage.


Mandatory documents for residence permit application:

1. Current confirmation of health insurance (will be provided by EMMIR)

2. Proof of funding (see below)

3. Copy of your passport

4. Confirmation of enrolment

5. A fee of around 100 Euro, unless you receive a scholarship

6. Biometric passport photograph (can be taken at the foreigner's office)


Residence permit for Norway

Students coming to Norway in January must be in possession of a valid Schengen residence permit (issued in Oldenburg in September). If and ONLY if the Schengen permit is valid, you will be allowed entry into Norway. Upon arrival in Norway in January, you will have to go to the regional police authority and apply for a student permit. All students staying in Norway for more than 3 months are required to have a student permit. If you wish to spend semester 3 and 4 in Norway as well, you are well advised to make a decision in this matter prior to applying for the student permit. The permit processing fee is 1100 NOK (approx. 140 EUR). 

All students applying for their student permit must present an Admission letter by UiS at the police station in Stavanger.


Proof of financial means

Apart from the letter of admission and a valid passport you will need a proof of financial means to apply for a visa. Presently, foreign students coming to Germany must prove that they have at least 7,908 Euro per year at their disposal (659 Euro per month) plus flight and tuition fees. This proof can be provided in various ways; the following forms are generally accepted:

  • Your parents submit documents certifying their income and financial assets.
  • A resident in Germany provides the Aliens’ Registration Office a guarantee to cover your expenses.
  • A security payment is deposited into a blocked account.
  • You submit a bank guarantee.
  • You receive a scholarship from a recognised scholarship provider (such as an Erasmus Mundus scholarship).

You are asked to bring all your documents to Germany as you will need them to a) apply for a residence permit in Oldenburg and b) for visas according to your mobility track in study year two.


Who needs a visa?

Only students from the European Union, the EEA/EFTA countries and some other countries don't need a visa; most international students need to get a student visa before they come to Germany (please check the Federal Foreign Office's list for your country). Citizens of the countries that are marked with the number 3 or 4 on the list of the Federal Foreign Office do not need a visa to enter Germany for the purpose of studying.

Plase follow this link to find more detailed information on Student Visa regulation, required documents and application procedures. Further useful information can be found on the pages of the German Federal Foreign Office.

Cost of living

The information below is useful to both scholarship and full fee paying students who will need an idea of how to financially support their stay in Europe/Africa.


Oldenburg/Germany: 770 to 1000 Euro/month

The cost of living in Germany is relatively high. However, there are many ways for students to reduce their costs: student dormitories and shared flats offer affordable housing (see below), cheap super markets and pubs catering to students are also helpful. Cultural events, sports centres as well as public transport even certain shops offer student discounts. Estimations of living costs (incl. accommodation, food, leisure, etc.) in Germany vary between 770 and 1000 Euro per month. Find more detailed information on the website of the German Studentenwerk.


Stavanger/Norway: about 1150 Euro/month

Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world and it takes a while getting used to the high cost of living. As a student you will need a minimum of approximately 9000 NOK (about 1150 Euro) per month in order to cover basic expenses. However, as a student you can access discounts and significantly reduce your expenses. Manage your budget well and you can enjoy a wide range of activities. Follow this link to find information on average prices in Stavanger.


Nova Gorica/Slovenia: about 600 Euro/month

The cost of living in Slovenia is relatively cheap compared to that of Germany or Norway. Prices are highest in Ljubljana, in Nova Gorica students need an average of 600 Euro per month to get along.


ÄŒeské BudÄ›jovice/Czech Republic: 400 to 600 Euro/month

The Czech Republic is one of the cheaper European countries in the partnership, you will need only 400 to 600 Euro per month to get along. Find out more about student life in the Czech Republic on this website. For a room in ÄŒeské BudÄ›jovice's student dorm you pay only around 90 euro per month, lunch in the canteen is around 2 Euro.


Omdurman or Khartoum/Sudan: about 700 Euro/month

The approximate costs for living expenses per months around Sudan's capital sum up to around 700 Euro per month. The monthly rent for a studio or appartment is around 250 Euro (incl. electricity and internet), all other living expenses should not exceed 15 Euro per day.


Mbarara/Uganda: about 500 Euro/month

You will need around 450 to 500 Euro per month to get along in Mbarara. The monthly rent for a single room on campus is around 120 Euro including utilities. All other living expenses should not exceed 10-12 Euro per day. A return trip to Kampala by car service is around 350 Euro, buses operate regularly at a price of around 10 Euro per trip. 


Kampala/Uganda: about 600 Euro/month

Ugandas capital is a little bit more expensive than Mbarara. Single rooms in the student hall of residence are available at around 120 to 150 Euro, all other living expenses amount to around 15 Euro per day, i.e. 450 Euro per month.

Accommodation in Oldenburg

The student service at the University of Oldenburg offers furnished rooms in their halls of residence for six months (including internet facilities; not incl. a computer). Alternatively students can look for private accommodation (rent ranges between 200€ and 360€/month). Please find an overview on accommodation options in Oldenburg here.


Before students arrive in Germany they will receive a detailed student handbook including information on accommodation arrangements at other partner universities.


EMMIR Student Contract

Students of EMMIR sign a specific student contract with the EMMIR coordinator, in which details for the whole programme are laid down. The contract covers agreements regarding the curriculum, the participation costs, reasons for exclusion as well as dispute settlement. In this contract the student will commit to an individual mobility path in accordance with his/her chosen research focus. The contract will be signed during the Intensive Phase (IP) at the University of Oldenburg in September after you have had the chance to learn more about the research foci and possibilities within the EMMIR network.

Insurance scheme

Health Insurance for all EMMIR students will be granted based on arrangements made by the EMMIR consortium. It includes a 24 hours multi-language emergency call centre and covers all costs for treatments necessary or medically appropriate medical evacuation in case of illness, pregnancy/childbirth and accident without retention. Covered are also death, permanent invalidity, third-party liability and theft and loss of documents; it will be valid in all countries involved in EMMIR without any further notice. It will automatically be in place from your day of travel to Germany; costs will be deducted from the participation costs, there will be no further expenses for students. Full insurance details will be handed out at the Orientation days.

Enrollment at the University of Oldenburg

Enrolment procedures at the University of Oldenburg will have to be finalised in person after the student's arrival. They will need to present originals of the documents provided with their application (diplomas a.o.)


Students will be enrolled as a student at the University of Oldenburg for the entire duration of EMMIR. While studying at other partner institutions in accordance with their mobility path they will be on leave as a student at the University of Oldenburg, i.e. they will not have to pay the student service fee at the University of Oldenburg.

Last update of this section: 30 August 2014


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