BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, 27 SEPTEMBER , 2022
Indian students applying for a German student visa must have their academic records assessed by the Academic Evaluation Center (APS) and obtain APS certificates before filling a visa application, German Missions in India has announced.
The centre verifies the applications of students applying to pursue higher education in Germany who hold a Chinese, Indian or Vietnamese university degree, according to information from SchengenVisaInfo.com.
In an announcement uploaded on the website, German Missions in India said that the change would come into effect starting from November 1, while APS applications will open as of October 1, 2022.
“This means: Applicants need an APS certificate before filing a visa application. APS will be open for applications beginning October 1, 2022,” the German Missions in India announcement stated.
It further said the new appointment slots for student visa applications through VFS Global would open very soon.
“As there still is a number of entries on the appointment waitlist for winter semester 2022, please note that – unfortunately – it is not possible for the Embassy / Consulates to verify who is in possession of a still valid admission from a German university. Therefore, all students are kindly requested to register for an appointment only if they have obtained all mandatory documents,” German Embassy said.
The APS certificate application process initially starts with online registration, meaning that individuals should register online at the APS India website to apply for the certificate, then print and complete the application form by signing it. Applicants will be charged ₹18,000 for the APS procedure, which should be transferred to the APS bank account.
The completed form, printed and signed, should be submitted at APS India via courier or in person.
APS certificates are not required in some cases, for example, for students who have won a German or European-funded scholarship and applicants whose thesis supervisor does not require such a certificate for registration. The Academic Evaluation Centre (APS India) notes that these applicants are exempted from the verification process.
An APS certificate is considered an essential part of the visa application. With this type of certificate, students can prove their degree’s authenticity and eligibility to pursue studies at a German university.
Students will be asked to submit: the printed and signed application form together with a passport-size photo, which shouldn’t be older than six months, a copy of the APS fee transfer receipt, a copy of Aadhaar card with a linked mobile number, a passport copy, copy of transcript and degree certificate as well as a copy of language certificates in English or German.
INDIANS AMONGST THE SECOND HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS IN GERMANY:
In the winter semester of 2019-20, out of the 4,11,601 international students, the number of Indian students in Germany stood at 25,149, a record figure which was a 20.85 per cent hike from the year before, as per data from the Federal Statistical Office of Germany and Indian students were the second largest group of international students.
Studying in Germany for Indian students comes with a lot of benefits because German universities are globally ranked and valued for their top-class quality. Their state-of-the-art facilities, countless funding options, research-based courses, award-winning curriculums, diverse and vibrant student community, plus a unique lifestyle ensures you get the best studying experience ever. Student friendly policies and free education at government universities also attract Indian students.
For instance, the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich is one of the most prestigious universities in Europe and ranked 36 overall globally, is internationally reputed and is associated with 42 Nobel Laureates.
The popular courses for Indian students to study in German universities include engineering, mathematics, natural sciences, law, economics and social sciences.