Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
You enjoy the same freedom of movement during your academic studies, meaning you do not need a residence permit.
Students from these countries may also work for companies or become self-employed while they are studying.
Exception: Swiss citizens receive a residence permit from the immigration office to prove their right of residence.
Citizens of other countries
Citizens of the following countries do not require a visa: Andorra, Australia, Brazil, El Salvador, Honduras, Israel, Japan, Canada, the Republic of Korea, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino and the USA. They may apply for a student residence permit from the immigration office when they arrive.
The visa must be applied for at the German embassy or consulate in the applicant's home country.
Embassies and consulates A-Z
Information about the visa application process
After entering Germany/the Saarland, you must apply for a residence permit from the immigration office for a course of study.
Saarland immigration office
Universities in the Saarland
A total of 25 bi- or tri-national courses run under Franco-German management at the university.
German University of Prevention and Health Management (DHfPG)
As the only accredited private university in the Saarland, the DHfPG specialises in dual Bachelor and degree programmes in the fields of health economics, sports economics, health management, fitness training and nutritional counselling as well as prevention and health management.
Saarland University of Fine Arts
The Saarland University of Fine Arts offers a wide range of possible degrees from fine art to product design.
Saarland University of Music
The university was founded in 1947 as a conservatoire using the French model and is now internationally recognised as a musical training centre for artists and educators.
Saarland University of Applied Sciences (HTW)
Application-oriented and business-relevant, the Saarland University of Applied Sciences specialises in the fields of architecture, civil engineering, social sciences and engineering.
University of the Saarland
The focus of the University of the Saarland lies in the areas of European competence, computer science and NanoBioMed. In addition, there is a wide range of humanities, natural and engineering sciences.
Saar Academy of Economics (ASW)
The three-year bachelor's degree course at the professional academy in St. Ingbert is based on a dual concept with alternating theoretical and practical phases in the fields of business administration, engineering, industrial computer science and industrial engineering.
Professional Academy for Health and Welfare Saarland (BAGSS)
The youngest professional academy of the Saarland offers bachelor's degree programmes in the fields of occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing and management in the organisation of the health service.
University of Administration (FHVW)
The University on the Göttelborn campus trains future civil servants for the higher civil service in the Saarland.