International Students Office
Living and studying in Germany might be very different from what you know from your home country. This page is designed to give you some first information on different aspects of living in Germany and studying at EBS, such as Visa matters, insurance matters and course information for exchange students.
EBS Universität is proud to offer a unique student exchange network with top quality partner institutions of higher education around the world. Due to its strong links with an ever increasing number of universities and institutions of higher education abroad, EBS is able to offer its students an educational experience from every corner of the globe. We are also proud to be able to open our doors to students from universities all over the world: Every year we are pleased to welcome around 400 international students. Our international students participate in the various exchanges or programmes we offer:
EBS BUSINESS SCHOOL: EXCHANGE FOR ONE OR TWO SEMESTERS AND DUAL DEGREE
Undergraduate and graduate students who wish to study for one or two semesters are welcome to pursue courses at EBS. The ECTS system allows an easy transfer of credits in Europe and throughout the world. We also offer dual degree opportunities for students from selected partner institutions who wish to gain an EBS degree and therefore need to stay with us for two (Master’s level) or three (Bachelor’s level) semesters.
EBS BUSINESS SUMMER PROGRAMMES
For students who do not have the possibility to go abroad for an entire semester, we currently offer two Business summer school programmes.
EBS LAW SCHOOL: EXCHANGE FROM SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER
EBS Law Term offers an intensive academic programme from September to December each year, taught 100% in English. Focusing on Transnational Commercial Law, participants will benefit from the expertise of both the law and the business studies faculty at EBS University.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: VISA/GERMAN RESIDENCE PERMIT
WHO NEEDS A VISA TO STUDY AT EBS?
European nationals do not need a Visa/Residence Permit for studying at EBS. They just need to register their address after arrival. Non-European students do need a Visa and/or German Residence Permit. It is every students’ responsibility to investigate in advance on this matter.
Please see our detailed Visa Guide for further information and also double check with the embassy/consulate of your home country if you need to apply for a Visa or if you can enter with your passport and apply for a German residence permit after arrival.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO APPLY FOR A VISA?
The Visa application process takes a minimum of 6-12 weeks! It is every student’s responsibility to apply in time/be on campus in time. At some embassies it might take very long to get a Visa appointment (e.g. Lebanon, Morocco, China, Russia, Iran).
Students from China need to check whether they need to go through the APS procedure.
RESPONSIBLE GERMAN IMMIGRATION OFFICE
The embassy/consulate of your home country will forward your Visa application files to the responsible immigration office in Germany. Each big city or sub-urban area in Germany has its own immigration office!
EBS Business School is located in Oestrich-Winkel. The responsible immigration office for Oestrich-Winkel is the immigration office “Rheingau-Taunus-Kreis”. The city of Wiesbaden is located nearby. Most EBS students prefer to live in Oestrich-Winkel or in the sourrounding towns (Rheingau Area). However, some students might also wish to live in Wiesbaden. Wiesbaden does not belong to the Rheingau Area. It is a city and as its own immigration office. IF - when applying for your Visa - you already know that you are going to live in Wiesbaden: please make sure that the embassy/consulate is forwarding your Visa files to the immigration office in Wiesbaden.