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1. Posted by dtmowns (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

Germany to stay for approximately one year without being enrolled in a University? What are the requirements?

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2. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

Yes, it is possible. The most basic requirement is that you can afford to live on your savings for the whole time , that you got health insurance and a roof over your head. You are looking at approx. 12k EUR.

It can be a bit difficult to pursuade the immigration officer to let you stay, but it is not impossible. Attending language classes to learn German is usually a good reason to let you stay for a while.

Which city do you have in mind?

3. Posted by dtmowns (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

health insurance? as in German health insurance? 12k seems significantly more than i was thinking it would take. I was primarily considering Berlin.

4. Posted by dtmowns (Budding Member 5 posts) 6y

on another note, in the case that I wanted to spend 2-3 months in several different countries, (for example France, Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany) is there a Visa that I would need for this?

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5. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 6y

health insurance? as in German health insurance? 12k seems significantly more than i was thinking it would take. I was primarily considering Berlin.

Yes - it would take German health insurance. Thats why 12k are a good ballpark figure.

Price levels for Berlin
350 EUR rent
350 EUR monthly costs (the immigration office will ask that you show that you have that amount)
health insurance ranging from 130-500 EUR a month, depending upon your age, sex and general fitness.

Being enrolled in a university or being counted as a student in general would drastically reduce health insurance costs. As a student you got special privileges, you pay very little in health insurance.

I wanted to spend 2-3 months in several different countries, (for example France, Denmark, The Netherlands and Germany) is there a Visa that I would need for this?

No visa necessary as long as your German residency permit is valid. Watch out that you are not away from Germany for longer than 180 days, or the residency permit becomes void.

[ Edit: Edited on 01-Aug-2010, at 15:05 by t_maia ]

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