German visa questions and a question about Goethe Institut stipends
September 20, 2011 11:24 AM Subscribe
I want to take some intensive language classes in Germany for 6-7 months. I'm not affiliated with a university, and I have a bunch of question about visas and one short question about stipends from the Goethe Institut.
posted by colfax to travel & transportation around Berlin, Germany (3 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
My first questions are all about visas. I think I've heard it makes more sense to enter Germany without a study visa (I'm American) and then apply for one once I'm in country. Does that make sense? I'll be arriving in Berlin in January, so it shouldn't be peak tourist time. Also--if I should apply in Berlin--any tips for getting in and out of there efficiently? Other visa questions: I'll be studying with the Goethe Institut which only offers classes in 1 or 2 month chunks, so to prove that I'm going to be a student there for 6 or 7 months, am I going to have to pay for all of those classes upfront? Also, I'll be renting a room from some friends in Berlin, which means I'm not going to have my name on any electric bills, etc. How do I prove my (temporary) residency? And, finally, is it kosher to apply for a 7 1/2 month visa if I've only got plans to be there for 7 months at most, just to give myself a little wiggle room?
My question about stipends is really short. Several people have told me that the Goethe Institut gives out stipends sometimes, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to apply for one, because I can't find a page about it on their web page or an application anywhere. If you happen to know how I start that process, I would be very grateful.
Thanks for all your help.