Programs in Germany

Science and Technology (S&T) Information

The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) launched the initiative to "Promote Innovation and Research in Germany" in 2006. Under the brand "Research in Germany" several German organizations, such as the International Bureau of the BMBF, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service, the German Research Foundation and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft collaborate to present German innovation and research in key international markets. The initiative seeks to strengthen and expand R&D collaboration between Germany and international partners.

Among other things, Research in Germany:

  • Provides an overview of the research and funding opportunities in Germany.
  • Delivers the latest science and research news from Germany and upcoming events. There is an option to sign up for their newsletter that is published every two months.
  • Provides practical information to support foreign scientists and researchers in their collaboration with German research organizations or to complete a research stay in Germany.

Other important sources of information are:

Education System

The Eurydice Network, within the Education, Audiovisual & Cultural Executive Agency of the European Commission provides information on and analyses of European education systems and policies. According to their overview, the education system in the Federal Republic of Germany is divided into pre-school education, primary education, secondary education, tertiary education and continuing education. For more details, refer to the interactive overview of the German education system which can be found on their website.

Visa Information

Entry clearance requirements are dependent on the citizenship of the applicant. Citizens of many countries (including the USA) do not need a visa to visit Germany for stays up to 90 days. Check the country list to determine if you would need a visa to enter Germany.

According to the German Missions in the United States, the following visas are issued by the German consulates:

  • Business Visa
  • Employment Visa
  • Permanent Residence Visa
  • Visa to visit friends/relatives
  • Study Visa
  • Tourist Visa
  • Transit Visa

For more details contact the nearest German Consulate.