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Blocked Account for Studying in Düsseldorf

When applying for your visa, or at the latest when applying for a residence permit, you must prove that you have sufficient ampunt of money to live and study in Germany. These proofs include, for example, a notice of award of a scholarship, proof of income or financial support from your parents, declaration of commitment from a resident in Germany. Nationals of some countries must also open a blocked account at a bank in Germany.


The blocked account serves as a proof of financial means for a stay in Germany. Proof of financial means is one of the most important documents that you need to present for the student visa. The blocked account must contain sufficient funds to cover the costs incurred during your stay in Germany. Another possibility is to present other means of financing during the visa procedure.


Since 1st of January 2020, the required annual amount on the blocked account when applying for a visa is 10,236 euros (835 euros per month).


For opening a blocked account, you must contact a bank in Germany which offers such an account for foreign students. On the website of the Federal Foreign Office you will find providers who currently offer blocked accounts in Germany. Normally, opening an account can be done in a few steps and online. Once your documents have been received, the bank will set up the blocked account for you. You will have to pay a one-time fee of 50-150 euros. After you have transferred the money to your blocked account, you will receive a confirmation. You can find further information on Study in Germany's portal.


Contact your bank to clarify which documents you need to submit. Normally you will need to submit the following:

  •     Passport
  •     Application form
  •     Notification of admission
  •     Bank statement about your income

You have no direct access to your account. Once you arrive to Germany, you can open a normal account in any German banks. You can transfer money every month from your blocked account to your normal account. However, you can transfer only a certain amount of money each month (currently 853 euros).


Working While Studying

Apart from personal savings or family support, many students prefer to work during their studies.

As a student from a country in the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) you enjoy the same legal rights in terms of employment as German students. You may work as much as you like within the framework of the relevant legal provisions. However, if you want to work more than 20 hours a week, you will have to pay social security contributions.

As a national of any other country, you may work 120 full days or 240 half days per calendar year parallel to your studies. Those days are counted on which you actually work. Public holidays, vacations and other days on which you do not work do not count. If you want to work more, you require a permit from the Federal Employment Agency (Agentur für Arbeit) and the Immigration Office (Ausländerbehörde). In addition to the 120 approval-free days, you may work at the University as a research or student assistant without this requiring approval and with no time restrictions. The same applies for university-related activities which are linked to your studies in organizations close to the University, e.g. as tutor in halls of residence belonging to Düsseldorf Student Services (Studierendenwerk).


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