Before coming to Germany

Vor der Anreise; Foto: Tetra Images, Getty Images Foto: Tetra Images, Getty Images

Your daughter or son must bring identification or a passport. Please obtain information on entry regulations or visa requirements for children, especially minors. The Goethe-Institut in your country will also be happy to help.

Visa requirements
If your country is subject to visa requirements, please enroll your child no later than three months before the start of the course.

Schengen visa
Please note: a Schengen visa, which is valid for a maximum of 90 days, cannot be renewed in Germany. For a longer stay, for example if your child will be visiting friends or relatives for an extended period after the course or taking part in an internship, etc., a visa for Germany may be required.

For information and forms related to entry regulations, visit:

Packing checklist
What should your child pack? What should parents get ready for their children?
We have put together a checklist of things to pack and to bear in mind.
  New surroundings
Our advice: Discuss the planned stay in Germany once more with your child. It is important for your child to know that he or she will be spending two to four weeks in new surroundings, learning German and taking part in leisure-time activities with children and teens from other countries – without parents or relatives. If your child plays an active part in this decision, the stay in Germany will be even more enjoyable and successful.

If you have any questions in this regard, please get in touch with us. We'll be happy to advise you.

Your health insurance
Please check that the child's health insurance coverage also applies in Germany before he or she enters the country. EU residents can obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from their insurer. Please give this card to your child.