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Department of Social Policy and Social Security Studies

Block Accounts

Most foreign students need to open up a so-called block account to get their visa. This is to make sure that students have enough funds to pay their livelihood costs here in Germany. The Deutsche Bank is one of the banks in Germany providing this service to foreign students. Here you’ll find all the information you’ll need:


  • Step 2: You will find three tabs: “More information”; “Frequently Asked Questions” and “Forms”
  • Step 1: You need to visit the Deutsche Bank website
  • Step 3: Click on “forms” and fill in the form (which is in English). Here is a direct link.

You will also find a letter explaining what to do next, few points are copied here for your convenience; however, please double check all information once again on the first page, when you will click the letter (Better make a copy to remember all the steps)

To complete the account-opening process, please check that your online application has been completed in full and in doing so, take particular note of the following:

  • You must provide your home address and e-mail address.
  • Print out two copies of the application form (one of the copies is for your records).
  • The application form to open an account must be signed in the presence of an embassy official.
  • Hand in the completed application form to the German embassy in person. Please also bring along your passport and, if available, a letter of confirmation (copy) from your university/language school. The embassy will certify the application form to open an account and the copy of your passport.

The German embassy then sends all of the documents that you have signed to the following address:

  • Deutsche Bank
    Privat- und Geschäftskunden AG
    Frankfurter Straße 1
    04024 Leipzig

Please don’t forget to write your email address, so the bank can inform you once your account is open. On that information you need to transfer your money. The bank will again send you the information that your money has arrived and you need to take that confirmation to the Embassy to get your visa.

Normally, every student needs to desposit the livelihood costs for one full year. However, if you are only intending to stay in Germany for only 6 months, please check with the respective embassy what amount they would need to see in your account to grant you the visa.

Let us know if you have any questions, we can contact the bank here in Germany.

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After you arrive in Germany it will take about 10 days to get access to you block account. Therefore, we recommend that you bring enough cash (about 500 - 750 EUR) to pay the semester contribution and your rental deposit.