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Opening a blocked account in Germany: Sperrkonto

14.08.2018 - Artikel

One way of proving sufficient financial means to study in Germany is to open a blocked account.

This text is based on information given to and experiences made by the German Embassy Luxemburg at this particular time. We assume no liability whatsoever for the content provided.

Auf dem Bild sieht man eine goldene Kreditkarte auf zwei Kontoauszugblättern.
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If you want to study in Germany you have to submit proof that your financial means are adequate for that purpose. One way of proving sufficient financial means is to open a blocked or limited-withdrawal account („Sperrkonto“) in Germany, in which you pre-pay a certain amount of money and from which you can only withdraw a fixed amount per month.


Providers that currently offer this service can be find here.

Iran, Sudan, North Korea and Syria

Citizens from Iran, Sudan, North Korea and Syria may also open a blocked account. However, they are required to apply for a visa first. After being granted a visa the Embassy will issue a confirmation which must be presented to the bank for opening the account.

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