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Yes, all German SAE campuses offer all courses in English.

In the next couple of days, we will send you emails describing the application process at SAE Institute. Please follow the steps to complete your application. Once you have completed and submitted your application, you can book a tour (on campus or via Zoom) with our career advisors.

All Bachelor and Diploma courses start twice per year – in March and in September.

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Visa Requirements

Yes, you need a visa, unless you are an EEA passport holder. Please contact the German embassy in your country for further information.
IMPORTANT: Currently, we only accept non-EEA students at our Berlin campus. All other German campuses only accept EEA-Students.

Obtaining a visa can be a confusing and complicated process. There are several kinds of visas and if you are not sure which one you should apply for, please be advised to first discuss this matter with the German embassy.

The EEA is an area of free trade and free movement for people, comprising the member states of the European Union plus Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. While Switzerland is not in the EEA, Swiss nationals have the same rights as EEA nationals. Please see the list of all EEA countries below.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Republic of Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden

Application & Registration

In order to apply to SAE, please send us the following documents by email:
• Application form
• Proof of secondary level of education
• English-language proficiency certificate (IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)
• A copy of the front and back of your passport
• A copy of your visa if you already hold one
• An audiogram test (only for audio engineering)

For all offers a good knowledge of English (B2) and your own laptop with internet access is required. For Audio Engineering: Proof of intact hearing (audiogram).
For the department Content Creation: Admission interview and work samples, if applicable.

Yes, the application deadline always ends four weeks before the course starts. We will contact you shortly after we have received all of your application documents. Please note that finding a room close to our campuses can take weeks. If you need a visa, you should apply for it as soon as possible, as it can take up to 6 months to obtain it.

We mentioned earlier that you should have your own personal laptop. It will, however, not be your primary working device, only a study aid. Therefore, any regular laptop will be sufficient.

Living in Germany

We are really sorry, but we don’t offer any accommodation. You will have to find accommodation yourself.

The following links can be very helpful:

A German student’s average monthly budget is about, €1200. Berlin is about 10% cheaper than the rest of Germany with regard to living expenses, such as accommodation and groceries.

If you are enrolled in our Fast-Track Degree, we do not recommend having a job on the side, since it is a full-time (40 hours/week) course.

If you are enrolled in the SAE Diploma or the part-time Progression Bachelor, you might be able to work 10-15 hours per week without being overburdened.

SAE has a large network in the media industry in Germany.

We also offer a job portal, which is available only to SAE students, and can provide guidance when searching for a job placement.

It is legal to work in Germany with a student visa, but students are restricted to the number of days they can work. This is 120 full days each year or 240 half days. Students from the EU can work for up to 40 hours per week without the need for a work permit.

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