Changes in the Case of foreign Students
In the case of students from the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), a change in the course of study or field of study basically has no consequences on their legal residence status.
All other foreign students have to take into account, when changing the field of study, that the residence permit that is valid for a specific purpose also includes the obligation to study the chosen field of study.
We therefore recommend, before an intended change in the field of study, first of all clarifying with the Authorities for Foreign Nationals whether it is possible to change the residence permit accordingly.
It is only possible to change the course of study or subject without difficulty at the start of the course of study.
If there has been a change, then it has to be informed without delay to the Authorities for Foreign Nationals, who then check whether prerequisites exist to change the residence permit and if applicable change it accordingly.
The German original version of this text was drafted in close cooperation with the relevant departments. The Innenministerium released it on 12.10.2017. Only the German text is legally binding. The Federal State does not assume any liability for the translated texts.
In cases of doubt or if you have any questions or problems, please contact the relevant authorities directly.