As I was preparing for Germany, I was worried about getting a Visa. Before deciding to study abroad I hadn't even had a passport since 2008 (it expired in 2013...) Luckily, the Campus Center Ticketing Office here at Mānoa does passport processing as well as passport photos. I submitted my application through the Ticketing Office on August 31st and received my new passport in the mail by the end of September! The whole process only took 10 minutes, so I was stressed for nothing.
The next step was to call the German consulate and ask about obtaining a student Visa. I had friends who studied in Asia and they all warned me to get it done as soon as possible. Well.... after a couple emails between Tübingen and an unnecessary call to the German consulate in San Francisco, I found out I don't need a Visa!
As a resident of the United States, I do not need to have a Visa to enter the country. However, once I arrive in Tübingen I will need to go through the process of matriculation, as I will be there for more than 3 months. This is basically the process of becoming an official student at my university so that I will be allowed to stay and study for the entire semester. There are a bunch of documents that I need to bring with me, but thanks to the German way of organization and precision I'm not really worried.
I will keep you all updated as I go through the process of matriculation but for now I'm just glad I'm not scrambling for a Visa.
P.S........ 37 more days until I leave! Ahhh!