American wants to move to Berlin

I am trying to take a year off from my regular life and move from US to Berlin.  I need to get a visa, obviously, but I don't know if I can get one for a full year. (I would get a study visa to study german).  Does anyone know if it's possible?  I have an appointment with the embassy in October, but wanted to hear from people who have been through it.
thanks much!

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