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Visa Information and Resources

Some DePaul study abroad programs require students to obtain student visas. On this page, you will find links to where you can find relevant information about visas organized by country. The best source of information for entry and visa requirements is at the local consulate or embassy of your host country. Local consulates and embassies provide the most up-to-date visa requirements for students who are planning to study abroad. If your program requires you to obtain a visa, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the host country’s local consulate or embassy for up-to-date instructions on how to obtain a visa.

Please be aware if you plan on traveling before or after your program dates, you may be restricted by entry and/or exit requirements of the country. Please contact your Study Abroad Advisor before you book your flights in order to discuss pre- or post-program travel plans.

Special Note for non-U.S. Citizens:

If you are an international student/non-U.S. citizen, please also contact International Student and Scholar Services at iss@depaul.edu in order to ensure that you understand any entry/exit requirements. We encourage you to work closely with your ISSS and Study Abroad Advisors, as well as relevant Embassies or Consulates, to ensure that you have the proper documentation to allow you to exit and re-enter the United States for your academic program. Green Card Holders / Permanent Residents should contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in the Department of Homeland Security in order to determine the best course of action in preparing for a study abroad program.

Please note that visa information is most applicable to term-long study abroad programs. For short-term study abroad programs, please contact the Program Manager listed on specific program web pages for more information.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The information below is a summary of the requirements for various countries. Visa requirements can be quite detailed and governments can change visa rules, costs and regulations very quickly. It is the student’s responsibility to verify the most accurate and up-to-date visa information of the host country. The Study Abroad Program will update this website periodically to reflect changes and updates.

This webpage was last updated on: 08/10/2017

Australia

Nearest Consulate or Em​​b​a​​​ssy​​:

123 North Wacker Drive, Suite 1330
Chicago, IL 60606​
1-312-419-1480

Typical visa application materials:

Processing Time​ and Cost:

Anywhere between one month or three months
Approx. $400- $500 USD *costs are subject to change

Additional Information:​

Please note: You must have your CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment) Certificate from the hosting institution before you can apply for your SubClass 500 visa. Please talk with your Study Abroad Advisor if you have additional questions.

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Austria

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

31 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021
(212) 737 6400

Typical visa application materials

Checklist available here
Vienna University of Economics and Business strongly encourages students staying in Austria from 91-180 days to apply for a D-Type visa at the Austrian Consulate in their jurisdiction prior to leaving for Austria to avoid complications upon arrival. Austrian visa applicants must apply in person and the New York Consulate has jurisdiction over Illinois. Every semester there are a handful of Consular days in Chicago, consult with Study Abroad for these dates.​

If students are unable to apply at the consulate prior to leaving, they can apply for their visa at the Austrian consulate in Bratislava, Slovakia when they arrive if they are US or Canadian citizens or citizens of a visa-exempt country. If students decide to apply for their visa in Bratislava, they should contact their airline before buying a ticket to ensure they can check-in without a study visa.

  • Completed and signed application form: Visa C OR Visa D
  • 2 Passport size photos (3.5cm x 4.5cm)
  • Valid passport and photocopies of all pages that contain entries and stamps
  • Proof of accommodation in Austria: e.g. rental contract, accommodation contract with a student’s hall of residence, confirmation of the reservation of accommodation by the OeAD Housing Office, private accommodation agreement
  • Proof of travel health and accident insurance that is valid in Austria with coverage of at least 30,000 euros
  • Proof of sufficient funds to finance your stay in Austria, e.g. savings or bank deposit, proof of purchase of traveller’s cheques, letter of guarantee of a person living in Austria or an institution domiciled in Austria
  • Confirmation of admission by the university
  • Return flight ticket, if available

Attention: You have to register within 3 working days of arrival in Austria with the registration office at your place of residence!

Processing Time and Cost

3-4 weeks prior to departure
Visa D fee approx. $100 *costs are subject to change without notice

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Vienna: Vienna University of Economics and Business College of Law International Exchange

Belgium

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​​​

Chicago Honorary Consulate- Paul M. Van Halteren

1713 West Beach Avenue, 
Chicago, IL 60622
1-773-342-6884

For visa inquiries, contact the Consulate General in New York
One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 885 Second Ave, 41st Fl.
NY 10017 New York
United States
1-212-586-5110

http://unitedstates.diplomatie.belgium.be/en

Typical visa application materials

Checklist available here

Processing Time and Cost

6-8 Weeks
For a  Schengen Long Stay Type D Visa, the Application fee is approximately $216 (must ​be paid in Euros)​

Additional Information​

No visa required for a stay less than 90 days, internship or not. If students plan to travel before or after the program and their stay exceeds 90 days in total, they will need to obtain a visa for Schengen long term stay BEFORE arrival. Students are to apply for the visa on their own but will need the acceptance letter from the Leuven Institute. Note: Because Leuven Institute is not a recognized institution in Belgium (it is an Irish Institution); students will need to submit the nationwide criminal history record (FBI identification record) during the visa application. Obtaining the police records can take months. Students in the past have used an organization called Accurate Biometrics to obtain their police records and FBI Background checks more quickly (approximately within 72 hours).

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Brazil

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​

401 N Michigan Ave, Ste 825
Chicago, IL 60611
312-464-0244
Email: visa.chicago@itamaraty.gov.br
http://chicago.itamaraty.gov.br/en-us/

In-person drop off: between 9am-11am
Visa pick-up: 12PM-1PM

Typical visa application materials

Checklist available here

Eligibility: Students pursuing technical short-term studies (such as Portuguese and Brazilian Culture classes with at least 15 hours of classes per week) OR Students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate academic or theological studies OR unpaid student interns

Type: Temporary Visa IV (VITEM IV)

  • Passport, signed by applicant, with at least two contiguous blank pages left
  • Delivery Receipt (“Protocolo”) printed upon completion of ONLINE VISA REQUEST form found here
    • ​Information provided by applicant will be used for issuing the visa
  • One passport photo (2”x2”)
  • Round-trip airline ticket bearing applicant’s name
  • Photocopy of valid driver’s license or utility bill as proof of residence
  • Consular fees ONLY money orders issued by the United States Postal Service
  • International Certificate of Vaccination
  • Non-criminal record for all applicants 16 years or older (no more than 90 days old) issued by Police Department of applicant’s place of residence. Document must bear official signature as well as stamped or haut-relief seal of the Police Department. Printouts are not accepted
  • Proof of health insurance policy that is valid internationally
  • Letter of acceptance from Brazilian academic institution certified by the Brazilian Ministry of Education. Letter must be original and on the academic institutions’ letterhead.
  • Proof of financial stability (e.g. bank statements, letter of financial support from family, proof of other sources of income, etc.)
  • For internships, it is mandatory to present a contract agreement between the three parts involved:  the intern, the Brazilian or foreign university and the institution where the internship is going to take place. This contract is usually known as a Term of Commitment (“Termo de Compromisso”), and is required by the Immigration office in Brazil. For more details, check “Resoluções Normativas 88/2010 e 111/2014 do Conselho Nacional de Imigração – CNIG”.
PLEASE NOTE: The documents listed above are not all-inclusive. The Consulate-General may request further documents at its discretion.
The Consulate can only accept mail from USPS. Applications sent by any other carriers (e.g. UPS, Fedex, etc) will be returned.
You must include in your envelope:

  • Signed receipt of the online form (RER)
  • All the original documents required for your type of visa
  • One recent passport-sized photo that follows the ICAO standard. It can be the same photo you uploaded to the online form. Selfies are unacceptable.
  • Passport
  • Payment, in the form of a USPS money order. For information regarding fees for each Visa type please check the visa fee table. The money order must be made out to the Consulate-General of Brazil in Chicago
  • A pre-paid, self-addressed USPS envelope for return of documents
  • Processing time for visas applied for by mail is 15 business days. That excludes weekends, holidays and time in the mail.

Processing Time and Cost

Approximately 10 business days if applied in person
Approx. 15 business days applied by mail
$160.00 USD- Money order payments only

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Chile

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​

875 N Michigan Ave #1562

Chicago, IL 60611
1-312-654-8780
http://chile.gob.cl/chicago/en/

Typical visa application materials

Visa application guide (see page 4 for student visa requirements)

  • Visa Application Form online.  Start account here
  • Valid Passport (at least for the term of the visa).​
  • One passport color photograph professionally done (2x2in ).
  • FBI Background Check​​ stating that applicant has no records nationwide. State Background Reports are currently being accepted.
  • Letter of acceptance from University or School where the applicant will be studying.
  • Letter from U.S. home school (DePaul)
  • Health certificate recently issued and signed by a Doctor stating that the applicant enjoys good health and has no communicable diseases.
  • Proof of financial solvency (scholarship, notarized letter of financial support from the parents).

Additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application​

Processing Time​ and Cost

Up to 4 Weeks
Applications can be submitted no more than 90 days in advance prior to scheduled travel date.
$160 for student visa for max. 265 day stay – Personal checks are not accepted

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:​

China

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​​

100 W. Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60654
Consulate: 312-803-0095
Passport and Visa Office: 312-453-0210
http://www.chinaconsulatechicago.org/eng/

Typical visa application materials

Requirements for X1 Student Visaissued to aliens who come to China for study, advanced studies, or fieldwork for more than 180 days
Students staying less than 180 days should apply for the X2 Visa​

  1. Passport
  2. Visa Application Form (Form V.2013) and color passport photo, must be typed
  3. Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to non-U.S. citizens)
  4. Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship
  5. Passport photo (2x2)
  6. Original and photocopy of the Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China
  7. JW201 OR JW202 sample here
​Additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application

Processing Time and Cost

Up to 6 business days
$140 (multiple entries for 6 month​s)

​Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:​

Please be aware of length of stay (180 days or less) will determine the type of visa required (X1 or X2)

France

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​

205 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601
312-327-5200
http://www.consulfrance-chicago.org/

Typical visa application materials

Checklist available here

  1. You must complete the Campus France online application process​
    This application will be reviewed and you will be emailed of your approval
  2. Request a student visa at your assigned French Consulate – you must go in person
  3. Go to consulate for visa interview – you must appear in person, there will be a visa processing fee, bring copies of important documents (they will not make copies for you), bring admission letters for program
  4. If relevant, register with the local immigration office once you’re in France
  5. Original passport or travel document (+ ONE COPY of the identity pages). Your passport must have been issued less than 10 years ago, be valid for at least three months after your return to the US and have at least 2 blank visas pages left.
  6. If you are not a U.S. citizen: A valid U.S. permanent residence card ("green card") or a valid U.S. visa with valid I-94 or valid I-20 (+ ONE COPY).
  7. Positive proof of residence in the geographic area for which the consulate is responsible
  8. Processing fee in the U.S. dollar equivalent of €50. Exceptions: Recipients of scholarships from the French government or European Union (Chateaubriand, Eiffel, Franco-American Fulbright Commission, Erasmus Mundus, Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie) are not required to pay the application and processing fee.
  9. One application form (click here for the English version) filled out completely and signed by the applicant.
  10. One passport photo glued/stapled onto the application form (white background, full face, no glasses nor hat, closed mouth).
  11. "Attestation" from CAMPUSFRANCE: An e-mail message from CampusFrance (entitled “confirmation e-mail”) informing the student that he or she may begin preparations to apply to the consulate for the visa (make appointment, collect documents). Attention! This message should not be confused with the earlier message from CampusFrance notifying the student of the creation of his or her CampusFrance account, or with the message indicating that a receipt for payment was available for download. 
  12. Receipt for payment issued by CampusFrance (does not apply to exempted students). 
  13. Proof of registration: A copy of the student’s official acceptance letter or acknowledgment of enrollment, addressed to the student and mentioning his or her full name, printed on institutional letterhead and specifying the exact dates (day, month, year) of the academic program and including full contact information for the individual issuing the offer or acknowledgment, as well as the full address of the educational institution. Said address may serve as the student’s temporary address in France. Three cases are possible:
    1. Students taking part in an exchange program between an American and a French institution. In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter may be issued from either institution provided the formal exchange agreement is identified and the information specified above is provided. 
    2. Students enrolling directly in a French institution as an independent student. In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter must be from the admitting institution and include all of the information specified above. 
    3. Students enrolling in an American program in France (operated by an American institution with a branch in France). In this case, the acceptance or enrollment letter must come from the American institution and include all of the information specified above.
  14. Financial guarantee: Nonscholarship students must prove that they have access to at least $820 per month. Proof may be provided in the form of:
    1. the applicant’s bank statement showing a balance of $820 multiplied by the number of months to be spent in France,
    2. or a notarized financial guarantee form signed by a guarantor declaring that the guarantor will provide the student applicant with at least $820 per month, plus the guarantor’s most recent bank statement
    3. or for students receiving scholarship and financial aid: Letter of scholarship award specifying amount and duration of award, issued by the financial aid office of the student applicant’s home institution.
  15. The French immigration (OFII) form (upper part) [*] should be filled out by the following students: 
    1. ALL students who will be staying in France for more than six months (180 days)
    2. Students who will be staying in France for a period of time between four and six months (for a total duration of 91-180 days) who wish to be allowed to work in France while studying
    3. Students who will be staying in France for a period of time between four and six months (for a total duration of 91-180 days) who wish to be able to extend their visa once they are in France.
      Applicants are requested to print their e-mail address very carefully to avoid any risk of confusion or error. Applicants will be notified of their OFII appointment by e-mail.
  16. An airline reservation showing date of departure or a handwritten and legible statement from the applicant indicating the intended date of departure, as well as a formal commitment not to depart before that date. It is not possible to modify the start date of a visa once the application is made. ​
  17. self-addressed prepaid EXPRESS MAIL envelope from the US POST OFFICE ONLY - NO FEDEX / UPS / AIRBORNE EXPRESS accepted.
​Additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application

Processing Time and Cost

Campus France processing time is at least 3 weeks
Consulate process takes at least 2 weeks
Students can only apply beginning 90 days from departure date
Long Stay Student Visa: $62

Additional Information

Please note: Students must make an appointment at the consulate and apply for visas in person.

Specific Programs that this visa information app​lies to:​

Only if your length of stay exceeds 90 days
France: Study at Sciences Po (Exchange)
France: Study at École Normale Supérieure
Paris IES: Advanced French Language Studies at IES
France and Sweden: Atlantis II Dual Degree Program

*The Paris Alliance Française Spring quarter program is under 90 days and therefore students DO NOT need a visa, unless they plan to travel within the Schengen Zone for more than 90 days. In that case, students may need a Schengen visa.

Germany

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

676 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 3200

Chicago, IL 60611
1-312-202-0480
http://www.germany.info/Vertretung/usa/en/03__Consulates/Chicago/00/__Home.html

Typical visa application materials

Checklist and application forms available here​
  • Evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while living in Germany and two copies thereof
    • No less than $720 Euros per month
  • Your driver's license and/or utility bill in your name as proof of residence in the consular district where you plan to apply
  • Proof of health insurance for the first three months in Germany
  • A detailed letter of motivation providing information why you wish to study in Germany

Additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application

Processing Time and Cost

Up to 25 days
Study visa: $65-$75 USD 
Fees may be paid with credit card (Visa or Mastercard only) other fees may apply when used

Additional Information

Please note: U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany, as there is a visa waiver program for the first 90 days. The 90-day period usually expires less than a month before Bonn study abroad students must return to the U.S. so the International Programs Office at Bonn University will assist with working with the German Immigration Office to provide DePaul students with an alternative residency permit that covers the remainder of their stay. It costs approximately 15 Euros instead of the 100 Euro for the electronic residence permit.

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Greece

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

650 N. St. Clair St
Chicago, IL 60611
312-335-3915
http://www.mfa.gr/usa/en/consulate-general-in-chicago/

Typical visa application materials

Checklist for National-D (Student) Visa available here

  1. A valid passport (Please make sure that your passport will be valid three (3) months after the date you exit Greece) as well at two blank pages 
  2. One color photograph (2x2 inches). (Please note that it must be glued on the application form. Applications with stapled photographs will be rejected). 
  3. A completed and signed National VISA Application Form.
  4. Acceptance letter of the institution where you will be studying certified by the prefectorial office.
  5. Letter from a physician stating you suffer from no communicable diseases.
  6. National criminal record check from the FBI (*Please see below for more information on how to obtain an official FBI Background Check).
  7. Travel Insurance stating that you are covered in case of a medical emergency and repatriation in the Schengen States (minimum coverage of € 30.000). 
  8. Proof of funds for the duration of stay in Greece (signed affidavit from your parents stating they will cover all your living expenses while in Greece)
  9. Parents’ bank and credit cards statements
  10. Parents’ W2 forms for the last two years

For more information checkout the link here

Additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application

Processing Time and Cost

7-10 business days
Approximately $99-$180. The Greek Consulate Authorities in the USA accept only cash and money orders (Please note: The Consulate General of Greece in New York accepts only money orders.)

Additional Information

Please note:

  • The Consular Office reserves the right to ask for further documentation, in addition to the above mentioned.
  • The applicant has to provide a set of photocopies of the above original documents.
  • All visa applicants must appear in person in order to submit their application at least two weeks prior to their trip.
  • Once the visa has been approved and issued, the Greek Consulate can mail your passport to your residence if you provide us with a prepaid express envelope only from the post office (FEDEX, UPS, DHL etc).

A vital part of your student visa application is the official criminal history report. The process for obtaining this report is lengthy and therefore requesting this information demands your immediate attention.
Students holding U.S. passports must request their official criminal history report through the FBI and the document is officially referred to as an FBI Identification Record.

A vital part of your student visa application is the nationwide criminal history record (FBI identification record). The process for obtaining this report is lengthy (6-8 weeks) and therefore requesting this information demands your immediate attention. Students holding U.S. passports must request their official criminal history report through the FBI and the document is officially referred to as an FBI Identification Record. Students will need to submit the nationwide criminal history record during the visa application. Students in the past have used an organization called Accurate Biometrics to obtain their police records and FBI Background checks more quickly (approximately within 72 hours).

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Hungary

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​

303 East Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
312-344-1290 (Call this number to make an appointment)
https://chicago.mfa.gov.hu/eng

Typical visa application materials​

Long-term Stay Requirements:

  • A completed and signed “residence permit for the purpose of studies” application form (can be downloaded from the website of the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
  • Valid passport (the validity of which has to exceed that of the requested visa by at least 3 months)
  • 2 passport-size color photos (identical and not older than 6 months)
  • For non-U.S. Citizens, a valid green card or US visa
  • A valid and booked plane ticket to Hungary
  • Supporting documents of the purpose of stay – educational purposes:
    • A certificate of school attendance (acceptance letter from host university)
    • Documents certifying occupancy/accomodation in Hungary
    • Proof of health insurance during your stay in Europe for any medical and repatriation expenses
    • Documents certifying subsistence in Hungary (bank account statement from last 3 months; or the declaration of the parents that they assume coverage of all costs of the stay in Hungary; or the document certifying the scholarship).
    • ​Attestation of the school that the applicant is exempt from the payment of school fees or that he/she has already paid the tuition fees.
  • Prepaid, self-addressed envelope with tracking (Fedex, UPS, USPS priority) if the applicant cannot pick up the completed visa in person 

Additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application

Processing Time and Cost

30 days
$66 USD to be paid upon application submission (CASH ONLY)

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:​

Ireland

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

1 E. Wacker Dr. Suite 1820

Chicago, IL 60601
1-312-337-1868
https://www.dfa.ie/irish-consulate/chicago/our-services/visas/visas-for-ireland/

Typical visa application materials

Visa Required Countries

Please note: American citizens do not need a visa to study in Ireland

Additional Information

Please note: American citizens do not need a visa to study in IrelandHowever, all students studying in the Republic of Ireland for more than 3 months must register with the Irish Police Force and pay a 300 Euro fee for a Residency Permit upon arrival. In order to obtain your Residency Permit, you will need:

  • Your original passport
  • DePaul University Acceptance / Certification Letter
  • Acceptance letter from your Irish Host Institution
  • CISI Worldwide Health Insurance ID card or confirmation letter (can be printed from the CISI Participant Portal). Your ID card or confirmation letter must be printed in its original color format (black and white version may not be accepted).
  • 300 Euro Registration fee. Only credit card, debit card and Bank Giro’ are accepted (American Express cards are not accepted at some GNIB branches). Cash will not be accepted.
  • After you enter the country, you must apply for permission to stay in Ireland and register with immigration before the date stamped on your passport at border control. If you don't get permission and register on time, you may have to leave the country.
  • If you plan to leave and come back to Ireland during your stay, you must prove to an immigration officer that you have a valid reason to enter Ireland every time you return.
Make sure you have any necessary documents with you for each return journey before you travel.

*YEAR students only: An original bank statement from an Irish bank which shows funds of €3,000. You must open a bank account in Ireland in order to demonstrate your financial status to the Immigration authorities. Student bank accounts with Irish banks are not liable to any bank surcharges. You will need to have a letter to open a bank account and this can be obtained from the International Office at your University. Staff can explain how to open an Irish bank account during Orientation.

  • Additional materials may be required

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Programs lasting over 90 days
Students without USA Passports
Dublin Parliamentary Internship Program
Cork: Study at University College Cork

Italy

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

500 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1850
Chicago, IL 60601
312-467-1550 ext. 807

​http://www.conschicago.esteri.it/consolato_chicago/en/i_servizi/per_chi_si_reca_in_italia/visa-students.html
Learn how to make an appointment, here.

Typical visa application materials

  • ​​Duly filled visa application form - Visa Application Form for long term stay (91 to 365 days)
    Please notice that all the names appearing on the passport must appear on the application form (all data must match those on the passport). The form must be dated and signed in front of a Visa Officer at the Consulate General or, if mailed, only in front of the Honorary Consul/Consular Correspondent (not Notary Public).
  • Recent passport-size photograph (1.2”x1.5”) on white background, full face and front view, stapled/glued to the application form. Scanned or photocopied photos will NOT be accepted
  • Valid passport plus a copy of the page with photograph and expiration date. Passport must be valid at least 3 months after visa expiration date. Passport must have at least 2 blank pages to affix the visa.
  • Original and copy of driver’s license or state ID OR full-time students​ may also use original and copy of Student ID.
  • Original and copy of official letter of acceptance from an accredited academic institution in Italy (in Italian language and addressed to the consulate).
  • Original and copy of letter of enrollment from home academic institution addressed to the Consulate General of Italy, indicating the student’s current status (full-time in good standing) and expected date of graduation. This letter must be accompanied by the letter of acceptance into the Study Abroad Program (original an copy), when this is sponsored by a different US College or University.
  • Proof of financial means - A bank statement or a letter from a US banking institution, on the bank’s letterhead, signed by a bank official and with a recent date, indicating account balance (a minimum of $​800.00 per each month of stay in Italy is required). Students who receive financial aid must present an official letter from their University stating amount of aid and time of disbursement.
  • Affidavit of support for Students - If the applicant doesn’t have own funds because supported by the parents, one or both parents must submit an affidavit of support with the bank statement (see Proof of financial means). The Affidavit must be signed in front of the Visa Officer if the parents come with the applicant to the interview, or notarized by a Notary Public
  • Proof of health insurance coverage abroad
    • Certificate issued by the health insurance company or by the Study Abroad Program, stating that the student has minimum coverage of $50,000 for hospitalization, emergencies, evacuation and repatriation
      AND
      Affidavit of Overseas Health Insurance - This statement must be signed by the student in front of the Visa Officer or notarized
  • Proof of lodging, if not included in the letter of acceptance from the Italian Institution
  • Confirmed flight reservation- round trip
  • Return envelope (if students cannot pick up visa in person) - UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICES EXPRESS MAIL or PRIORITY MAIL with a tracking number, pre-paid and self-addressed.
  • Additional documentation may be required depending on the office processing your application
Within 8 days of entering Italy with the visa, you must request a Permesso di Soggiorno (Permit of Stay) to the Questura in the city where your school is located. When requesting the Permesso di soggiorno you may be asked to submit copies of the entire documentation submitted for the visa.

Processing Time and Cost

1-3 weeks
50 Euros per visa – view fee information here.
The consulate ONLY accepts money orders

Specific Programs that this visa informat​ion applies to:

Rome: Italian Language, Culture and Society
Programs lasting over 90 days

Japan

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​​

737 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-0400
http://www.chicago.us.emb-japan.go.jp/Consular/visa.html#HowTo

Typical visa application materials

IMPORTANT NOTICE: U.S. passport holders are not required to obtain a visa to enter Japan when the purpose of their visit is tourism, commerce, a conference, meeting, visit to relatives/acquaintances, etc for up to 90 days of stay in Japan. However, when you engage in paid activities in Japan, you need the visa. 
APPLICATION FILED WITH CERTIFICATE OF ELIGIBILITY

  1. Applicant's valid passport, properly signed by bearer
  2. VISA APPLICATION FORM TO ENTER JAPAN (available here), completely filled out and signed by the applicant
  3. One photograph (2"x 2") attached to application form
  4. Copy of contract between visa applicant and company/organization in Japan if applying for Entertainer/Artist/Engineer/Skilled labor visa
  5. Original "Certificate of Eligibility" from the Ministry of Justice in Japan and one photocopy (For instructions for obtaining the Certificate of Eligibility, have your Sponsor in Japan refer to www.immi-moj.go.jp.)
  6. Proof of immigration status (For non-U.S. citizens only)
  7. Pre-paid self-addressed return envelope (optional) you must submit a USPS self-addressed return envelope. (Please note: Recipient’s name and address must match as on the visa application information).
The Embassy of Japan reserves the right to request additional documents if deemed necessary.

The Embassy of Japan will not make copies, if you need original documents, please bring the original and one copy.

Additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application

Processing Time and Cost

Approximately 5- 7 business days
U.S. citizens are exempt from visa fees

Additional Information

Please contact your Study Abroad Advisor for more information about how to get your CoE – Certificate of Eligibility for your study abroad program in Japan.

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:​

Kyoto: Japanese Language and Culture
Osaka: Studies at Kansai Gaidai University
Programs lasting longer than 90 days​

Jordan

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

Honorary Consul Mr. Ihssan Sweiss
12559 South Holiday Drive Alsip, IL 60803
1-708-272-6665
http://www.jordanembassyus.org/

Typical visa application materials

To study in Jordan students will purchase a tourist visa (about $45-$55) upon arrival at the airport in Amman. AUM will then help students with the process to extend their visas through the program departure date. Please note that visa requirements can change quickly. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes as they become available.

An HIV test is required for any student who is applying for a year-long visa. Typically every student will only extend their 3-month visa for an additional 3 months. For the temporary 3-month visa, students of American and European nationalities are NOT required to do an HIV test. Students of non-American or non-European nationalities will need to take an HIV test.

Estimated Cost

$45-$55​

Specific Programs that this visa information applies​ to:

Mexico

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

204 S. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60607
312-738-2383 EXT: 1207

Typical visa application materials

Please visit the Consulate General of Mexico in Chicago’s website for a complete guide on how to obtain your student visa.
Everyone who requires a visa regardless of age needs to apply for it in person at the Consulate.

Requirements:

  • Completed application, either typed or clearly printed.
  • Apply in person at this Consulate General.
  • Valid passport, with a photocopy of the page with the bearer’s personal data, picture and signature.
If you are not American, we will need one the following documents:

*Valid US multiple-entry visa and one photocopy.
*Valid I-94 and/or signed I-797, I-20 or J-1 form with one photocopy (all pages).

  • Original letter of acceptance from the School in Mexico, issued on letterhead, signatures in ink and including the following information:

  1. Applicant´s full name
  2. Level and name of the program/studies/course where the student has been accepted.
  3. Length of the program.
  4. Tuition fee.
  5. Full name of the Institution and additional information (institution address, telephone, fax number, e-mail, website and name of the contact).

  • Proof of economic solvency (one of the next three options):

-Last three months of bank statements with a balance of $5,000 (for students studying longer than 180 days).
-Original letter demonstrating proof of scholarship or other assistance (no scans accepted).
-Sponsor by parents or legal guardian (just for students under 25 years old):

  1. Original letter from parents stating that they will send an amount of at least $700.00 US dollars per month.
  2. Valid parent’s identifications and student’s birth certificate.
  3. Proof of economic solvency: last three months of bank statements, or last three paystubs or employment letter stating your income.

  • One front view picture, regular passport size and in color with white background is required, (photo machine, digital prints or ¾ right side profile pictures are not accepted). No glasses.

After entering Mexico, students should go to the nearest “Instituto Nacional de Migracion” Office to retrieve your resident ID.

Reminder: do NOT buy your ticket before you get a visa

Processing Time and Cost

Approximately 5 business days
$36

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Peru

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

180 N. Michigan Ave. #401
Chicago, IL 60601
1-312-782-1599
http://www.consuladoperu.com/consulados/index.php?consulado=CHICAGO

Typical visa application materials

Passport valid at least 6 months after return date. You’ll obtain a tourist visa at the port of entry in Peru. You’ll want to request 180 days as the length of the tourist visa at the airport. See below for the documents you’ll need to apply for a  student visa after arrival.
Checklist available here

  1. Valid (tourist) visa at the time of application
  2. For Students: Enrollment certification issued by a recognized educational institution
  3. For interns: Official letter from the foreign university or higher education institution, legalized by the Peruvian Consulate (or stamped with an Apostille) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  4. Proof of sufficient financial resources to fund your studies or internship in Peru
  5. Application form and fee

Additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application

Processing Time and Cost

Dependent upon country of citizenship and visa type

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Non-U.S. citizens should contact their consulate to verify specific entry requirements
Lima: Study At Universidad Pontificia Catolica del Peru (Exchange)

Spain

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

180 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60601
312-782-4588

The Consulate of Spain in Chicago will consider applications in person for Visas by Appointment only. Make an appointment online here

Typical visa application materials

  • National visa application
  • Original Passport and ID (original plus one copy) Passport must be valid at least 1 year after return-date
  • Copy of acceptance letter
  • Evidence of funds: Statement from University or US Program assuming full financial responsibility for room and board; Proof of financial aid or scholarship or at least €532/month (or equivalent in US Dollasrs)
  • For the visa validity, you must fill out numbers 21 (date of intended entry into Spain) and 28 on application form. The intended date of entry in Spain should not be over 10 days from the beginning of the studies. All the Student visas will be issued to start aprox. 10 days prior to the first days of studies. Do not buy your airline tickets until your visa has been approved.
  • Proof of Health Insurance with international covera​ge for intended period of stay in Spain
  • You must also get a police record from the countries where you have lived during the last 5 years
  • additional materials may be required depending on the office processing your application
  • FBI Background Check​ stating that applicant has no records nation​wide.

Processing Time and Cost

Approx. 4 weeks and 10 days (for mail delivery)​
Student Visas $160 in MONEY ORDERS ONLY

Additional Information

Please note: students staying less than 90 days do not need a visa

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:​

Programs lasting longer than 90 days
Madrid: Pontificia Universidad Comillas College of Law International Exchange
Note: Students in Madrid: Spanish Language and Culture do NOT need a visa but they are not allowed to stay in Spain or any other Schengen country longer than 90 days total.

Sweden

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​

150 N. Michigan Ave. Suite 1940
Chicago, IL 60601
312-781-6262
http://www.chicagoconsulateofsweden.org/

Typical visa application materials

Online application and steps to apply available here​

Processing Time and Cost

Time is dependent upon country of citizenship; usually for non-EU residents wait can take up to 1-3 months

Residence permits for students: Swedish SEK $1,000 (USD equivalent)

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:​

Switzerland

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​​

2900 Cathedral Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20008-3499
1-202-745-7900

Typical visa application materials

Visa information available here​
Checklist available here

Processing Time and Cost

8-10 weeks
Est. $0.00 (Free of charge)

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:​

If your length of stay exceeds 90 days
Switzerland: SwissStudy+

United Kingdom

Nearest Consulate or Embassy​

British Consulate-General - Chicago
625 N Michigan Ave #2200
Chicago, IL 60611
312-970-3800
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/uk-visas-and-immigration

Typical visa application materials

Short-term Study Visa (for any short course less than 6 months)

Tier 4 Visa (for courses 6+ months or courses with an internship component)

  • Read the guidanc​​e and appendix​ for the full list of documents and how much money you’ll need according to your situation.

Processing Time​ and Cost

Short-term Study Visa: Up to 3 weeks
Tier 4 visa: 3-4 weeks
Short-term Study Visa : £93
Tier 4 visa: £335

Additional Information​

  • Students initial entry into the United Kingdom cannot be through Ireland or Scotland for both visa types.

Short-term Study Visa (for any short course less than 6 months)

  • There are two ways to obtain the Short-Term Stud​y Visa: 
    • Obtain at the airport upon entering the UK in London at the start of your program.
      You would travel with the required visa documents and receive a “STS” Short-Term Student stamp in your passport upon going through immigration and entering England, which will allow you to study in England for 6 months.
      The “STS” Short-Term student stamp is a single-entry visa. Any time you leave England or the UK throughout your program, you must travel with the required visa documents and “re-apply” for the “STS” Short-Term student stamp/visa each time you re-enter England and the UK.  
    • Obtain a Short-Term Study Visa in the U.S. before traveling.
      The Short-Term Study visa obtained before departing the U.S. is a multiple-entry visa meaning you would be able to exit and re-enter the UK without having to “re-apply” for your visa each time you re-enter. If you plan on traveling before or during your program this may be a good option.  
      You would submit all required documentation to the UK Consulate in New York. The consulate holds your passport while your visa is processed and mails your passport back with the visa inside once it is processed.  
Tier 4 Visa (for courses 6+ months or courses with an internship component)

  • You cannot apply for the visa until you receive your CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) from the hosting institution.

Specific Programs that this visa information applies to:

Sheffield: University of Sheffield Full Curriculum 

  • ​Academic Year students apply for a Tier 4 visa
  • Winter-Spring students apply for a short-term study visa. The University of Sheffield requires Winter-Spring students to apply in advance. You are not allowed to apply for a short-term study visa at the airport.
​London: London South Bank University and CEA Full Curriculum and Internships in Liberal Arts, Communications, and Commerce​

  • ​Internship students apply for a Tier 4 visa
  • Full curriculum students apply for a short-term study visa

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