EUROPE STUDENT VISA | STUDY IN EUROPE
GermanyGermany is a place to be when it comes to the quality of higher education, research infrastructure, teaching methodology, low-cost studies, and career prospect. That is why many internationals continue to believe that Germany is the best place for pursuing their higher education further.
On the other hand, not every foreign person is able to pursue such a dream, right away. This because several nationalities are NOT allowed to enter and stay in the territory of Germany without enjoying the appropriate German Visa.
In our case, a visa needed is the authorizing official document required to permit a non-German national to enter and stay in the territory of Germany for the purpose of studying, in a specific intended period.
Therefore, being a foreigner who:
- Just received the Acceptance Letter from a German University,
- Soon is expected to get A Response on his/her University Application in a University in Germany,
- Has to Enroll in A Foundation Course before applying in a German University,
- Needs to Take a Foundation Course (Studienkolleg) to prepare for the test “Feststellungsprüfung” – qualification assessment examination
- Needs to Complete a Doctoral Degree
- Wants to Engage in a Research Project in Germany
Which are German Visa Types for Study Purposes?
As we explained earlier, whenever you want to travel to Germany for study purposes, you have to apply for the appropriate German Visa, related to the purpose of your travel and stay there – studying.
There are three types of visas meant for people intending to pursue educational activities in Germany:
- Language Course Visa (Visa for Language Learning) – for educational activities lasting from 3 months up to 1 year, for the purpose of participating in short German language courses.
- Student Applicant Visa (Visum Zur Studienbewerbung) – if you want to study in Germany, but are still trying to find the right program or you still haven’t got the confirmation letter from your University
- Student Visa (Visum Zu Studienzwecken) – if you have already been accepted to a German university.
Where and How to Apply for a Germany Study Visa?
As we stated earlier, the place where you should apply for your visa is the German Embassy or Consulate in your country.
First, you need to schedule an appointment for a visa interview. On the day of the interview, you should offer your visa application documents.
Additionally, you will need to respond to the interview questions that the consular officer prepares in order to closely examine you as a potential visa candidate.
Leave A Visa Appointment Soon ENOUGH!
Before doing anything else, in order to apply for the Student Schengen Visa, you need to set up a visa appointment at the German Embassy or Consulate in your country!
Check up for the available dates and make the appointment in the online system on the website of the German Embassy or Consulate in your country, soon after you will be able to plan your departure time.
Visa interview is the moment where you meet with the consular officer directly as a visa applicant. The same time you need to present all the visa required documents, as your consular officer asks for them orderly. During a visa appointment, the officer also makes you questions about the application, as well as personal ones which you have to answer carefully and truthfully.
Registration at the Resident’s Registration Office
- Foreigners who seek to remain in Germany for more than 2 MONTHS they must get the Confirmation on Registration “Meldebestätigung”. To get such a confirmation a foreigner must apply at the local Resident’s Registration Office or “Einwohnermeldeamt”.
- Foreigners who seek to remain in Germany for more than 90 DAYS or 3 MONTHS you need to possess the proper residence title. In our case a Residence Permit “Aufenthaltsgenehmigung” is the appropriate title, intended for study purposes. A residence permit will be issued only upon the application of the visa holder at the Alien Registration Office “Ausländerbehörde“ in the city where your university is located.
Important Things To Know as a German Visa applicant and/or Holder
- Additional documents can be required by the visa officer upon the visa interview
- Appear in person in the visa interview
- Be cautious about your passport validity- it needs to be valid for your entire period of stay, including the expected extended period
- Bear in mind that the incomplete visa application can be refused
- Do not stick your photographs in the visa application form
- Don’t take anyone with you to the Embassy or Consulate during a visa interview
- Every applicant is authorised to take legal actions against the embassy or consulate decision on her/his visa application
- Getting your Visa For Study Purposes is important, instead of a Tourist Visa -because it gives you the opportunity to get a residence permit once in Germany REMEMBER that a Tourist Visa cannot be extended further while in Germany, in case you need to stay longer!
- If the applicant is considered to represent a risk for the security and public order of the Schengen Area the visa will be rejected
- In case of visa rejection the applicant gets informed about the main reason of rejection
- Make sure for your trip to Germany to be scheduled early enough so you will have the needed time in disposition to enrol in university
- Original documents can be required upon the arrival at the airport
- Germany study visa is not automatically given – so you have to wait for up to 4 MONTHS to get a response from the Embassy or Consulate and there is no guarantee you will be granted with a visa
- The application form can be downloaded freely on the website of the Embassy or Consulate in your country
- The passport remains at the Embassy / Consulate during the entire process of visa proceeding
- Visa appointments should be made only through the online system (not by phone, e-mail, fax or in-person)
- Visa Fee will not be reimbursed in case of visa refusal
Germany Student Visa Fee
The fee for Germany student visa application is 75,- EUR.
Student applicants have to pay the visa fees by a bank transfer. Cheques or credit cards are not accepted. The money order must be in the name of the Embassy/Consulate in your home country and not older than two months.
Spain is one of the most popular destinations for students. World-class universities, buzzing cities, the chance to learn Spanish, and an incredible nightlife are just a few of the draws which make it such an appealing place.
What is the Spain Student Visa?
A Spain Student Visa allows you to study or train, take part in a student exchange, or to work as an unpaid intern for more than three months in Spain. EU and Swiss citizens are free to go to Spain to study without a visa.
There are different types of Spanish Student Visas which are valid for different lengths of time. Students need to apply at a Spanish embassy or consulate and provide a range of paperwork. It is necessary to be accepted onto a course before applying.
Student Permit for less than 3 months (90 days)
Students from countries which are eligible for visa-free entry of up to 90 days, can take a course without obtaining a student visa (as long as the duration of the course is shorter than 90 days).
Those coming from countries which do not qualify for visa-free entry need to apply for a Schengen Student Visa. To study in Spain, applications need to be made at a Spanish embassy or consulate in the home country of the student.
Short-term Student Visa visa for between 3 and 6 months
The Short-Term Student Visa allows students to take a course which lasts a maximum of 180 days.
The application is less complicated than the one for longer courses as less paperwork is required. Short-term Student Visas cannot be extended under any circumstances.
Students can take Spanish language courses with this type of visa and any short-courses offered by colleges and universities.
Long-term Student Visa for more than 6 months
Long-Term Student Visas allow students to take courses which are longer than 6 months.
In addition to completing the visa application, students have to apply for a student residence card at an immigration office within a month after arriving.
For this type of visa the application involves more paperwork than the short-term visas. Applicants need to provide a medical certificate and a certificate of no criminal conviction.
Apply for a Student Visa for Spain
Applicants need to be offered a place on a course before applying for a Student Visa for Spain. The visa application needs to be submitted between two and three months before traveling to Spain to allow plenty of time for the visa to be processed.
The exact required documentation varies depending on the consulate, the individual’s circumstances, and the course the applicant wants to take. The fee for a Schengen Student Visa is currently €60 per person.
Documents required to apply for a Student Visa
Though the required documentation may vary depending on your case, the required documents required for a Student Visa are:
- 2 completed Schengen Visa application forms
- Passport (valid until the end of your stay)
- ID Card (could be driver’s license of national ID card if applicable)
- Current student ID
- 2 recent passport photos (one for each application form)
- Letter of acceptance from the course provider
- Health insurance
- Proof of sufficient funds to cover stay (bank statements)
Work in Spain with a Student Visa
The Spain Student Visa allows students to work part-time or in a temporary position for the duration of the course. The maximum amount of hours cannot exceed 20 hours a week, and the job must not interfere with the candidates studies.
In order for a Student Visa holder to get a job, the employer has to obtain a work permit from the Foreign Office. The employment contract cannot exceed the duration of the study visa. For internships which are part of a course, the work permit is not necessary.
There are different types of student visas for France:
- Visa de court séjour pour etudes (‘Schengen’ short-stay student visa): You can come to France and study for up to three months on this visa, without the need for a separate residence visa. This is suitable for those enrolling on a language course or short-term programs.
- Visa de long séjour temporaire pour etudes (temporary long-stay visa): This visa allows you to study in France for between three and six months without the need for a residence permit. It is non-renewable.
- Visa de long séjour etudes (long-stay visa): If you want to study for longer than six months, then you need to apply for this visa. This type of study visa lasts for the duration of your course in France i.e. three years for bachelors, two years for masters, and four years for a Ph.D. Long-stay visas act as residence permits and are called VLT-TS.
Submission of Visa application and collection of passports can be done only by the applicant himself or through a travel agent authorized by the Embassy of France, New Delhi. French Student Visa has two distinct stages of application. One at the Campus France and the other at the embassy. The set of documents can vary for both of them. You would be required to submit originals at Campus France and Photo-copies at the embassy/ consulate/ Visa Application Centres.
Cost of Visa
The Visa Fee for Long Stay National Visa for Study purposes is €99 for students applying for bachelors/ masters courses. For dual course applicants as well as exchange students, the fee is the same. This amount needs to be paid at the nearest BNP Paribas Branch. You can locate the branch from this web tool. Once you reach the branch, you would need to carry you’re IN Number. The payment can be made in cash and in favor of INSTITUT FRANCAIS EN INDE, Account N0. 0906506003400137. We recommend you to speak with the nearest branch before you go there to make the payment.
Apart from this charge, you would also be required to pay the Visa Processing charge of €50 which is at present at INR 4338 as well as the VFS Service Fees and handling charges which amount to INR 1467 (inclusive of taxes). Please note the visa fee for applicants applying to the France Visa Application Centre in New Delhi and Kolkata is payable by a Bank Draft. Visa fee for applicants applying to the France Visa Application Centre in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Goa, Chennai, and Puducherry is payable by cash only. Also, an optional courier facility is available at Rs 300 (inclusive of service tax) per application.
Note: It is always advisable to check with the embassy/ consulate before you submit your application about the Visa Fee as exchange rates are subject to change.
You should provide two sets of application photocopies containing the following documents:
- Long stay application form for the duration of more than 90 days
- Two passport size photographs
- A copy of Passport
- A print out of your CampusFrance NOC
- Letter of registration from the academic Institution
- Cover letter explaining the study project and a CV/Resume
- Proof of funds – tuition fees + a minimum of 615 Euros/month, for the complete academic term
- Proof of medical insurance with coverage valid in France
- Copy of your round-trip airline ticket (if you are studying for six months or less) or a one-way ticket if you are studying in France for more than six months)
- OFII form (Office Francais de Immigration et de Integration)
- Proof of residency in France such as a lease, electricity bill, title of property, etc. for a minimum of three months or a hotel reservation
- Copy of the CV
- Copies of the degree and academic diplomas, certificates
Depending on the purpose of your travel to Malta, there are different types of visas that will apply to the occassion. Whether you are planning to go on a visit, study or work and reside there permanently, you will have to apply for a different Malta Schengen Visa, accordingly.
You can apply for the Maltese Schengen Visa since 2007 when Malta as a Member State of the European Union also became a member state of the Schengen Area.
General required documents for Maltese Visa Application:
- Download Malta Visa application form, fill it completely and with sincerity. You can also fill the Malta Visa application form electronically and then print a hard-copy,
- 2 photos must be attached; the photo should be of passport format – a recent whole-face capture with a light background. Learn more about photo requirements and specifications for a Maltese Visa.
- Your passport and copies of your previous visas – valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required. Your passport must have at least two blank pages,
- A copy of your return-ticket reservation. It is not recommended to purchase the ticket before obtaining the visa – if not otherwise required,
- Travel medical insurance confirmation of minimum 30,000 € coverage within Malta and the entire Schengen area,
- A visa cover letter stating the purpose of visit to Malta and itinerary,
- Flight ticket reservation (if applicable),
- Proof of civil status (marriage certificate, birth certificate of children, death certificate of spouse, ration card if applicable).
- Proof of accommodation for your entire stay in Malta.
- Means of subsistence – Proof of sufficient financial means for the period of stay in Malta. According to the information provided by the European Commission, a foreign national who wants to enter the territory of Malta, while applying for a Malta Visa it needs to attest owning 48€/day for the period of stay, to the Malta Embassy or Consulate.
- Employment contract
- Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
- No-objection certificate from employer
- Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary
- A copy of your business license
- Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
If a student:
- Proof of enrollment
- Leave approval letter from school or university
- Pension statement of the latest 6 months
- Regular income generated by property proof of the latest 6 months
*Note: The signed application form must be accompanied the rest of the above-mentioned mandatory documents and handed personally at the appropriate embassy/consulate or its representative in your home country.
Student Visas can be obtained on furnishing proof of admission (original admission letter) from recognized Universities/Institutions in India for a maximum period of 5 years, restricted to the duration of the course,. Applicant has to provide his/ her income certificate and a letter of financial support from the parent/ guardian accompanied by a bank guarantee, along with photocopy of his/her passport or Italian carta d’identità including the page with holder’s signature, tallying with the one on the letter.
Student Visa valid for three entries each academic year may be granted. If applicant intends to stay in India more than 180 days consecutive he/ she has to register at the FRRO or FRO within 14 days from arrival.
Documents to be attached with Visa application:
1. Printout of Online Visa application form with uploaded photo.
3. Old passport or other nationality passport, if any/ declarations
4. Residence proof (More than 2 years residence) or duly filled Fax form for non-residents or residents for less than two years.
5. Original Admission letter issued by the Indian Institution/ University.
6. Proof of availability of sufficient money to spend during the stay in India including the expenses for hostel and tuition fees.
7. Copy of the Medical Insurance.
8. All pages of the documentation submitted should be self-attested by the applicant.
Two main documents that are required when entering Poland by the non-EU citizens are a valid travel document (passport) and a visa (if required).
As a general rule, you would need a visa to enter Poland. However, foreigners from a number of countries are exempted from a visa requirement when entering Schengen Area for the periods not exceeding 90 days within a 180-day period: One can check the list of the countries ie here: https://udsc.gov.pl/en/cudzoziemcy/obywatele-panstw-trzecich/chce-przyjechac-do-polski/czy-potrzebuje-wizy/
Poland is a part of the Schengen Area, so you can apply for a Polish visa and travel all around Europe (excluding the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and states outside of the EU).
There are several types of visas to choose from:
“A” type – an airport transit Schengen visa, so it cannot be used by a student coming to Poland
“C” type – a short-term Schengen visa allowing the holder to stay in the Schengen territory for up to 90 days in 180 days period
“D” type – a long-term national visa issued for up to one year allowing travel around the Schengen area for up to 90 days in a 180 days period A visa can only be extended in exceptional situations. Should you need to stay in Poland longer than specified in your visa please do apply for the temporary residence permit (see below)
5 easy steps to get a visa
1) Find a Polish Consulate/ consular section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland that can process your application. You can use the MFA’s search engine https://www.gov.pl/web/diplomacy/polands-missions-abroad
2) Read carefully ALL the information concerning visa application on the consulate’s website and follow ALL the instructions.
3) Set a visa appointment with the consulate. In most cases, you will have to register through the website: https://secure.e-konsulat.gov.pl/
4) Prepare the necessary documents, including application form, travel document (passport), biometric photo, health insurance, sufficient means to support yourself, documents confirming the purpose of your stay. The specifics of the required documentation may vary among consulates, so confirm them with the consulate’s website.
5) Submit all the documents including a printed and signed application form and the visa fee. Your visa application is complete. It should take up to 15 days for it to be reviewed.
Early submission of visa documents is advisable as in some cases procedure may take a considerable amount of time.