Obtaining a Student Visa
The following information should clarify the procedure to obtain a student visa in Spain and also the other important documents to have when you leave work or study in Spain. For more detail on the procedure, please contact directly the consulate or embassy of the Spanish riding in which you go.
When a visa is required to study in Spain?
If you are a resident of the European Union you do not need a visa, and if you are not:
In the framework of an internship non-remunerated:
Some countries do not need a visa to enter in Spain. But if you come as a student and those for a longer period than a simple tourist visit, we recommend that you obtain a student visa.
Here is the list of countries that do not require a visa in the framework of an internship non-remunerated in Spain:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- SOUTH KOREA
- COSTA RICA
- El Salvador
- United States
- New Zealand
- Saint Christopher and Nevis
- San Marino
- VATICAN CITY
- HONG-KONG (People’s Republic of China)
- Macao (People’s Republic of China)
The documents required to apply for a visa in Spain
The original and a copy of the following documents:
- The Visa Application Form Spanish, completed and signed.
- Two recent photos, photos in the format passport (white background) pasted on the application forms.
- A passport valid for a minimum of six months and at least two empty pages.
- Internship agreement, including: the name of the program, the duration (start and end date of the program), the address of the school or place of home, the name and the phone number of the contact person for the school in Spain and hours of study per week (at least 20).
- Information on the program of studies.
- Evidence of the insurance coverage during your stay in Spain, for emergency medical expenses and the repatriation due to illness or accident. The minimum coverage is $50,000 without franchise (confirmation of the coverage).
- Visa fee, payable with a mandate to the order of “Consulate General of Spain”.
Occasionally Document required:
1) Proof of means of support in the form of:
- If you participate in an international program, submit a document attesting to this.
- Bank statements showing sufficient means of subsistence to cover all expenditure in Spain.
- Notarized Letter of parents assuming the full financial responsibility for the student during the entire stay in Spain. Attach a copy e the identity card of the latter, their bank statement.
- Evidence of receipt of a financial aid or a scholarship covering tuition, house, pension and personal expenses during the stay in Spain.
2) Proof of housing in the form of:
- Notarized invitation issued in Spain of a Spanish citizen or a lawful permanent resident Spanish in Spain.
- Letter of the program of study attesting to the address where the student will stay.
3) A medical certificate may also be required attesting that the applicant is free to all diseases which could have serious implications for public health and which could easily propagate at the international level.
4) Original Certificate of Good Conduct (clearance of the police) issued by the U.S. Department of Justice – Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Required only for candidates of 18 years and more.
5) Proof of sufficient financial support: bank statements, investments and any other source of income.