The application process for a study abroad student visa can be confusing. This is because it’s different for different countries. You need to follow basic guidelines as well as those from the state department of the country where you’re going study. Once that is sorted, you should have no trouble.

The Process

Unfortunately, there is no single application for a Student Visa . Requirements differ from country to country. For example, if you want to study in the US check the US State Department’s International Travel Country Specific Information page. This won’t take you directly to the visa application, but it will give you an overview of things. These will include the location of the US embassy and any consular offices. Or whether you need a visa. Plus, crime and security information and health and medical conditions. Also covered will be drug penalties.

Your next step should be to visit the Border Agency website of your host country. This is where you can find your visa application. While all of their websites differ, they can be navigated fairly similarly. 

Visit the section titled “Students” or “Studying in…” There will be a frequently asked questions, or FAQ, section. And, a section explaining both the parts of the application and the terms used in the application. Many applications are done on a point based system. You must meet the financial requirement and be sure to be sponsored by an accredited institution.

Suggested tips that clarify a few aspects of the application requirements

Standard Visa Application Materials:

• A letter from your institution on their own letterhead stating that they are sponsoring you. It should include things like tuition and room and board costs, proof of housing, etc.

• Written proof that you have a certain amount of money in a bank account with your name on it with which you will use to live. This is separate from room and board costs. 

• Proof that you have some way of paying your tuition fees. 

• Obtain your biometrics. It’s a fairly straightforward and simple process.

• Your passport. At this point, you should already have a passport. You will be required to mail it along with the rest of the documents. You will get your passport back with the visa inside.

• Passport quality photos. You should be able to find every county’s specifications on their respective visa website. 

• A few more tips: Send out your application at least two months in advance. There’s nothing worse than not having your visa the day you’re supposed to leave for studying abroad. Also, make copies of everything! Having copies of all documents will save you time, energy and most important, money.