Study in Europe
Student Schengen Visa – Traveling to Europe for Study Purposes
A Student Schengen Visa is an entry permit to the Schengen Zone, granted to third-country nationals wishing to enter and remain for short-stays in any of the member states, under the purpose of studying.
This visa permits its holder to remain in the Schengen territory for a maximum of 3 months. If your study or training course lasts longer than that, you should apply for a Long-Stay Study Visa at the embassy of the respective country.
Only the nationals coming from third countries that have not signed a visa-free agreement with the Schengen Area member states are in need of a Student Schengen Visa.
What Documents are Required When Applying for a Student
The mandatory documents to apply for a Student Schengen Visa are as following:
Additional Documents required for Minors.
Proof of occupation.
If a student:
Where to Submit a Student Schengen Visa Application
You should submit your Student Schengen Visa Application at the responsible Embassy / Consulate / VAC of your main Schengen destination in your country of residence. To figure that out check the rules on How to Choose the Right Embassy/Consulate/VAC to Submit the Student Visa Application.
How to Apply for a Student Schengen Visa
To submit your Student Schengen Visa application successfully, follow these steps:
When to Apply for a Student Schengen Visa?
According to the Schengen rules, the period within which you can submit a Student Schengen visa application is as following:
However, you are highly recommended to apply about 4 weeks prior to your departure date, since this way you will give to the embassy enough time for processing your visa.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Student Schengen visa?
The legal processing time for a Student Schengen visa is 15 calendar days. In some cases, you can receive an answer within even shorter periods. However, in extraordinary cases this period may also extend from 30 to 60 days.
How Long is the Student Schengen Visa valid for?
The Validity of a Student Schengen Visa is up to three months within a six-month period. When you get the passport with the visa in it, check the visa sticker information, to make sure about the validity period and the duration of permitted stay in the Schengen Area.
Can I extend a Student Schengen Visa?
A student Schengen Visa can be extended only in some very specific cases as late entry,
humanitarian reasons, force majeure or important personal reasons. For more information, read How to Extend a Schengen Visa.
However, if you wish to extend your Student Schengen Visa with the purpose of continuing your studies in the Schengen State where you are in, that is not possible. Instead, you will have to return to your home country / country of residence and apply from there for a long- stay study visa.
Can I work under a Student Schengen Visa in Europe?
No, you cannot. Some long-stay Study Visas permit students to work for a limited number of hours per week. However, no Schengen member state allows you to get a job under a Student Schengen Visa.
Can I bring my family in Europe with a Student Schengen Visa?
Your family members can apply for a Tourist Visa or a visa for visiting Family Members. However, you cannot bring them over under any family reunion visa, in any Schengen country.
Is there any age limit to apply for a Student Schengen Visa?
There is no age limit for those who wish to obtain a Schengen visa to attend a training or study course in the Schengen Zone.
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