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Posted April 18, 2014

Studying Abroad: How To Get A Visa

The possibility of studying abroad can overwhelm any student, particularly those who've never left the country and who are new to traveling. Studying in another country will mean embracing a culture foreign to the student, learning another language (at least for everyday communication in some cases) and most definitely applying for a student visa.

The latter may seem to be particularly problematic to those students who don't have itchy feet, and hence have not traveled before. However, it really isn't that difficult and the same steps usually apply regardless of the country you decided to move to for however long your period of study lasts.

Applying for a student Visa may seem somewhat confusing at first, since there will likely be some bureaucratic differences compared to the country of origin. As mentioned above though, following the basic guidelines which we will provide here should ensure you a smooth application process and, hopefully, a swift Visa permit so that you can get on with your studies.

You should look at any relevant information on the site, which will not only offer plenty of travel advice regarding the country which you are planning on staying in, but also provide legislative information, travel information, security, health and much much more. It is important to know all these things beforehand as they will give you an idea on the lifestyle you should expect .

The Application Process Before embarking on your adventure, you should search for the relevant government site of your host country. This is where you will be able to find the Border Agency or Travel section, which will subsequently allow you to apply for a Visa or, at least, learn something about the application process. The latter will at least help you so that you aren't stranded in a country foreign to you without much of a clue on how to proceed.

Applications for Visas are usually processed on a point-based system, which means you will have to meet certain criteria. All you really need to worry about are the sponsorship letter from your institution and a series of other documents which are listed below. Almost every country will grant you a trouble-free stay as long as you can prove that you will be residing to legitimately study in that country.

Needed Materials and Documents While this list will not seek to be extensive, it is generally the same in every country where you will be applying for the Visa. It is important to remember these documents as without them problems could arise. The needed materials usually are:
  • The sponsorship letter from your institution, which is of prime importance.
  • A bank statement or official letter proving that you have whatever financial requirements are needed for a successful Visa. This may be a certain amount in the bank, for instance.
  • Proof that you can pay tuition fees.
  • Passport, including passport-sized photos.
  • Biometrics like electronic fingerprints and more.

These requirements are almost always needed wherever you go, but you will undoubtedly need to check up upon things like financial requirement.

Lastly, plan your application and send it out well in advance so that any problems which arise can be solved before your planned moving date.

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