Europe is the melting-pot of international students from across the world. The moment you step in this continent you feel welcomed. You will see that smile and laugh are the international languages of this continent. You got to learn about other countries, traditions and religions, which will develop an empathetic value within you. There are amazing places to hang out, such as cafes', parks, historic places, seaside, riverside and many more.
The staggering academic excellence has built qualified professors who are master at their subjects, and always indulge themselves into student-teacher interaction. The well-stocked libraries will provide you with invaluable support to your career. Having the best Universities and colleges around the globe, European Universities are solely known for their quality of education. Studying in Europe is a roller coaster ride of not only about quality Education, but this place will also develop a humane value within a person.
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.
The mandatory documents to apply for a Student Schengen Visa are as following:
Additional Documents required for Minors.
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.
To submit your Student Schengen Visa application successfully, follow these steps:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Your family members can apply for a Tourist Visa or a visa for visting Family members. However, you cannot bring them over under any family reunion visa, in any Schengen country.
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.
Proof of occupation.
Did you know that over 1.4 million students from around the world came to Europe in 2012 for their higher education and the numbers are growing every year. With 1000s of world-class universities, research centres and higher education institutions, Europe is the place to be.
Want to get ahead in your career? Many employers worldwide actively seek or value an international study experience when recruiting. By studying here, you will gain the skills, knowledge and experience that employers value. With strong international business, creative and research sectors, Europe is a great place to build your career.
There are 24 official languages in the European Union, but did you know that most countries across Europe offer study programmes in English too? You’ll also find programmes taught in other leading global business languages such as Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic and more.
Europe is a welcoming, friendly place for students from all around the world. Europe’s universities and colleges offer support and social activities to help you feel at home and happy. Europe is also a great place to live: 7 of the world's 10 happiest countries are here!
Studying in Europe is not just about lectures and libraries, it is also a once-in-a-lifetime chance to discover new countries and to discover yourself too! From the snowy north to the sun-soaked south, across Europe you will find breath-takingly beautiful landscapes, buzzing cities and vibrant cultures waiting for you.
European countries invest in their higher education systems to help make education affordable for students, whilst maintaining high quality standards. Across Europe, tuition fees and living costs compare very well to other study destinations. In fact, in some European countries, study programmes are free of charge! There are lots of scholarships and financial support options available too.
Are you an ambitious researcher looking to boost your career? Europe offers you great opportunities. There were 1.58 million full time equivalent researchers in the EU-27 in 2009. Over the next decade, the European Union is actively looking to attract an additional 1 million researchers!
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