A visa is essentially your permission to travel to and within a particular country. It may be required, in addition to your passport, to enter and exit a country.
A student visa, issued by the host country, confirms that you are approved to study in the host country for the duration of your study abroad program, which is usually longer than a typical tourist.
Visa requirements and application processes vary greatly by country, so be sure to look through the State Department's Country Specific Information to research the entry and exit requirements for the country or countries you’ll be visiting. If you’re going to SLUMadrid (or any program in Spain), learn more about obtaining a Spanish Visa.
SLU may assist you with the visa process, however, it is your responsibility to apply for and obtain a visa. Please note that these are regulations imposed by the government of the host country, not Saint Louis University.
If you do not have your returned passport and visa three weeks prior to your departure date, please contact our office.
The following services may assist you with obtaining your visa. Please note that these services are not endorsed by or affiliated with Saint Louis University.
Please keep in mind that some countries require visas even for short periods of time. Be sure to research the entry requirements of the countries you intend to visit before you depart for your destination.
Check with the U.S. Department of State to see if your intended destination requires a visa.