Spanish Visa Information

Saint Louis University offers a Spanish visa service to streamline the visa application process for SLU students going to SLU­-Madrid.

Using the Spanish Visa Service

Please note: The following information is only intended for students from SLU's St. Louis campus using the SLU visa service and studying abroad for one semester or academic year. Non-SLU study abroad and SLU-Madrid permanent students may contact admissions-madrid@slu.edu for additional visa support.

To use SLU’s Spanish visa service, you must:

  • Be enrolled at Saint Louis University (or have a legal ID — such as a driver’s license or student ID — from one of the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota or Wisconsin).
  • Be accepted to SLU­-Madrid.
  • Have paid the SLU-Madrid program deposit
  • Have a passport that is valid for three months beyond the end of your semester at SLU-Madrid.
    • Check the academic calendar for exact program dates.
    • If necessary, renew your passport.
    • Take note: You will have to send your passport away for up to four months while the visas are being processed. If you’re going to need your passport during that time (approximately April through July for fall semesters and September through early December for the spring semester), you will have to file your visa on your own.
Padre Arrupe Hall at SLU-Madrid

Students studying at SLU-Madrid attend classes at Padre Arrupe Hall. 

Requirements

You must submit your completed forms to the Office of International Services by the deadline. For students who are not at SLU when using this service, this means your paperwork must be received by the deadline, not just post-marked. These dates are non­-negotiable.

  • For students studying abroad in the fall, paperwork is due by April 7 at 4 p.m.
  • For students studying abroad in the spring, paperwork is due by Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.

Submission Materials 

  • Two copies of the application for national visa form. Fill out the application, then print two copies.
  • Two passport­-style photos. These can be taken in the Office of International Services for free, or at your local post office or many chain pharmacies for a small charge. Glue (do not staple) these photos to your visa applications.
  • Your original passport, with at least three months’ validity after your program ends.
  • Non­-U.S. citizens must also have a U.S. Visa with I­20/IAP­66 or Alien Registration Card.
  • Two copies of your passport’s photo page
  • A copy of a photo ID that proves you live within the Chicago consulate’s region (for current SLU students, your student ID is acceptable)
  • Proof of admission to SLU­-Madrid and proof of insurance. If you’re a current SLU student, we’ll take care of this part after you pay your program deposit. If you’re not a current SLU student, SLU­-Madrid will send you these letters in the mail. You must send in the original letters, not photocopies.
  • Evidence of funds — that’s a notarized letter from either your parents or SLU that proves you will have enough money to afford living in Spain (the recommended amount for the Chicago Consulate is 532 Euros per month). See an Evidence of Funds example letter. If you’re a current SLU student and you receive the recommended minimum in aid, we’ll get that information from student financial services for you.
  • A notarized visa authorization form. Please note that this form cannot be signed or dated until you are with a notary. (This service is available in the office of international services.)
  • A visa information form. This tells the Office of International Services where to mail the visa once it is processed. We recommend a permanent address — wherever you’ll be over Christmas or in the summer — to make sure you get the visa and passport back before you leave for Madrid.
  • Paid visa fees. These can be paid via SLU billpay. The fee covers SLU’s visa service fee as well as the Chicago consulate fees. (If you’re not using the SLU visa service, you’ll need to get a mail order to pay this fee. Your bank can help you.)

If you’re a student from SLU's St. Louis campus attending SLU­-Madrid but not using SLU’s visa service, you can still meet with us to make sure your visa application is completed correctly. Just email studyabroad­madrid@slu.edu to set up a meeting. You’ll also need to make an appointment with your consulate— many of them require in­person meetings — to turn in your visa application. It is important to do this early, as many consulate appointments fill up quickly. If you can’t get an appointment, you can’t get a visa — and SLU cannot intercede on your behalf. Make sure you review the specific documents required for your consulate as requirements may vary.

Long­-Term Programs

If you’re attending SLU­-Madrid for more than one semester, you’ll need a different visa. Follow the steps laid out above, but you’ll need a few more pieces of paperwork.

  • Background check that is authenticated with the Apostille of the Hague Convention. There are a few options for where this can be done; please contact us at studyabroadmadrid@slu.edu to decide which route is best for you.
  • Doctor's statement indicating that you have been examined and found free of any contagious diseases. This statement must include your name exactly as it appears on your passport, be dated within the past three months, be signed by an M.D. and be printed on the doctor’s letterhead.