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
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
- 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
- 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.
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
- 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. 16 at 4 p.m.
- 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
- 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 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 email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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