Passports and Visas


All students must have a passport that is valid for at least six months after their program end date. It is recommended that you have your passport ready at least four months before your program start date.

As you go through the passport control area upon entering Spain (or any country in Schengen Area), an immigration officer should stamp your passport. Make sure your passport gets stamped.

Student Residency Card

You will need to apply for your student residency card within 30 days of your arrival into the Schengen Area. It will take approximately two months to complete the residency card process. Your residency card will be your national identification card while in Spain. It's valid for up to one year and renewable if you continue to meet the student visa conditions. You will receive information on how to apply for the residency card during orientation in Valencia.


Most students will need to obtain a visa to study in Spain. A student visa is a type of long stay (or long term) visa that you apply for at a Spanish consulate or embassy. The visa gets stamped inside your passport. It is recommended that you start reviewing the visa instructions in April or May so that you have enough time to prepare your visa application.

Citizens and legal residents of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland do not need a student visa to study in Spain.

All students must obtain their student visa before arriving in Valencia.

Option 1: Apply through Berklee

To apply through Berklee you must be a current student or legal resident in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont or Maine. You will need to provide a copy of your school ID or state ID (e.g. driver's license). If you do not have a U.S. passport you must also provide a copy of your valid U.S. immigration documents (e.g F-1 student visa and I-20, or permanent resident card).

You do not need to come to Boston to apply for a visa through Berklee.

Visa processing usually takes about eight weeks from the visa application deadline. Your passport will remain at the Spanish consulate in Boston and cannot be retrieved during this time.

The deadline to submit your complete visa application is May 12.

Option 2: Apply on Your Own

The steps below describe the general process for obtaining a student visa.

You must check with your Spanish consulate to find out their requirements and timeline for applying for a visa.