Schedule a Visa Advising Meeting
If you have any questions or concerns about applying for a visa, you can schedule an appointment to meet with a study abroad advisor.
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.
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 at least four months before your program begins so that you have enough time to prepare your visa application..
All students must obtain their student visa before arriving in Valencia.
*Citizens and legal residents of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland do not need a student visa to study in Spain.
Applying for a Visa
You have two options to apply for your visa.
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.
Visa Application Deadline
October 13, 2023 (for spring 2024 abroad)
Step 1: Gather the Documents on the Visa Application Checklist
Required Documents for All Students:
- Passport (original and two copies of the photo/information page) Make sure your passport is signed, in good condition, and valid for at least six months after your program ends. It must have at least one empty page for the visa to be stamped inside. Scan or take a picture of your passport before submitting it with your visa application so you will have a copy for your records.
- College/University ID or State ID/License (one copy) Your ID must be from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, or Maine. Copies of state IDs/licenses must be notarized. Copies of college/university IDs do not need to be notarized.
- Application For National Visa (original) Fill out the Application for National Visa. --Page 1: Fill out electronically - complete numbers 1-10, 12-16, and 18 (if applicable). --Page 2: Fill out electronically - complete number 21. --Pages 3-4: Do not fill out (the required info is already completed for you). --Page 5: Include the place and date you're signing the form (e.g. Boston MA, 1-Sep-2023). Sign and date the form! You must use a pen (no pencil).
- Color Photo (original) You can get a “passport photo” at most drugstores including CVS and Walgreens, or at a post office. Your photo must have a white background. Write your name on the back of your photo in case it gets separated from the rest of your documents.
- Proof of Financial Means (original and one copy) -Option 1: Parent/Guardian Financial Support Letter, parent bank statements, and student's birth certificate. The parent letter must be notarized. If the letter is notarized outside the U.S., it must also be legalized. You must also provide the same parent's last three bank statements.* A copy of the student's birth certificate is also required. -Option 2: Student's bank statements from a U.S. bank: You must provide your last three bank statements.* *All bank statements must have an ending balance of at least $700 multiplied by the number of months you will be in Spain. For example, if you will be in Spain for four months, each statement must have an ending balance of at least $2,800.
- Consulate Authorization Letter (original) Fill out the Consulate Authorization Letter. The letter must be notarized. If you submit your visa application to the study abroad office in person, you can get the consulate authorization letter notarized in the office.
- Payment for the Visa Fee (original) The consulate in Boston only accepts money orders and cashier's checks. Personal checks are not accepted. You can get a money order from a post office or a cashier’s check from a bank. Address the money order to "Consulado General de España" and write your name in the “from” section. The visa fee is non-refundable. Your visa fee depends on your passport country. --USA: $160 --Australia: $420 --Canada: $92 --UK: $214 (if studying abroad for more than one semester) --All Others: $85
- Immigration Documents (original and one copy) Required only for Non-U.S. Citizens. If you are an international student, you must provide your F-1 visa and I-20, or green card. Your I-20 must be signed (by you) on the first page. Your documents must be valid for at least six months after your program end date.
- Doctor's Letter (original and one copy) Required only for students studying abroad for a full academic year. Students studying abroad for one semester do not need a doctor's letter. The letter must be signed by an M.D. or D.O. and it must be on the doctor’s letterhead. It must say exactly this: “This medical certificate attests that (student’s full name) does not suffer from any illness that would pose a threat to public health following International Health Regulations of 2005.”
- FBI Background Check (original and one copy) Your FBI background check must be translated into Spanish and legalized. If you have lived outside the U.S. during the last five years, you must also submit background checks (translated and legalized) from the countries where you have lived.
Step 2: Get Your Documents Notarized, Translated and/or Legalized
Getting a Document Notarized
To get a document notarized, the person signing the document must sign it in front of a notary public. The notary then adds their stamp/seal to the document. You can find a notary at many banks, law/insurance offices, and UPS stores.
Getting a Document Translated
Translations must be from a legal translator. Many students have used Southeast Spanish to get their translation and apostille.
Getting a Document Legalized (Apostille of the Hague)
If your document(s) need to be legalized, it must be done in the place it was issued (signed and/or notarized). Legalizing documents issued in the U.S. Federally-issued documents, for example an FBI background check, must be legalized by the U.S. Department of State. See Apostille Requirements for more information. Many students have used Southeast Spanish to get their translation and apostille. Legalizing documents issued outside the U.S. If your document was issued in a country that belongs to the Apostille of the Hague Convention, it must be legalized with an Apostille, in the country in which it was issued. Review the list of countries for instructions on how to get an Apostille in each country. If your document was issued in a country that does not belong to the Apostille of the Hague Convention, it must be legalized by a Spanish consulate or embassy.
Step 3: Submit Your Visa Application
Step 4: Wait for Your Visa
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.
Step 1: Find Your Consulate
Step 2: Confirm the Application Process for Your Consulate
Step 3: Prepare Your Visa Application Documents
Step 4: Submit Your Visa Application
- Remember, you will be asked to leave your passport at the consulate, along with the rest of your documents, while your visa is being processed.
- Be prepared to pay the visa fee. Only certain forms of payment will be accepted (see Step 3).
- Before you leave the consulate, ask how long it will take to process your visa, how you will know when it is ready, and how you can pick it up. (Most consulates do not require another appointment and will allow you to pick it up during their business hours.) Some consulates will mail your passport back you (if you provide a prepaid envelope). Each consulate has a different process, and you must confirm with them in advance.
Step 5: Get Your Visa
Entering Spain (or any country in Schengen Area)
Get Your Passport Stamped
Once in Spain
Get Your Student Residency Card