Passports and Visas

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. We are hosting group visa application sessions for the rest of the semester where students will have the opportunity to learn about visa application opportunities, review their application portfolios, and submit their completed applications.

Passport Requirement

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.

Visa Requirement

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 state ID (e.g. driver's license) or proof of enrollment. 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).

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, unless you submit a notarized copy of your passport. Notarized copies are only accepted if students have international travel plans during the visa application period. If a student submits a notarized photocopy, they must be present in Boston to get their visa printed into their passport once the visa is approved.

Visa Application Deadline (through Berklee)
May 3, 2024 (for fall 2024 abroad)


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.



Entering Spain (or any country in Schengen Area)


Once in Spain