Austria Visa Guidelines

The Padnos International Center (PIC) provides the general information below as a service to GVSU students. We strive to maintain accurate information regarding visa procedures, however, changes to policies and procedures may occur frequently without our knowledge. Students are responsible for obtaining the appropriate visa for their program and must consult the consulate for the most up to date information on application procedures.

Please look over the visa information carefully and do not delay, as visa procedures are time sensitive.


Do I need a visa?

All students who will study in Austria for a semester or longer are required to apply for a student visa

Processing Time and Visa Appointment

Students will be required to apply for their visa in person in New York City. The consulate does usually arrange "Consular Days" in Chicago for a day or two every semester. Students are encouraged to research well in advance these important dates and make an appointment. Appointments in Chicago are very limited. If you are not able to get into one of the "Consular Days," you will be required to travel to New York for your visa. The dates for the current semester will be available on the consulate’s website.

Visa processing will take up to 5 weeks from the date of your interview. Students are encouraged to visit the consulate at least 5 weeks prior to departure to ensure enough time for visa processing. Applications cannot be submitted more than 90 days prior to departure.

Collecting the documents required for your visa appointment may take a couple of weeks. You will need to plan accordingly.

Application Instructions

Austrian Consulate in New York General Visa Information 

Students who will study in Austria for one semester will apply for Visa D. This is a link to a resource with more comprehensive visa information not found on the New York consulate's website

The Embassy of Austria in Washington DC also has more comprehensive information, however, students are reminded to always check the New York consulate for procedures since they hold jurisdiction over Michigan. In addition, consult for detailed information on how to apply for an Austrian Visa.

Estimated Cost

Visa fee of $177 (visit this page for updated fee information)

Nearest Consulate or Embassy

Austrian Consulate General
31 East 69th Street
New York, NY 10021

Contact Information


Fax:+1 (212) 585 1992

Additional Information

If you are studying abroad for more than 6 months in Austria, you will need to apply for a Residence Permit which has a different application process and additional required documents. Please refer to the websites provided above for more information.