France, Spain & UK Visa FAQs

Students studying in France for more than 90 days must apply to Campus France 60-90 days prior to departure.  If you do not apply for Campus France 60-90 days prior to your departure, you may have difficulties securing a visa by the time you depart.

Students studying in Spain for more than 90 days must apply for a visa to enter Spain. Students should apply for a visa for Spain a minimum of 8 weeks prior to departure.  The Spanish Consulate will accept applications up to 120 days prior to departure.  Students should aim to apply for their visa for Spain between 90-120 days prior to departure.  

The Spanish Consulate requires students who are studying in Spain for more than 6 months to obtain an FBI background check.  FBI background checks can take up to 8-12 weeks for processing, even though the FBI has indicated that the process generally takes 2 weeks.  Students who are applying to study in Spain for the academic year (or for more than 6 months) should begin the FBI background check 5-6 months prior to departure. If fingerprints are needed for an FBI background check, these can be taken at the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, located at 12220 Fillmore Street, West Olive, MI 49460.

Students intending to study in the UK for a maximum of 6 months, who do not wish to work during their stay, can seek entry to the UK on arrival, as a student visitor, without prior entry clearance (visa). Students who plan to study in the UK for more than 6 months must apply for a Tier 4 Student Visa. Students who intend to partake in paid or unpaid employment or internships should carefully read the UK visa requirements for additional information.

The visa processing usually takes 6-12 weeks.  No applications are taken more than 90 days prior to start date. 

Page last modified October 19, 2015