Most Suffolk University study abroad programs require you to obtain a student visa prior to your departure. Visa regulations vary by country and by each student's country of citizenship. Here are some things to keep in mind when applying for a visa:
- Be proactive. It's your responsibility to obtain your student visa. The study abroad office and your specific study abroad program can provide some basic visa advice to you, but we can't apply for the visa for you or contact the consulate on your behalf.
- Check the website. After you are accepted to your study abroad program, visit the website of the nearest consulate of the country where you plan to study. Pay attention to which documents are required for your visa application and the consulate's estimate of how long it will take to process the visa.
- Make sure you have a valid passport. Most countries require that your passport be valid for a certain period of time after the end date of your program. Check the consulate's website to be sure. Also, a good guideline is to make sure your passport is valid for six months after your program's end date.
- Pay attention to details! Consulates reserve the right to deny an application. To better your chances of obtaining your visa, pay careful attention to the list of required documents and follow any directions exactly as they are stated. The most common reason for a denial of a visa is missing or incorrect documentation. Always be courteous and respectful to the consular officers.
- Don't procrastinate. Do not wait until the last minute to apply for your visa. Processing times vary by country, and some require an application no later than 120 days before the start of your program. There generally is no way to expedite visa processing times, so apply early. Consulates will not make exceptions to their rules.