A Temporary Permit of Stay
A visa is a stamp, seal, page, or electronic document that consulate or embassy officials of another country affix or link to your passport. This document allows you to enter that country under a particular status (i.e. student or tourist) and remain for a period of time. Most, if not all, Education Abroad programs with a duration longer than ninety (90) days will require a visa.
Visas and passports are different documents. You must secure your passport first before you may apply for a visa for a given country.
Your Personal Responsibility
It is your responsibility to obtain a valid passport and visa to participate on your Education Abroad program. If you withdraw or do not participate in your program as a result of your failure to hold a valid passport and visa, Education Abroad will not refund any of your Program Fees. Please note that all information listed here, as with any information related to visas and associated fees, are subject to change without notice.
Education Abroad highly recommends that you avoid international travel in the months leading up to your program start date, as that travel may interfere with your ability to obtain a visa in time and participate on your program.You may need to surrender your passport for a given period of time to receive your visa; as a result, you may not be able to travel abroad during that period. If you have planned international travel between the time you receive an acceptance from Education Abroad and your program start date, you must contact your Education Abroad advisor immediately for further instructions on how to obtain a visa for your program.
Your passport must be valid for (in other words, must not expire) at least six months after your intended program end date in the host country. Immigration officials reserve the right to deny entry to any traveler that does not possess a valid travel document. It is your responsibility to determine if your current passport is valid for six months beyond the end date for your program. Please be sure to check the date of expiration on your passport and, if necessary, renew your passport as soon as possible so you do not experience delays or problems when applying for a visa.
Visa Resources and Support
Education Abroad can help provide basic guidance for you regarding your visa. That said, as visa regulations change quickly–and vary from country to country, student to student–we recommend that you work with an establish visa support provider for the most accurate and efficient assistance. If you would like such support in obtaining your visa, you are welcome to work with one of the following visa providers (or any other provider of your choosing):
For more information about visas for travel abroad to any country, or information on how to contact a specific embassy or consulate, please consult the U.S. Department of State website. If you are an international student, or otherwise hold a passport from another country than the United States, you may contact your country’s embassy or consulate for more information.
UConn Program Batch Process Support
For those students who are traveling to Italy, South Africa, or Spain on a UConn Program, you may need to obtain your visa through a batch process, as you may be part of a large group of travelers. Staff from The Visa Machine will visit campus after each program deadline to provide optional assistance with this process. Education Abroad will provide further details about times and locations for visa advising via email.
Although the batch application process through The Visa Machine is not required, you may find it difficult to navigate the visa process on your own otherwise. Again, it is ultimately your responsibility to obtain your visa by whatever means you are most comfortable.