This article explains what you should do if you are an international (non EU) student travelling outside the UK.

Travelling inside the EU – Schengen Visa

If you are travelling inside the EU, you may need to apply for a Schengen Visa. The Schengen Visa Scheme means visitors only need to apply for one visa to travel to any of the 26 participating European countries in one trip.

To apply for a Schengen visa, you will need to:

  • Book an appointment with the relevant consulate to the country you are visiting - for example, if you are visiting France, you would need to book this with the French consulate/embassy.

Please note that if you are visiting more than one country, book the appointment for the country you are spending the longest duration in. If you’re visiting each country for the same duration, book your appointment for the first destination.

You will need to take this letter with you to your embassy appointment. This letter will take 24 hours to produce. Most embassies will also ask you to provide a travel itinerary and proof of funds.

 

Visas for the US and non-Schengen destinations

We recommend that you check the embassy website for the country you wish to travel to, to find out whether you need to obtain a visa.

  • Book an appointment with the relevant consulate to the country you are visiting
  • Request a Schengen and Holiday Letter from the International Office. This letter will take 24 hours to produce. Most embassies will also ask you to provide a travel itinerary and proof of funds.
  • Once your visa letter has been produced, you need to take it to your embassy appointment. Most embassies will also require you to supply travel itinerary and proof of funds.

For more information, please refer to the required embassy website.

Travel advice

The University recommends following these top tips:

  • Take a photocopy of your passport and visa page and keep them separate from the originals.
  • Save them in an online storage site (e.g. Hotmail, Yahoo) or a USB stick to have access to them abroad.
  • Get travel insurance (even if it’s a short trip). Ensure that your travel insurance includes medical cover.
  • Make sure you know the address, telephone number and opening times of your embassy in the country you are going to.
  • Give your travel details and an emergency telephone number to your family and friends.
  • Make sure you have extra money in case of emergencies.

For further travel information, or advice on travel insurance, please speak to the International Student Advisers.


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