Most of the Suffolk University study abroad programs will 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 is your responsibility as a student to obtain your visa. The study abroad office and your specific study abroad program can provide some basic visa advice to you, but we cannot apply for the visa for you nor contact the consulate on your behalf.
- Check the website. After you are accepted to your study abroad program you should visit the website of the nearest consulate of the country where you plan to study. Be sure to pay attention to which documents are required for your visa application and their 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, however a good guideline is to make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your program 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 due to missing or incorrect documentation. Always be courteous and respectful of the consular officers.
- Don't procrastinate. Do not wait for the last minute in order to apply for your visa. Processing times vary by country and some require an application no later than 120 days prior to 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.