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Current Visa Information Posted:  Winter 2018 Short-Term Programs and Spring 2018 Semester Programs

Semester Programs Required Document Review Session Deadline: Two weeks prior to your independent visa appointment at the consulate. Your visa appointment must occur on or before November 17, 2017 to provide the consulate with sufficient time to process your visa prior to departure. OGS strongly encourages students to schedule their consulate appointments to occur in late October 2017. 

Short-Term Programs: Determine whether you need a Visa by October 1, 2017  

Securing your visa is your first step towards learning how to take the initiative to navigate Consulate requirements.  This is a great way to begin developing key skills and competencies that will carry with you not only during your study abroad program, but throughout your career.    

In light of recent changes to U.S. immigration law, the Office of Global Studies recommends that any non-U.S. citizen students with related questions schedule an advising appointment with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services and OGS. 


Program Key:

Semester Programs
Refers to the following Spring 2018 Semester Programs:

  • Discover Italy: Rome
  • Discover Italy: Rome Pharmacy and Health Sciences (includes the Pharmacy, Physician Assistant and Toxicology programs) (confirmed to run on October 31, 2017!)
  • Discover Italy: Rome Education (confirmed to run on October 27, 2017!)
  • Discover France: Paris
  • Discover the World: Europe
  • Discover the World: Pharmacy (confirmed to run on October 31, 2017!)
  • Note: "Semester Programs" does not include the Exchange Program. Exchange Program participants will receive additional detailed pre-departure steps and requirements after acceptance into the Exchange Program.

Short-Term Programs
Refers to the following study abroad programs traveling in January and February 2018:

  • Global Passport Program (fall 2017 course, January 2018 travel)
  • Havana, Cuba From Within (January 2018)**
  • Morocco: Field Study in Global Politics (January 2018) (confirmed to run on November 8, 2017!)
  • The Dominican Republic: Culture, Race, & Baseball (spring 2018 course, February 2018 travel)**
  • Helsinki, Finland & Stockholm, Sweden: Mass Communication in Scandinavia (spring 2018 course, February 2018 travel) (confirmed to run on November 3, 2017!)
  • Dean's International Opportunities Programs (spring 2018 courses, January 2018 travel) (College of Professional Studies & College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences programs confirmed to run on October 13, 2017; St. John's College program confirmed to run on October 20, 2017!)
  • College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Global Rotations: (1) Antigua, Guatemala, September 16-24, 2017; and (2) Nueva Santa Rosa, Guatemala, October 20-28, 2017

** These programs are not yet confirmed to run. The Office of Global Studies will email all confirmed students once minimum enrollment is met and the programs are confirmed to run. Encourage your friends to confirm!


Short-Term Programs

Determine Whether You Need a Visa by October 1, 2017

For most Short-Term Programs, a Visa is not required for U.S. citizens – however, it is your responsibility to find out if you need a visa based on the country you’re traveling to and your country of citizenship. Information on visa or entry requirements for each program will be posted on your program’s information page. 

Visas are almost always required for non-U.S. citizens. 
Visa appointments are hard to secure and visa processing can take several weeks, you must request and secure a visa appointment at the appropriate consulate at least 90 days prior to your departure date.   Again, before you get started, please thoroughly review our Visa FAQ. 

Note: non-U.S. citizens will also need Proof of Legal Residence in the United States to re-enter the U.S. at the end of the program: for permanent residents, a Green Card (valid until at least 6 months after the program end date); for international students, a U.S. visa (valid until at least 6 months after the program end date) and a Form I-20 signed by ISSO prior to departure (valid through date of St. John's graduation).  


Paris & Rome Semester Programs

  • A visa is required to study abroad on a Paris or Rome Semester Program.
  • If you are a European Union citizen, other regulations apply, and you must contact the Office of Global Studies to learn how to comply.

Discover the World: Europe & Pharmacy Programs

  • Although a visa is not required for U.S. citizens to participate in the Discover the World program, there are important travel regulations we would like to bring to your attention.  U.S. citizens may only spend 89 or fewer days in the Schengen territory within a 180 day period.  Please refer to your rotation assignment email for the dates of your specific rotation, and the number of additional days you may be in the Schengen territory.  Please note that Ireland is not in the Schengen territory.  It is your responsibility to closely monitor the days that you spend in the Schengen territory – a useful tool to help with this is the European Commission’s Schengen calculator.  Please keep in mind that it is often challenging to secure a visa stamp when traveling within Europe, therefore you should retain proof of all plane tickets and hotel reservations as proof of the days that you are outside of the Schengen territory.  Any partial day that you spend in the Schengen territory, even on a layover in an airport, is counted as part of your 89 day limit. You should also review the United States and Schengen Borders Agreement available from the U.S. Department of State.
  • Most students who are not U.S. citizens will need to secure both a French and an Irish visa to study abroad on the Discover the World: Europe or Pharmacy program. Please contact globalstudies@stjohns.edu before October 16, 2017 to discuss your next steps.
    • Note: non-U.S. citizens will also need Proof of Legal Residence in the United States to re-enter the U.S. at the end of the program: for permanent residents, a Green Card (valid until at least 6 months after the program end date); for international students, a U.S. visa (valid until at least 6 months after the program end date) and a Form I-20 signed by ISSO prior to departure (valid through date of St. John's graduation). 
    • Travel for non-U.S. citizens in the Schengen territory and Ireland is dependent upon your country of citizenship.  OGS will be in touch directly with all non-U.S. citizen students to discuss their individual situations by Monday, November 13. 

Visa Application Process

How it works

All students will be responsible for submitting their visa applications directly to the appropriate consulate in NYC. Please remember to schedule your visa appointment ASAP as appointment slots fill up very quickly! Your visa appointment must occur on or before November 17, 2017 to provide the consulate with sufficient time to process your visa and return your passport with affixed visa prior to departure.  However, OGS strongly encourages students to schedule their consulate appointment in late October 2017.

To begin, click your country of visa application below and read the instructions carefully!  If you do not secure the required visa(s), for any reason, you will be unable to participate in the study abroad program. 

Important Note about International Travel Prior to Studying Abroad: Due to the processing time of the consulates, students applying for a visa will most likely have their passports with affixed visas returned 2 to 6 weeks after your scheduled appointment with the consulate in New York. Students wishing to study abroad on a spring 2018 semester program should not plan any travel outside New York from October 15, 2017 through early January, 2018 – because you likely will not have access to your passport during this time.

If you are a U.S. citizen, and have already booked international travel, you may be able to apply for a second U.S. passport for this trip. Here are instructions on how to apply for a second U.S. passport. If you would like to apply for a second U.S. passport you must contact globalstudies@stjohns.edu to discuss this option prior to October 20, 2017. 

All students need to participate in a Required Document Review Session for OGS to review your visa application and to receive the verification letters required as part of your visa application documents.  An OGS advisor will also review your Pre-Departure Requirements (online forms, Blackboard, and Cultural Mentorship Program) during this session. 


Exchange Programs

A visa is required for all exchange programs, unless you are a citizen of the country/region in which you are studying.  OGS will guide you through the visa preparation process.  You should start by visiting the website of your destination country's consulate.  If you have any questions, you can meet with a member of our staff for assistance.  Once you are accepted by your host university, they will further assist you through the visa application process.  To start:

  • Step 1:  Thoroughly review our Visa FAQ. Visa appointments are hard to secure, and visa processing can take several weeks.
  • Step 2:  You must request and secure a visa appointment at the appropriate Consulate at least 90 days prior to your departure date (even if this is before you are accepted by the Host University!). 
  • Step 3:  You must start your visa application process the same week you are accepted by your host university.