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The information below is for Summer and Fall 2016 program participants!

Semester Programs Visa Application Deadline: April 18-22, 2016

Semester Programs refers to the following Fall 2016 semester programs: Discover Italy: Rome Semester (including Ozanam Scholars), Discover France: Paris Semester, Discover France: Biology and Chemistry, Discover Spain: Seville, Discover Spain: Psychology, Discover the World: Europe, Discover the World: History. (Note: Semester Programs does not include the Exchange Program)

You will need a visa to study abroad on a St. John's University Office of Global Studies 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.

OGS Group Visa Process

The good news is, as long as you're eligible for the OGS group visa process, and submit all of your visa application documents to the Office of Global Studies by the deadline, we can apply on your behalf and return your passport with the visa affixed when ready! This means that instead of making an appointment and going to the Consulate yourself to submit your application and then pick up the visa, you'll simply submit the completed application along with the required supporting documents at one of the Office of Global Studies Required Document Submission Sessions (from April 18-22, 2016).  

Please click your starting country below and read the instructions carefully! If you do not get a visa, for any reason, you cannot go on the study abroad program. Discover the World students: you will be obtaining a visa from the first country of your program, so you will need to wait until you’ve received your rotation assignment to begin preparing your visa application and collecting the required documents. 

Eligibility for the OGS Group Visa Process

  • Italy:  Only U.S. citizens are eligible for the OGS group visa process.
  • France:  U.S. & Non-U.S. citizens are eligible for the OGS group visa process. (*Note: Non U.S. Citizens will need to accompany an OGS Administrator to the French Consulate to submit their visa applications in early June for a special international student visa appointment.)
  • Spain:  U.S. & Non-U.S. citizens are eligible for the OGS group visa process.

All Discover the World students (except for non-U.S. citizens starting in Rome) will need to apply for visas through the Office of Global Studies Group Visa Process – and we recommend other Semester program participants do too!  

Please visit the Passport & Visa FAQ if you are confused about any part of the visa application process!  

Independent Visa Applications

For students who are not eligible for the OGS group visa process, we can still help! Before you get started, please thoroughly review our Independent Visa Application Guide. If you have any questions after that, let us know! You are also welcome to bring your completed application and supporting documents to one of the Required Document Submission Sessions, where we'll review your application. But, if you’re applying for your visa at Consulate in a different location than New York City, you will also need to research the requirements for that Consulate because each Consulate has its own set of requirements!

Please remember to schedule your visa appointment ASAP as appointment slots fill up very quickly! 

Discover the World Students must apply for their visas at the New York City Consulate of the appropriate country.

Short-Term Programs

Short-Term Programs refers to Summer Programs, Global Passport Program, Dean's/Staten Island Vice Provost Programs, and other Embedded Travel Programs. 

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 Independent Visa Application Guide.

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 Independent Visa Application Guide. 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 submit your exchange application to OGS!). 
  • Step 3:  You must start your visa application process the same week you are accepted by your host university.