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Current Visa Information Posted:  Fall 2017 Semester & Exchange Programs; Short-Term Programs (Spring - traveling in May 2017 & Summer 2017)

Semester Programs Visa Application Deadline: April 18-21, 2017

Short-Term Programs: Determine whether you need a Visa by March 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.    

Taking initiative on the visa application process is such an important step in preparing for your study abroad semester that the Office of Global Studies has created a flier with tips on how to start your visa application – It’s Visa Time!

Bonus! Students who complete their visa applications and all other pre-departure requirements between April 18 and April 19, 2017 will be entered into a raffle. There will be one grand prize winner for each visa application country (Italy, France, and Spain).

U.S. President Trump's administration is focused on changing U.S. immigration laws. OGS is monitoring these changes. Any non-U.S. citizen students with related questions should consult with the Office of International Student and Scholar Services and OGS. 


Program Key:

Semester Programs
Refers to the following Fall 2017 Semester Programs:

  • Discover Italy: Rome
  • Discover France: Paris
  • Discover France: Biology & Chemistry
    • Please note: the Discover France: Biology and Chemistry program is not yet confirmed to run, an update will be provided here once minimum enrollment is met. Encourage your friends to confirm!
  • Discover Spain: Psychology
    • Please note: the Discover Spain: Psychology program is not yet confirmed to run, an update will be provided here once minimum enrollment is met. Encourage your friends to confirm!
  • Discover the World: Europe
  • Discover the World: History
    • Please note: the Discover the World: History program is not yet confirmed to run, an update will be provided here once minimum enrollment is met. Encourage your friends to confirm!
  • 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 Spring, Summer and Fall 2017:

  • Global Passport Program (Spring 2017 program)
  • Ethics in a Global Perspective (Johannesburg & Cape Town, South Africa) (Spring 2017 program)
  • Italian Hospitality: Boot-Camp Style (Rome & Perugia, Italy) (Spring 2017 program)
  • Modern Greek and International Management: Modern Greek Level I students only (Athens, Greece) (Spring 2017 program)
  • All Summer Pre-Session, Summer Session I, and Summer Session II 2017 programs
    • Please note: the Summer programs are not yet confirmed to run, you will receive an email from OGS once minimum enrollment is met (no later than one week after the confirmation deadline). Encourage your friends to confirm!
  • Discover Italy: Pharmacy Sixth Year Program (Fall 2017 program)
    • Please note: the Discover Italy: Pharmacy Sixth Year program is not yet confirmed to run, an update will be provided here once minimum enrollment is met. Encourage your friends to confirm!

Semester Programs

Important Notes:

  • A Visa is required 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.
  • Students who complete their Visa applications and all other pre-departure requirements between April 18 and April 19, 2017 will be entered into a raffle.  There will be one grand prize winner per country of Visa application (Italy, France and Spain).

OGS Group Visa Application Process

How it works
As long as you are eligible for the OGS Group Visa Application Process, and submit the completed Visa application along with the required supporting documents at one of the Office of Global Studies Required Document Submission Sessions (from April 18-21, 2017), OGS will submit your Visa application to the Consulate for you.  There are many benefits:

  • Save time by having OGS submit your Visa application to the Consulate on your behalf (you will not have to make two trips to Manhattan to apply for/pickup your Visa); and
  • Save money (you will not have to pay the Visa application fee, which ranges from approximately $60 to $240).

Eligibility for the OGS Group Visa Application Process

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

All students who are eligible to participate in the OGS Group Visa Application process are required to do so.

To begin, click your starting country below and read the instructions carefully!  If you do not secure a Visa, for any reason, you cannot go on the study abroad program. 

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

Discover the World (DTW): Europe and History

  • All Discover the World students must apply for their Visas through the New York City Consulate of the appropriate country.
  • DTW: Europe students will be obtaining a Visa from the country where you will start your program, so you will need to wait until you receive your rotation assignment to begin preparing your Visa application and collecting the required documents. 
  • DTW: History students will all be placed in the Seville-Paris-Rome rotation, and therefore need to apply for a Spanish Visa.

Important Note about International Travel Prior to Studying Abroad:  Due to the processing time of the Consulates, students who participate in the OGS Group Visa Application Process will most likely have their Passports with affixed Visas returned in August 2017 prior to the Semester program departure dates. Students participating in the OGS Group Visa Application Process should not plan any travel outside the U.S. over the summer between April 18, 2017 and August 2017 – because you will not have access to your Passport during this time.

Exceptions: Independent Visa Application Process

Non- U.S. Citizens: The Italian Consulate in NYC does not permit OGS to submit Visa applications for non-U.S. Citizens.  Therefore, all non-U.S. Citizens who need to apply for an Italian visa will need to apply independently.

For all Semester Programs:  If you have extenuating circumstances that you believe will prevent you from participating in the OGS Group Visa Application Process.  You will need to discuss this with OGS prior to April 12, 2017.  For example, if you will need your Passport to travel outside the U.S. between April 18, 2017 and August 2017, you will likely need to apply for your Visa independently. 

Semester Program participants who plan to apply independently for their Visas should consult the Independent Visa Application Guide.  

You still need to participate in a Required Document Submission Session for OGS to review your Visa Application, and to provide OGS with your Consulate appointment date during that Required Document Submission Session.  There are additional steps and requirements you will need to take into consideration - including securing certain verification letters from OGS to add to your Visa application. 

Note: If you are applying for your Visa at a 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!


Short-Term Programs

Determine Whether You Need a Visa by March 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 Independent Visa Application Guide

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 SJU graduation).  


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 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.