If you are not from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland and want to travel to Europe you may need to apply for a Schengen visa.
Please check the latest travel advice
If you are planning to travel, please check the latest FCDO advice when making your plans and again immediately before you travel.
Some countries may require you to quarantine on your arrival and you should factor this into your plans. If you are required to quarantine and are planning to stay in shared accommodation, please talk to your accommodation provider prior to your arrival.
The Student Enquiries Centre Team are able to produce Schengen Visa Letters for students who wish to travel abroad for field trips and tourism.
To request a letter, please log into askUCL and log an enquiry under the category 'Schegen Visa'. You will be asked to provide additional information about your planned travel as well as to confirm that you have read and understood the FCDO guidance and knowingly take responsibility for any costs incurred due to changes in guidance.
The Schengen Visa Scheme allows students to visit all of the participating countries in the Schengen area using just one visa. These countries are:
N.B. The UK and Republic of Ireland are NOT part of the Schengen space.
Not all nationalities need to apply for a Schengen visas to enter the Schengen area. To find out whether you need a Schengen visa please check the EU immigration website.
Where to apply
- If you are intending to travel to only one Schengen country, you will need to apply for a visa at the embassy of that country.
- If you intend to visit multiple Schengen countries, you need to apply for a visa at the embassy of the main destination country (i.e. where you will be spending the most nights).
- If you are applying for a Schengen visa to travel to multiple countries and do not have a main destination, you will need to apply to the embassy of the country you are visiting first.
How to apply
Visa fees, eligibility criteria and documentation required vary according to which type of Schengen visa you need and the country you are applying to. You should check the website of the relevant embassy before making your application. Applications should be made as early as possible, in case there are any unexpected delays in processing the application.
What you need in order to apply
A passport with at least two empty pages. The passport should have been issued within the last 10 years. The passport must be valid for at least 3 months beyond the date on which you intend to leave the Schengen territory, or, in the case of multiple journeys, the date on which you intend to leave after the last stay.
- A visa application form completed and signed.
- A recent identity photograph conforming to ICAO standards.
- In the countries where the Visa Information System is operational your fingerprints will be collected when you submit your application (exemptions exist for specific categories of applicants).
- A visa fee to be paid when you submit your application
- A service fee to be paid if you are requested to submit your application at the offices of a service provider.
- Travel medical insurance covering emergency medical, hospitalisation and repatriation (including in the case of death). The minimum cover should be of 30,000EUR. This insurance musst be valid for the entire Schengen area and throughout the duration of your stay.
- Proof of purpose of the visit - Invitation letters from friends/conference. Reservations for accommodation or tours may need to be shown.
- Evidence of current UK immigration permission - Most Schengen countries insist that your immigration permission to be in the UK should last for at least 3 months after you return from your trip.
- Evidence of sufficient funds - You have to show that you can support yourself during your stay. Evidence confirming this can be recent bank statements, and credit card statements showing the current credit limit.
Evidence of student status - You can obtain a Schengen Visa letter from the Student Enquires Centre at UCL confirming that you are enrolled and attending a programme of study. To request a letter, please log into askUCL and log an enquiry under the category 'Schegen Visa'. You will be asked to provide additional information about your planned travel as well as to confirm that you have read and understood the FCDO guidance and knowingly take responsibility for any costs incurred due to changes in guidance.
If you have finished your studies, or are intending to travel after your studies have finished, you will not require a Schengen visa letter. The Student Centre will not issue you a Schengen visa letter if you have finished your studies.
- Application processing times will vary depending upon which embassy you are applying to. Applicants are advised to leave plenty of time (two or three months) before they plan to travel.
- Take a copy of the application form and any additional documents that you send, for your own records.
For further guidance on frequently asked questions, you can refer to the European Commission's FAQ's.