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Countries requiring a visa are listed below. If the country of your program is not listed, a visa is not required for U.S. citizens. If you are an Independent Study participant or an Independent Intern please check the U.S Department of State Website to see if a visa is required. If you are a non- U.S. Citizen, please contact the appropriate consulate. If your country is listed, please read the General Information and your Site Specific Information. If you are unsure if a visa is required to participate in a program or if you have any questions, please contact the Immigration and Passport Agent, Tina Brooks.

Visa Information for all FSU IP Participants

U.S. Citizens requiring visas to participate on a program will receive guidelines and assistance from International Programs. If the country of your program is not listed below, a visa is not required for U. S. Citizens (Independent Study, Independent Internships and Non-U.S. Students need to check if a visa is required). The receipt of a visa is a privilege, not a right. Each foreign country has the right to establish its own parameters for the granting of a visa, and as an American requesting permission to enter that foreign country, you must abide by all of its requirements. IP cannot guarantee receipt of an entry visa. Immigration laws, visa requirements, and application processes vary depending on location but below are some general immigration guidelines that we ask all participants requiring a visa to follow.

  • Students planning on traveling before or after the program dates are responsible for making their own entry arrangements. It is imperative that you discuss any extended travel plans with the IP Immigration Officer, Tina Brooks, as certain countries restrict entry to dates specific to the program.
  • A visa is a seal that is affixed inside of the passport. Most students (except Panama program participants) will be required to either submit their original passport to the appropriate consulate or to International Programs in order for the visa to be processed. The passport is submitted well in advance of the program start date and may impact international travel. If you have international travel plans before the program, please contact the IP Immigration Officer, Tina Brooks.
  • Changes in immigration regulations change frequently which may affect program structure, dates, and fees.
  • Students who fail to comply with IP or host country visa processes may incur financial penalties, delayed arrivals or cancellations.
  • Students may be required to make a personal appearance at the appropriate consulate to obtain a visa.
  • Students choosing to obtain a visa independently must notify International Programs of this intention and must be aware that failure to obtain the proper entry or student visa may not release you from responsibility of the full program fees.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to purchase travel insurance which covers failure to obtain a visa. Further information is available on the Travel Insurance Review website.
  • Students under the age of 18 will be required to provide additional documentation which may include a certified copy of their birth certificate and notarized permission to travel by their parents or legal guardians. More information will be provided in the visa packet.
  • U.S. citizens living abroad- must contact the appropriate consulate for the steps to obtain necessary visas.

*For additional assistance, please contact our Passports and Immigration Officer, Tina Brooks.

Non-US Citizens

Although International Programs provides guidelines regarding the student visa process for U.S. citizens; non-U.S. citizens are advised to contact the appropriate consulate to learn the student visa procedures governing their nationality. It is the responsibility of non-U.S. citizens to contact our office if any information must be provided by International Programs in order for you to obtain your student visa. Any non-U.S. Citizen must contact our Passports and Immigration officer, Tina Brooks.

Specific Visa Requirements by Country

Specific visa requirements can be found below, listed by County. If the country of your program is not listed, a visa is not required for U.S. Citizens (Independent study, Independent Internships and Non-U.S. Students need to check to see if a visa is required). Visa Packets will also be linked below according to program. Visa Packets are instructions on how to apply for your visa and will also be emailed to students approximately 2 months before the start of the program. Please make sure to check your emails for important immigration related emails.

China: Beijing

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Beijing for the following programs: Interns

Interns will receive assistance in obtaining the visa and will receive more information once accepted into the program. Since a visa is a seal affixed inside of a passport, your actual passport will need to be supplied for visa processing. This may impact any international travel plans during the months prior to the start of the program. All non-US citizens must contact International Programs before applying.

Passport Validity: Participants must hold a U.S. passport that is valid for 6 month after the end of the program and must contain at least 2 blank visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.

China: Shanghai

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Shanghai for the following programs: Interns

Interns will receive assistance in obtaining the visa and will receive more information once accepted into the program. Since a visa is a seal affixed inside of a passport, your actual passport will need to be supplied to International Programs in order for the visa to be processed. This may impact any international travel plans during the months prior to the start of the program. All non-US citizens must contact International Programs before applying.

Passport Validity: Participants must hold a U.S. passport that is valid for 6 month after the end of the program and must contain at least 2 blank visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.

China: Tianjin

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Tianjin, china for all programs: Summer, Fall, and Fall and Spring (2 consecutive semesters).

Students will be required to submit their passport in advance of the Tianjin Program so the visa can be affixed inside the passport. For this reason, international travel plans may be limited during the months prior to the start of the program.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Tianjin. If a visa is required, Non-U.S. Citizens must send original green cards, "H" visa or "F" visa. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For All Tianjin, China Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program. The passport must also contain at least 3 consecutive empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.
  • Students with Chinese Background: Additional documentation is necessary for applications submitted for applicants with a Chinese background. Tianjin participants will need to provide name written in Chinese Characters. Applicants born in China must supply original Chinese passport to International Programs. Applicants born in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau must supply International Programs with a photocopy of their previous passport or other legal document, such as birth certificate issued from Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau.
Spring 2015
  • No Program Offered
Summer 2015
  • Tianjin, China (Semester Students)
Fall 2015
  • No Program Offered

England: London

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to London, England for the following programs: First Year Abroad, and Interns. Please note any program under 6 months in length does not require a visa (except London interns). Anyone interested in taking 2 consecutive semesters (not already participating in the First Year Abroad Program) will be required to obtain a visa and will need to contact International Programs.

International Programs provides support and guidance for the visa application process. Students will be required to apply for their visa online through the UK Border Agency Website. All students requiring a visa will be sending their actual passport to the British Consulate for processing. Processing times take a minimum of 4 weeks. For this reason, international travel plans may be limited during the months prior to the start of the program.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in London. If a visa is required, the processing times may take longer than 4 weeks and may require additional visa support documents. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks. Non- U.S. Students are ineligible for the First Year Abroad Program.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

Passport Validity: Participants must hold a U.S. passport that is valid for 6 months after the end of the program and must contain at least 2 empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.

For First Year Abroad and Two Consecutive Semesters Abroad London Participants:

  • Visa Fee: London FYA and 2 consecutive semester participants will receive visa support but the nature of the application process requires students to apply on their own. Students will be required to apply through the UK Border Agency and send their Passports to the British Consulate. The UK Border Agency visa charge is approximately $500. This fee is not included in the London Program Fee.
  • Biometrics: One of the steps to receive the Visa will be to make an appointment for your biometrics screening (finger printing). Please note that the biometrics must be completed at a UK authorized facility and may require travel. A list of UK authorized Biometrics Facilities can be found on the USCIS website.
  • Support in the amount of $13,700: Proof of Financial support must be supplied in the form of original financial aid award letters, an original recent bank statement, or a notarized letter from the bank for an account either in the student’s or parents’ names. (The funds must be liquid and must be shown in financial aid or checking/savings. Retirement, stocks or bonds will not be accepted) You must show that you or your parents have held the required money for a consecutive 28-day period (finishing on the date of the closing balance) ending no more than one month before your application. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.

For London Intern Participants:

  • Visa Fee: London Intern participants will receive visa support but the nature of the application process requires students to apply on their own. Students will be required to apply through BUNAC and the UK Border Agency and send their Passports to the British Consulate. The cost to apply and obtain entry clearance is about $1,140. In addition, given the short window from your placement to the start of the program, you will most likely need to expedite the visa. Expediting is an additional $170. Please assume you will need to expedite and budget appropriately. Visa fees are not included in the London Intern Program Fee.
  • Biometrics: One of the steps to receive the Visa will be to make an appointment for your biometrics screening (finger printing). Please note that the biometrics must be completed at a UK authorized facility and may require travel. A list of UK authorized Biometrics Facilities can be found on the USCIS website.
  • Financial Support: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of a recent back statement showing proof of sufficient funds, at least $2,500. This can be provided from the student or parent. More information provided in Visa Packet.
Spring 2015
  • London, England (Interns)
Summer 2015
  • London, England (Interns)
Fall 2015
  • London, England (First Year Abroad)
  • London, England (Interns)

Italy: Florence

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Florence for the following programs: Fall, Spring, First Semester Abroad, First Year Abroad and Interns. Please note any program under 90 days in length does not require a visa.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Florence. If a visa is required, the application will be handled in the same manner for non-US citizens as for US citizens. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks. Non- U.S. Students are ineligible for the First Year Abroad Program.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For all Florence Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. The passport must also contain at least 2 blank visa pages. The last 3 pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.

For Spring, Fall, First Semester or Interns:

  • Financial Support in the amount of $4,500: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of original financial aid award letters, an original recent bank statement, or a notarized letter from the bank from an account either in the student’s and parents’ names. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.

For First Year Abroad Student ONLY:

  • Financial Support in the amount of $14,000: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of original financial aid award letters, an original recent bank statement, or a notarized letter from the bank from an account either in the student’s and parents’ names. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.
Spring 2015
  • Florence, Italy (Semester Students, Interns)
Summer 2015
  • No Visa Required *Non- U.S. Students please call International Programs
Fall 2015
  • Florence, Italy (First Year Abroad)
  • Florence, Italy (Semester Students, Interns and First Semester Abroad)

Republic of Panama: Panama City

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Panama City, Republic of Panama for the following programs: Fall, Spring, Summer, First Semester Abroad, First Year Abroad and Interns.

International Programs provides support and guidance for the visa application process. Panama participants will not be required to hand in their passport before the program since the application for a visa is completed after arrival in Panama. Even though the visa is applied for in country, visa documents are required to be turned in to International Programs prior to the start of the program.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Panama. If a visa is required, the application will be handled in the same manner for non-US citizens as for US citizens. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks. Non- U.S. Students are ineligible for the First Year Abroad Program.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For all Panama Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program. The passport must also contain at least 2 empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.
  • Local Police Background Check and State Apostille Certification: A local notarized criminal background check will be required with State Apostille Certification. Apostille requirements differ according to state but are usually quick with processing (2-14 business days) and inexpensive ($3-$25). More information will be provided in Visa Packet.
Spring 2015
  • Panama City, Panama (Semester Students. Interns and Calendar Year Abroad)
Summer 2015
  • Panama City, Panama (Semester Students and Interns)
Fall 2015
  • Panama City, Panama (Semester Students and Calendar Year Abroad)

Russian: Moscow

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Moscow, Russia for the following programs: Summer. Please note any Russian program, for any length of time requires a visa for U.S. Citizens.

International Programs provides support and guidance for the visa application process. Students will be required to submit their passport in advance of the Moscow Program so the visa can be affixed inside the passport. For this reason, international travel plans may be limited during the months prior to the start of the program.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Moscow. Non-U.S. citizens must provide a copy of their U.S. Resident Alien Card (also known as "Green Card"), or a copy of their valid U.S. visa. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For All Moscow, Russia Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 18 months beyond the end of the program. The passport must also contain at least 2 empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.
  • HIV Test Results: Recent HIV test results is required in order to receive a Russian visa. This fee is not included in program fees, approximately $25. You may choose for the results to remain confidential when submitting to International Programs.
Spring 2015
  • No Program Offered for Spring
Summer 2014
  • Moscow, Russia (Semester Students)
Fall 2015
  • No Program Offered for Fall

Spain: Valencia

A Visa is required for US Citizens going to Valencia, Spain for the following programs: Fall, Spring, First Semester Abroad, First Year Abroad and Interns. Please note any program under 90 days in length does not require a visa.

International Programs provides support and guidance for the visa application process. Students will be required to submit their passport in advance of the Valencia Program so the visa can be affixed inside the passport. For this reason, international travel plans may be limited during the months prior to the start of the program. Additional Visa documentation will be required for participants under the age of 18.

Non US Citizens: It is the responsibility of the NON-US Citizen to check with their local consulate to see if a visa is required in order to study abroad in Valencia. If a visa is required, the application will be handled in the same manner for non-US citizens as for US citizens. If you are a non-US citizen, please contact Tina Brooks. Non- U.S. Students are ineligible for the First Year Abroad Program.

Full visa requirements and instructions will be provided in the “Visa Packets” linked below. Your visa packet may be in the process of being updated and may not yet be linked. All visa packets will be emailed when updated. Please take note of the following important visa requirements:

For all Valencia Participants:

  • Passport: A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program. The passport must also contain at least 2 empty visa pages. The last three pages of the passport do not count as visa pages.

For Spring, Fall, First Semester or Interns:

  • Financial Support in the amount of $2,000: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of original financial aid award letters, an original recent bank statement, or a notarized letter from the bank from an account either in the student’s and parents’ names. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.

For First Year Abroad Student ONLY:

All students participating on the year-long Spain program will require a background check with apostille certification as part of their visa application to the Spanish Consulate. The type of background check the student obtains depends on if the student is a Florida or non-Florida resident.

  • If you currently hold Florida residency, you will need to obtain your background check with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and your Apostille with the Florida Department of State. The background check and apostille process is about 15 business days. It is very important that for FYA 2015-2016 (Program start date of August 27th 2015) participants to start the background check no earlier than April 19th 2015 and not later than May 29th. The instructions for the Florida background check can be found at the following link:
  • If you do not hold Florida residency, you will be required to obtain an FBI background check with an apostille certification with the US Department of State. The processing for the background check and apostille, in total, is up to 9 weeks and very important you follow the submission window. More information can be found at the following link:
  • Please note, the background check and apostille is only a portion of your visa requirements. A Spain visa packet with your visa application and a list of support documents will be sent out via email and linked below when updated.
  • Financial Support in the amount of $6000: Proof of financial support must be supplied in the form of financial aid award letters or a recent bank statement from the student or their parents/ legal guardians. More information will be supplied in the visa packet.
Spring 2015
  • Valencia, Spain (Semester Students, Interns)
  • Valencia, Spain (Calendar Year Abroad)
Summer 2015
  • No Visa Required *Non- U.S. Students please call International Programs
Fall 2015
  • Valencia, Spain (First Year Abroad)
  • Valencia, Spain (Semester Students, Interns and First Semester Abroad)

Turkey: Istanbul

The process to obtain a Visa is an easy online process and will cost around $20. This price is subject to change and a different fee may be charged according to country of citizenship. You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the return from Turkey. You will receive an email to indicate when and how the application should be completed. Please monitor your email account for important information regarding immigration.

Summer 2015
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