Do I Need a Visa for IP?

The majority of the countries with IP locations require students to secure official immigration paperwork before moving there to study for 4-8 months. Which makes sense, right? You're more than a tourist but not quite a citizen. Thankfully, the process of making sure you're legally in the country is not as difficult as obtaining citizenship!

What IS a visa?!?!

Essentially it's just a sticker that is placed in your passport. BUT this magical sticker makes it so you can legally enter the country and stay for the duration of your program.

So, do I need a visa?

To determine if you need a visa for your program, find your location and term in the grid below. If the box says "YES," guess what? You need a visa! Remember that this information is only valid for U.S. passport holders. 

Chart showing visa needs for IP students

Note: Visas may also be required for Educational Field Trips or International Study Tours. The IP abroad staff will either give you instructions if you need to obtain this visa before arrival or they will assist you in obtaining the visa after arrival at your program. If you are attending a summer Faculty-Led program, it is possible that you need a visa, and we will contact you if this the case.

What if I'm not a U.S. passport holder?

The requirements may differ for you, so you should start doing research STAT. Check out the "International Students" section on this page for more information. We will also send you additional information via email, so keep an eye out for that. 

How do I get a visa?

First, attend the mandatory visa workshop for your program (see your email for the Zoom link):

Buenos Aires Fall 2021 & Academic Year 2021-22 Background Check Workshop

February 10, 2021, 8:15am - 9:30am

Buenos Aires Fall 2021 & Academic Year 2021-22* Visa Workshop

February 24, 2021, 8:15am - 9:45am

Lausanne Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-22 Preparation & Visa Workshop

March 3, 2021, 8:15am - 9:45am

Florence Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-22 Preparation & Visa Workshop

March 10, 2021, 8:15am - 9:45am

London Academic Year 2021-22 Preparation & Visa Workshop

March 17, 2021, 8:15 - 9:45am

At your visa workshop, you will receive all the instructions you need to get a visa.

If you're going abroad in spring 2022, your workshop will take place during the fall 2021 semester. We will send you all the details ahead of time.

Help! I'm so confused!

Fret not. After attending your visa workshop and reading the visa manual provided, everything should be much more clear. If not, please contact our office! We're happy to help.

What do I do with my visa once I have it?

First, celebrate! Second, follow the instructions on the IP Document Submission form to verify that your visa is valid. Then take a photo and upload it to the IP Document Submission form so that we can triple check that everything is in order. Visa copies must be submitted to our office by the following deadlines:

Summer 2021 Programs (non U.S. passport holders only): May 21, 2021

Fall 2021, Academic Year 2021-22 Programs: August 20, 2021

Spring 2022 Programs: December 17, 2021

Securing a visa is not easy, but once you're done, you'll have a fantastic feeling of accomplishment. Remember to START EARLY to avoid stress! Sadly, we can't wave a magic wand and get you a visa, but we're happy to do what we can to help!

Happy Visa Trails,