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Visa Information for Students

A visa is a passport stamp or document that authorizes the passport holder to enter a country for a specific purpose and particular period of time. Every country has different visa policies and arrangements with every other country. A Spanish Study visa is required for all students who will be studying in Spain for more than 90 days (unless you are a citizen of the European Union). The category of visa that semester students should apply for is a Long-Term Student Visa, which permits individuals to study in Spain for over 90 days. Please note that there are more time-sensitive requirements for students who are on a semester program and an Academic Year program. Instructions and deadlines will be provided to you, and you will need to adhere to the deadlines to successfully obtain a visa.


Do I Need a Visa?

  • If you are a US passport holder, you are required to obtain a visa for spring 2023 program before arrival in Barcelona.
  • If you are a citizen of the European Union, you do not need a visa.
  • If you are a non-US passport holder with citizenship outside of the EU, you are required to obtain a visa. More instructions will be provided based on your country of citizenship. 


How Do I Obtain a Visa?

Deadlines - It is very important to adhere to each requirement in the process shared with you in order to receive your visa on time prior to the start of your program. For Spring Only 2023 participants, you will be notified of the deadlines for the following items at your Visa Workshop in early Sept.

Sept. 12 Visa Workshop
Sept. 21 Submit Financial Aid Letter Request (if applicable)
Oct. 12  Deliver materials to IP office and upload to Barcelona Visa Document Submission
Dec. 16 Upload Visa Copy to IP Document Submission Form.

Please note: You will hand over your passport to IP staff for visa processing from September 2022 through December 2022/January 2023 prior to the start of your program. This means that you will be unable to travel internationally during this time period unless you already have a 2nd passport in your possession.

Semester-Only Visa Requirements

Instructions will be provided in order to complete all of the requirements below:

  • Visa Application Form
  • Visa Photos
  • Passport
  • Passport Data Page copies
  • Proof of financial means
  • Money Order
  • Pepperdine ID copies
  • Notarized power of attorney form
  • UPS envelope and prepaid shipping label

Visa Fee: $160

Estimated Additional Visa Costs: $35-$100