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EU Study Visa

EU Study Visa

EU Study Visa

Did you know that you could study for free in Europe? Yes, it is possible even for international students to study for free in Europe. Most public universities in countries like Norway, Sweden, Germany, Denmark, and Finland do not charge a tuition fee, even from international students. However, you may need to cover administrative and living costs.

Little wonder that, when international students look for affordable yet top-class education, they turn to Europe.

Financial constraints need not destroy your dreams of studying abroad. Studying in Europe is not just an incredible experience in itself, but it is also very cheap. Compared to other popular study-abroad destinations like Canada, Australia, UK, or the US, studying in Europe will cost you a fraction of what it does in other countries.

If you are planning to study in Europe you will need a Student Visa, especially if you are a non-EU national. Unlike a Schengen Tourist Visa that gives you access to entire Europe, an EU Study Visa does not work the same way.

You must first secure admission to an educational institution in Europe to become eligible for an EU Study Visa. However, you will need to obtain a Student Visa for the specific country before you move to begin your course.

Let’s look at some popular study-abroad destinations in Europe.

1. Germany

Germany is the go-to country for students who wish to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programs. It is also popular among students pursuing Masters and Doctoral programs. Nearly 12% of all students in Germany are international students. There are 3 categories of Student Visas in Germany:

1. Student Visa

International students who have already been accepted in an educational institution in Germany need to obtain a Student Visa.

2. Student-applicant Visa

Applicants to the Hochschule fur Musik and Theater (College of Music and Drama) can enter Germany on this Visa for an entrance examination. The Visa is valid for 3 months and may be converted to a Student Visa once the applicant obtains admission to a college or university during this period.

3. Language course Visa

This Visa is for those who wish to pursue a language course in Germany. However, this Visa can’t be converted to a Student or Student-applicant Visa in Germany.

2. The Netherlands

The Netherlands is extremely popular among international students who wish to pursue a Doctoral program.The different types of Visas available in the Netherlands include:

1. Short-stay Visa

This Visa is for students pursuing a study course that is less than 3 months.

2. Temporary Stay Visa

International students who have already been accepted in an educational institution in Germany need to obtain a Student Visa.

3. Residence Permit

If your study course is longer than 3 months, you may apply for a Residence Permit in the Netherlands. You must apply for one within 3 days of coming to the country.

3. France

International students interested in fashion or business studies opt to study in France. The country is home to some of the finest business schools and fashion houses in the world. International students who wish to study in France for more than 3 months need to obtain a Student Identification Card.

The different categories of Student Visas available in France are:

1. Etudiant-Concours Visa

This Visa allows you to stay for a period of a maximum of 90 days in France. It is mostly used by students who have to undergo a short course, appear for an entrance exam, or visit the university before applying.

2. Long-stay Visa

The validity of a Long-stay Visa is 3 months, but it may be renewed as and when required.

3. Residence Permit

The validity of a Residence Permit is 1 year and may be renewed.

4. Temporary Long-stay Visa

A Temporary Long-stay Visa is valid for 3 to 6 months, but a Residence Permit is not given.

4. Belgium

You may apply for a Student Visa for Belgium only after you have secured admission to an accredited educational institution in the country. You may apply for the Student Visa at the nearest Belgium Embassy or Consulate. Belgium is very popular among students who wish to pursue courses in Economic, Business Administration, Information Technology, Physics, or Political Science.

Some of the top Universities in Belgium include:

  • University of Leuven
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management
  • Vlerick Business School
  • Hasselt University
  • University of Liége

5. Denmark

Denmark is popular among international students who wish to study business administration, economics, environmental sciences, design, and civil engineering.

The Student Visa you need for Denmark will depend on your course duration.  If your study program is less than 3 months long, you will need to apply for a Tourist Visa. However, if your study program is longer than 3 months, you will need to apply for a Residence Permit. International students on a Residence Permit are allowed to work part-time for 20 hours per week in Denmark.

Are you interested in studying in Europe? Contact Niyama Immigrations today.

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