You will need a valid passport to study in Oviedo. Spain requires your passport to be valid for three (3) months beyond your scheduled departure from Spain, but recommends validity for six (6) months.
Passport Submission Deadlines
A student visa is required for study in Spain for a semester. The visa application process can take many weeks (see below), and you must have a valid passport to apply for your student visa. Therefore, you must submit a scan of your valid passport by the following deadlines:
- Spring 2023 - October 1, 2022
- Terms beyond Spring 2023 - You are advised to get your passport immediately (dates will updated periodically, check back frequently)
A student visa is required for study in Spain for stays longer than 90 days, for which this program is. Specific instructions for the visa application are made available within the program application online, and Education Abroad will assist you throughout the process. Gathering the required materials for the visa application may take several weeks and the deadline to apply for the visa will occur in October and soon after the program application deadline to allow time for Education Abroad to submit all visa applications to the Spanish Consulate in New York (which they require and is mandatory). You will also need to submit your passport with your visa application and may not receive it back for several months. For this reason, in order to apply for this program, students must submit proof of a valid passport at the time of application to be considered. We strongly encourage you to start your program application early to gain access to the visa application instructions and leave sufficient time to gather the required materials by the following firm deadlines.
Requirements and processing times vary by student citizenship and consulates can change their requirements and processing timelines at any time, though generally they base their processing times on the official program dates rather than individual travel plans so keep that in mind when considering how long you may be without your passport due to visa processing. Since will also need to submit your passport with your visa application and may not receive it back for several months, we strongly discourage students from traveling outside of the U.S. between the program application deadline and the official program start date. If you must be abroad between the program application deadline and the official program start date, please contact Education Abroad immediately to discuss the feasibility of your plans.
Please note that some consulates require students to submit visa applications in person though at the time of this update, the Spanish Consulate in New York will only require program staff to appear in person and not each individual student. If that procedure changes, Education Abroad will notify applicants immediately.