Visas and passports

Most Asian countries require a visa for long-term stay, including studying. Whether you’re aiming to explore rich cultural landscapes, pursue academic excellence, or engage in cross-cultural experiences, understanding the visa requirements is a crucial first step. Let’s delve into the realm of visa regulations, ensuring your seamless transition into the vibrant tapestry of Asian education and exploration.


  • These pages contain only general guidelines if you haven’t applied for a visa before. When applying for a visa, please first contact your local embassy of the country you’re heading to. They’ll provide you with more up-to-date information about the application procedure.
  • Check the embassy opening hours. Embassies are open according to the public and religious holidays of the country they represent and the holidays of the country they are located in.
  • Please note that visa procedures vary from country to country. Take care of all visa-related issues before departure, and update the visa at the destination if needed and once you’re familiar with the procedure.
  • The embassies can usually help you either in your own language or in English.
  • Check the latest updates on applying for a visa and the opening hours of the embassy from the embassy websites or by calling the embassy directly.
  • Please note that a student visa is only meant for studying. This often means that you have to complete a certain number of study credits during your stay, and you’re not allowed to work simultaneously. If you don’t fulfill the requirements for the student visa, you can either be denied the visa, be charged a fine, or both.
  • Some countries don’t accept visa applications by mail. If you cannot visit the embassy in person, you can usually assign a third party to do it for you, for instance, a travel agency or a relative.


You must have a valid passport to study at our partner universities and in their respective countries. For most destinations, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your semester abroad is over. If you discover that your passport does not have enough time left on it, renew it as soon as possible. It could take up to 6 weeks to obtain a new passport, depending on your home city office. If you’re short on time, you can get your passport quicker by using a more express service, where available. This service is usually more costly. For example, the UK’s urgent service allows you to get your passport in 1 week instead of 3+ weeks. Please note that express passports might have some limitations normal passports don’t have. Please check your country’s passport delivery conditions by contacting the local delivering authorities or by visiting the government’s website for more information.


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Indonesia Visa

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Malaysia Visa

Applying for a Malaysian student visa (Student Pass) is a multi-step process and might seem somewhat complicated. Please note that the visa application process and the list of required documents may change at any time.

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Mexico Visa

Many nations, including European citizens, can travel to Mexico for 180 days without a visa. Instead of applying for a visa, you will receive a student card upon entering the country. It is recommended for students studying in Mexico for one semester to take advantage of this tourist card, as it is a very convenient way to enter Mexico.

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Europe Visa

In Europe, one can generally travel abroad quite freely with Schengen passports. For non-European students, a visa is needed.

The visa application process differs slightly depending on your arrival destination. We want to invite you to visit the following website and to read about the detailed requirements here.

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Costa Rica Visa

Many nations, including European citizens, are entitled to travel to Costa Rica for 90 days without a visa. It is recommended for students studying in Costa Rica for one semester as it might take longer than 6 months to finalize the student visa procedure in Costa Rica.

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Vietnam Visa

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Thailand Visa

To study abroad in Thailand, you need to apply for a student visa before the start of the semester. Please check the latest news and information about visas before applying for a visa at the Royal Thai Embassy website.

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Taiwan Visa

All exchange students, whose total length of stay in Taiwan exceeds 90 days but not 180 days, must apply for a Visitor Visa at a Taipei Representative Office. The required visa application documents and application and payment methods may vary between different countries, so make sure to get the latest instructions from your nearest office location.

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South Korea Visa

All international students residing outside Korea will need to apply for a student visa at the embassy or consulate of the Republic of Korea in their home country.

Apply for your student visa immediately after receiving your official acceptance letter from Korea.

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China Visa

All international students must apply for a student visa (X visa) to study in China. Please check the latest visa regulations and prices from your home country’s Chinese embassy. On the embassy website, you will also download a visa application form before applying for your visa.

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