Visas and passports
Most Asian countries require a visa for long-term stay, including studying.
Visas for Asian countries in general
- 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 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, as well as on 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 are usually able to help you either in your own language or 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 need to have a valid passport to study at all of our destinations. For most of them, your passport has to be valid for a minimum of 6 months after the end of your semester abroad. If you notice that your passport doesn’t have enough validity, make sure to renew your passport well in advance. Depending on your home country, getting a new passport can take up to 6 weeks.
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.
For more information, please check your country’s passport delivery conditions by contacting the local delivering authorities or by visiting the government’s website.