Schengen Visa Requirements

A student Schengen Visa serves as an entry permit to the Schengen zone that is granted to third country nationals who wish to enter and remain for short stays in any of the member states to complete their higher education. This visa permits its holder to stay in the territory for a maximum of 3 months. If your study is longer than such, you should apply to a long stay study visa at the embassy of the respective country.

The Schengen area covers most of the EU countries, except for Ireland and the countries that are part of Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus. Non-EU members such as Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichenstein are also part of the Schengen zone.

The documents needed to apply for this visa are the following:

  • Two visa application forms
  • Two identical photos
  • Valid passport
  • A copy of the passport
  • Previous passports
  • Proof of residence at home country
  • Roundtrip reservation or itinerary
  • Medical insurance
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Letter of acceptance to EU University/College/School
  • Proof of academic qualifications
  • Proof of financial means
  • Proof paid visa fee

Keep in mind they may ask for additional documentation; This goes on a case-by-case basis.


An Fvisa is the type of visa most international students, it a non-immigrant visa. The department of state issues such visa after a student has been accepted to a private elementary, middle or high school,college,English language school or academic institution.

There are several qualificat ions a person must possess to be eligible for an FVisa.

  • People applying for an F visa must live in a country outside of the USA and must demonstrate that they intend to return to their home country once they have completed their studies.
  • You may only attend the school that granted you with the visa application.
  • When applying for an Fvisa the applicant must show that he/she is financially able to pay for school and living expenses.
  • The applicant must show that they have strong ties to their home country, such as: family, bank accounts, job offer, etc.

Medical Insurance with Schengen Visa

There are no specific medical insurance requirements for F visa holder set forth by the government or the Department of State. Normally, your school will give you a list to determine the benefits and level of coverage you need. On the other hand, if your school does not have specific requirements, you will have to determine the level of coverage yourself.

School Requirements

Since there are no specific requirements set forth by the government then the school will administer the requirements, based on what they see fit.

  • You can be askedto have a Mandatory group school plan with no option to waive. Which means that you will have to get the school sponsored plan and cannot get a private insurance.
  • You can also have the option to either get the school sponsored insurance plan or to waive out of it and purchase your own plan.
  • Your school may also not offer any plan for their students in which case you will choose your own coverage based on your necessities.


Please contact the Global4Students customer support team at (305) 377-8999 or at [email protected], to verify information regarding your visa type and university.