Visa & Accommodation

The entry and visa regulations you need to complete to study in Spain, Italy and France will depend on several factors; first of which is your nationality. Anybody who wishes to study abroad should inform themselves about visas and other regulations in the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Spain, France and Italy. The exact documentation you need to study in these countries will depend on several factors, most notably your country of residence.

  • If you are a citizen of one of the EU countries: you don’t need a visa to study and live in Spain, France or Italy. However, you need to apply for a residence permit at the Central Registry Office for Foreigners within 3 months of arrival.

  • If you are a citizen of Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein: you don’t need a visa but you need to apply for a residence in the same way citizens of EU countries do.

  • If you are a citizen of another country: you will need a visa to study and live in Spain, France or Italy. To obtain your visa, you need to apply via a Spanish, French or Italian embassy or consulate after you receive an official offer of a place.

The entry procedure will vary depending on your country of residence. Generally speaking, you will be asked to provide details of where you intend to live while you’re studying. Therefore, you will have to arrange accommodation in advance. You may do that through the university or privately. Flat sharing is also common among students. As a temporary solution, many students use hostels or even ‘couch-surf’ when they first arrive in the country and then seek more permanent housing later.

Please note that visa requirements are not the only thing you need to think about. Anyone who wishes to study abroad in Spain, Italy and France even if they are from the EU in case of Italy, need to have a residence permit. EU students have to apply for a residence permit within 3 months of arrival. For students outside EU, the conditions of your stay will be handled through your student visa.