There are important visa considerations that international students joining GLOCAL need to consider and act upon to ensure that they have the correct visas and permissions for undertaking all of the programme’s periods of mobility.
We strongly advise incoming students to research, before arriving in Glasgow, what the various visa requirements are for all mobility periods.
For Erasmus Mundus scholarship students, we will provide a Confirmation of Funding letter to help with proof of funding required for visa applications. This will be provided at around the same time you receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter from the University Admissions Team.
Visas: General Information
Students who are citizens of EU countries do not currently require a visa to study in Spain, Sweden, Germany or the Netherlands. However, you may be required to register with the local Police department, for example, upon arrival so please check requirements carefully for each of your mobility periods. If you are an EU student on study track C, D or G, you will require a visa for your third mobility period in Colombia or Japan.
Students from outside the EU should research visa application requirements for all of mobility periods and allow plenty of time to apply for each visa throughout the programme. Self-funded students in particular should bear in mind any proof of sufficient finances required for each application.
Under new EU regulations, it should now be possible to apply for a study visa for any Schengen country up to six months in advance of arrival. This means that students can apply for Spanish or Swedish study visa from their home country before coming to the UK. Details of the new regulations can be found here. Students going to Spain in the second semester should contact the Spanish Embassy in their home country for details of how to apply. Students going to Sweden in the second semester can find details of how to apply for a residence permit for higher education on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website here.
IMPORTANT: It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that visas are obtained in time to start the relevant mobility period of the programme. Please ensure that you research visa application requirements for all of your mobility periods and allow plenty of time to apply for each of your visas throughout the programme. Self-funded students in particular should bear in mind any proof of sufficient finances required for each application.
The sections below provide more information about the partner-specific visa arrangements.
International students (including EU/EEA nationals) are required to apply for either a Student Route Visa (valid for the full duration of the programme) or a Standard Visitor Visa (valid for semester one only) for the UK. Please see the International Student Support pages for detailed guidance on the application process.
Student Route Visa
Students making a Student Route visa application will require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) from the University of Glasgow. We will issue CAS to all international students who have received and accepted an unconditional offer, normally from three months prior to the start of the programme. For Erasmus Mundus scholarship students, we will provide a Confirmation of Funding letter to help with proof of funding required for visa applications. This will be provided at around the same time you receive your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) letter from the University Admissions Team. Visa processing times are usually around three weeks.
Standard Visitor Visa
For students applying for a Standard Visitor Visa, we will issue a letter of support. Please note that a Standard Visitor visa will only be valid for the first semester of the programme. Students who intend to return to the UK at any other point during the programme will be required to make another visa application.
For those coming to the UK on a Standard Visitor visa, please note that non-visa nationals do not need to apply for this in advance, but are required to show certain documentation and have their passport stamped when going through immigration control on entry to the UK. Please be aware that if you enter the UK using the eGates at immigration control, or travel to the UK via Dublin, you should retain your flight details or boarding pass to show to Compliance at the University as proof of your date of entry to the UK. You can check if you are a visa national for the UK here (please choose study and 6 months or less as the duration).
Student Responsibilities Under Student Route Visas
If the University of Glasgow has issued you with a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) to obtain your student visa for the UK, the University must comply with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) regulations regarding attendance monitoring and absence reporting as well as checking that you have the necessary documentation and permission allowing you to undertake study in the UK. This includes:
- registering at the appointed time;
- providing appropriate documents, e.g. passport, UK biometric ID card;
- ensuring attendance to your course, notifying your School if you are unable to attend and why; etc.
Student Route vs Standard Visitor Visa
When deciding whether to choose the Student Route or Standard Visitor visa, please note the following:
- The Student Route visa will be valid for the UK for the entire two-year duration of the programme. This also means that should any new travel restrictions arise to Spain or Sweden after the first semester, you will be able to remain in the UK until these are lifted.
- If you have to make any subsequent visa applications from within the UK, some Embassies will only accept applications from students who have a Student Route visa. If you need any advice on any of these matters please check our International Student Support information or contact the International Student Support Team.
- Only the Student Route visa will allow students to apply for the Graduate Route visa following completion of their programme. More information on the Graduate Route visa can be found here
Under new EU regulations, it is now possible to apply for a study visa for Spain up to six months in advance of arrival. Details of the new regulations can be found here. This means that you can apply for your Spanish study visa from your home country before coming to the UK. We recommend that you do this.
If you are going to Spain in the second semester you should contact the local Spanish Embassy in your home country for details of how to apply. You should apply for a long-stay study visa. Please note that in order to apply for this type of visa for Spain you will be required to provide medical and police records from countries you have lived in. We will provide Admissions Letters from University of Barcelona for students on tracks A, B, C and D for use in your Spanish visa application.
If you are unable to apply for your Spanish visa from your home country ahead of arrival in the UK, you can apply for your visa at the Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh. Please note that in this case, if you wish to apply for the long-stay study visa you will also require police and medical records from Scotland.
If you are going to Sweden in the second semester you can find details of how to apply for a residence permit for higher education on the Swedish Migration Agency’s website here. You can apply for this permit from the UK during the first semester and further details on the process will be sent to you shortly after the start of the semester.
Everything you need to know about visas and residence permits for study at Erasmus University Rotterdam can be found on the university webpages: https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters-0/immigration
To study in Germany (longer than 90 days), non-EU citizens have to apply for a student visa. EU citizens and those from the Schengen Area do not need a visa to enter and study in Germany. Visa obligations for short-term stays (under 90 days) have been exempted for citizens of some countries. You can apply for visa in a German Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence.
You can find more information regarding the visa arrangements in Göttingen as well as all aspects of student life for International students here:
In Colombia, visa requirements depend upon 1) the length of stay of each student, and 2) the student’s nationality.
- Length of stay
Less than 180 days: Permit to Enter and Remain in Colombia, PID
- If students are coming for only one semester (less than 180 days), and if they are a citizen of a country which does not require a visa to enter Colombia (please refer to point 2), they can request a PID.
- A student can request the PID upon the arrival at the airport by handing in the letter of acceptance to the University to the Colombian Immigration Officer at the airport.
- Process: Migración Colombia will stamp the student’s passport, travel document or Andean Migratory Card (TAM in Spanish) with the correct stamp for entering the country (date of entrance, authorized days to remain and the type of entrance), which will be valid for ninety (90) consecutive days, which can be extended, for ninety (90) more days up to a maximum of 180 calendar days in a year.
More than 180 days: visitor visa type v
- According to Colombian Law, “the visa is the authorization granted to a foreigner to enter and remain in the national territory as awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs”.
- Having in mind that the student is coming for more than 180 days, or is a citizen of countries to which Colombia requires having an entrance visa, they should request a visitor visa type v which should be granted in the country of origin of the student at the offices of a Colombian consulate, in a Colombian Embassy. This process can also be made online.
- If the student is coming for the academic year, they should always request a visa.
- For more information on the process, click here:
The University’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) will be the main contact regarding all visa matters. Please remember that even though the application process has to be done by each applicant themselves, the OIA can support and advise students on the process. For further information, please contact: email@example.com; +57 (1) 3324548.
All international students must check whether their nationality requires a Visa to enter Colombia. All the information related to Visa procedures and countries that require a Visa to enter Colombia can be found here:
Applying for a Student Visa via Kyoto University
In order to study at Kyoto University successful candidates residing outside of Japan must obtain a “College Student Visa” (ryugaku visa) through a Japanese diplomatic mission. The required documents for this application include a certificate or notification of acceptance from Kyoto University, and a valid passport. In some cases, applicants may also be asked to present proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay in Japan.
Kyoto University provides assistance and advice to students so that they can obtain their visa in a timely manner. For full details on the visa application process please refer to the following links: