Visa Information

There are very important visa considerations that international students joining the International Master in Global Markets, Local Creativities need to take account of 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 that you find out 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

If students are unable to travel to Scotland because of the pandemic, it will be possible to follow the entire first semester online via distance learning. In this case, you will not require a visa for the first semester and can apply directly for your visa to study in Spain or Sweden, if required, depending on your study track. 

Students who are citizens of EU countries do not currently require a visa to study in the UK, 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. Please note that EU citizens are not currently required to register with the Police in the UK. 

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: 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-funding 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 you can apply for your Spanish or Swedish study visa from your home country before coming to the UK. Details of the new regulations can be found here. 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. 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

The sections below provide more information about the partner-specific visa arrangements.

For the UK, you can apply for either two-year Tier 4 visa or a Short-Term Study Visa. Please note that for a number of reasons we recommend that you apply for the Tier 4 visa, including: 

  • The Tier 4 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. 
  • Only the Tier 4 visa will allow you to apply for the UK post-study work visa under current plans for students beginning their studies in 2020, details of which can be found here. 
  • If you have to make any subsequent visa applications from within the UK, most Embassies will only accept applications from students who have a Tier 4 visa. 

You can find all details on the Tier 4 and Short-Term Study visa application processes on the  University of Glasgow’s International Student Support Team webpages here. 

Tier 4 Student Visa:

If you are classified as an international student by the University of Glasgow you will be required to apply for a two-year Tier 4 Student Visa.

You will require a Certificate of Acceptance of Studies (CAS) from the University of Glasgow in order to make a Tier 4 Student Visa application. The University will issue CAS letters to all international students who have received and accepted an unconditional offer of application normally from three (3) months prior to the start of the programme.

Holding the Tier 4 visa will allow you to study in Glasgow during the first mobility period and to apply for your Spanish residence permit from here. The Tier 4 visa will be valid for the UK for the entire two-year duration of the programme. Please note that this visa does not cover your stay in your subsequent mobility periods.

Students are advised to apply for a six-month study visa for Spain. You will apply for this at the Spanish Consulate in Edinburgh during your first semester on the programme.

More information on the Spanish visa process will be provided during your first mobility period in Glasgow.

For international students in Sweden, a visa will be needed in most cases.  A visa is a permit which is required for you to enter and remain in Sweden for a period of a maximum of three months.

See the university’s Passports and Visas page for more information:

Everything you need to know about visas and residence permits for study at Erasmus University Rotterdam can be found on the university webpages:

In order to study in Germany (longer than 90 days), non-EU-citizens have to apply for a student visa. European Union (EU) citizens and those from the Schengen Area do not need any visa in order to enter and study in Germany. Furthermore, visa obligations for short-term stays (no longer than 90 days) have been exempted for citizens of some countries. You can apply for visa in a German diplomatic mission in your country of residence (Embassy or Consulate). For GLOCAL students this will be the German Embassy in Madrid during your studies in Barcelona.

You can find more information regarding the visa arrangements in Göttingen as well as all aspects of student life for International students here:
Arriving and Studying in Göttingen

Accommodation in Göttingen

In Colombia, visa requirements depend upon:

(i) the length of stay of each student; and (ii) the student’s nationality.

(i) Length of stay:

Less than 180 days: Permit to Enter and Remain in Colombia, PIP

  • 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 ii), they can request a PIP.
  • A student can request the PIP 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.

Length of stay (More than 180 days): Temporary Student Visa

  • According to Colombian Law, “the visa is the authorisation 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, s/he should request a student visa 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, s/he should always request a student visa.
  • You can find more information about the whole process 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:; +57 (1) 3324548.

(ii) The student’s nationality:

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 links below: