NOTE: each of the Partner Universities’ sections contains visa information specific to them. Click the relevant university below to view.

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

EU students

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.

Non-EU students

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.