Apply for a Schengen visa

A Schengen visa allows holders to visit a number of designated countries with only 1 visa. 

Usually, students apply for a Schengen visa for tourist purposes, however you would also apply if you needed to attend a conference in the Schengen Area or to visit friends there.

Guide to applying for a Schengen visa

The International Student Advisers have prepared a guide to help you in your research into making an application for your Schengen visa.

The "Guide to making a Schengen visa application" includes:

  • General information on the application process
  • "Single-entry" and "multiple-entry" Schengen visas
  • Which country to apply to (if you are travelling to more than one)
  • Checklist of the common documents usually required

Download the Guide to Applying for a Schengen Visa


Example of a completed Schengen application form

Although application forms vary depending on the Embassy/Consulate at which you will apply, you may find our example of a completed Schengen visa form useful for general information on the questions asked. 

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Travel safety

Before you travel, here are some tips which you can use to plan in advance to be best prepared for your journey.

Before you go

  • Buy a guidebook/map!
  • Think about how you wish to pay for your trip – is there an office to cash travellers cheques?  Will your bank charge you to use an ATM machine abroad?
  • Research travel passes - you may make substantial savings on the cost of travel, as well as avoiding having to visit the ticket desk too often!
  • Check the emergency number(s) for the country/countries which you will visit.
  • Check the details of your country’s embassy in the country/countries that you will be visiting in case you need any assistance while you are travelling.
  • Take a copy of your passport ID details page and visa/BRP card. Store these in a separate place from your original documents.
  • Don’t forget your mobile phone chargers (with plug converters!) so that you can keep in contact with friends/family.

When you arrive

  • Transport from airports and train/bus stations to your accommodation should be well-planned, especially if you are arriving late at night.
  • Be prepared to carry some change in the local currency (coins or notes in small amounts) to pay for initial travel costs where change may not be readily available.
  • If you catch a taxi, ensure that it is a licensed taxi – usually these are signposted at airports.
  • If your accommodation has a safe for you to use, store your valuable belongings in it.
  • When you are travelling on public transport, keep a close watch on your belongings.
  • Finally, you could store the International Student Support team's contact details, in case you need advice while you are abroad.