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. 


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.