This section contains guidance on Schengen visas. While ISS are unable to offer advide or application checks for Schengen Visas we can offer information and some general guidance regarding common Schengen Visa queries such as that discussed below.
When and how to apply
If you are a national who is required to submit a Schengen visa application before travelling, you will usually be required to apply at least 15 days before the intended journey (but no earlier than 3 months before the intended journey). Please check directly with the Embassy or Consulate that you are applying to for their application deadline information.
The visa application process will involve completing an application form, collecting supporting documents and submitting these to the Embassy or Consulate of the country you wish to travel to.
Please see our ISS Schengen Visas Guide for information to establish which Embassy or Consulate you should apply to, if travelling to more than one country.
You will need to prepre documents before you make your Schengen visa application. Please see our ISS Schengen Visas Guide for a document checklist of the documents commonly required.
Useful links and resources
You can use the resources below to help you prepare your application:
List of Embassies/Consulates in the UK
UKCISA information on travel in Europe
Home Office Foreign Travel Advice
Although application forms vary depending on the Embassy/Consulate at which you will apply, you may find our example of a completed Schengen visa application form useful for general information on the questions asked. If previewing in a browser only, please open using Internet Explorer or Firefox.
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 – Will your bank charge you to use an ATM machine abroad? Would a Travel Money Card be a useful option for you?
- 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.