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Updated: Jun 6, 2023

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Study Visa Classifications

Study Visas are regularly classified on the basis of two broad distinction points 

Study Visa Classification Based on Program's Duration:

Contingent upon the length or tenure of the program the applicant is planning to undertake, the countries regularly isolate the student visa into Short Term Study Visas or Long-term Study Visas. Regularly, the short-term visas are given to students who plan to take a short course of a language or a diploma certificate course and the whole duration is frequently restricted to 90 days (3 months). Long term visas, then again, are given to students who are planning to take up degree courses extending beyond the 3 month period. These could incorporate the internships and small certificate programs of 6 months and so on. European Union Countries regularly have this broad classification.

Study Visa Classification Based on Type of Program/Student:

Irrespective of the duration of the course, some countries classify the student visas basis the sort of student. This could be the dimension of degree applied for (undergraduate, graduate or doctoral), exchange student or student applying for a vocational/diploma course. Broadly speaking, as these visas also rely upon the sort, of course, the student is applying for, these are somewhat connected to the tenure. Be that as it may, in these categories, the first purpose of distinction is not to what extent the program would be for. In the event that you are, say for an instance, an exchange student, you could be going for 3 month or 3 years, the category would still be based on the sort of student and not the tenure.

Documents Required for Student Visa Application

Each nation, depending on their Immigration Laws have a particular list of reports. Notwithstanding, while the exact requirements are different in terms of actual terms, the list is generic. Be that as it may, there are a couple of archives which you would require certainly. 


This is the essential requisite. While you would require a valid passport, what you have to know is that for different countries, the prerequisite of the validity of your visa may change. A few countries would need you to have the validity until the finish of the course even at the season of applying for the student visa. A few, then again, might give you a chance to apply yet ask for you to have a validity that stretches out past the intended remain in the nation.

You likewise need to guarantee that you have at least two blank pages in your passport for stamping for a visa. What is critical to note is that on the off chance that you have any lapsed passport, you would even now need to present a duplicate of every single such passport.


Regardless of which nation you are applying to, on the off chance that you are applying for any class of Student Visa, you should have the capacity to demonstrate that you are a bonafide student. This is frequently done by creating affirmation of admission with an educational institute of that nation. 


A large portion of the nations would expect you to demonstrate that you are equipped for not just dealing with the tuition and college expenses yet additionally have the imperative assets to manage the cost of your stay in that nation for the planned education period. While many nations have a stipulated measure of assets it would require, some have more extensive progressively broad rules. For instance, many nations in Europe (like Germany, Netherlands, and so on.) have a minimum living cost computed as per government standards. Students applying for student visas in these nations, likewise, must give evidence that the said sum is accessible with them in prepared cash.

Another thing which is required maybe crosswise over various nations is the proof that you can communicate in the language which would be your medium of instruction. Since the greater part of the understudies intends to consider in English speaking nations, the vast majority of them would expect you to give proof positive that you can communicate in English - both written and verbal. This is typically done by a minimum score requirement for various English Language Tests like TOEFL, IELTS and/or PTE. Accordingly, on the off chance that you intend to take up a course in some other language (state German for instance), you would be required to give confirmation to that language in accordance to the CEFR Certified Levels.

It is important to note here that while colleges may acknowledge distinctive any or either of the previously mentioned tests, for Visas, as times, the requirements are set. For instance, UK does not perceive TOEFL for Visas. Thus, it is important that before an understudy composes an English Language Test, he/she checks whether or not the nation's movement division perceives that test. Likewise, Visa Guidelines for various nations ordinarily mandates a minimum score. While Universities may offer affirmation at a lower score, Visas would be rejected until the point when the minimum standard is met.


The total rundown would rely upon the nation you are applying to. While a few nations would require therapeutic proofs, some may require a blocked record. Numerous nations likewise require a SOP.