Passport, Visa & Travel

All SAI programs include support with travel and entry requirements to the host country. In our over 20 years or operation, we have seen it all, and are ready to answer any questions and provide support throughout the process.

Passports & Entry Requirements

All SAI programs require students to have a valid passport. Passport applications can take multiple months, so students are encouraged to apply for a passport (if they do not have one already) as early as possible.

Please note the following entry requirements for each SAI country:*

Italy:

  • Passports must be valid for at least 3 months after planned departure from the country.
  • Student visa is required for U.S. students studying in Italy for 90 days or more. Those with Italian/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.
  • Permit to Stay (Permesso di Soggiorno) required for all students studying in Italy for 90 days or more (completed after student visa is received).

Spain:

  • Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after planned departure from the country.
  • Student visa is required for U.S. students studying in Spain for 90 days or more. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

France:

  • Passports must be valid for at least 3 months after planned departure from the country.
  • Student visa is required for U.S. students studying in France for 90 days or more. Those with French/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

England:

  • Passports must be valid for at least 4 months after planned departure from the country.
  • Student visa is required for U.S. students studying in the UK for 6 months or more. U.S. students studying in London for less than 6 months do not require a student visa, although a Short Term Student Visa stamp is received upon arrival in country. Students pursuing an internship are required to receive a student visa (regardless of length of stay). Those with UK/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements.

* Entry requirements can change without notice. Students must consult with the appropriate Consulate for final entry requirements.

Student Visas

SAI provides student visa advising to all SAI students. Detailed information may be found at the following links:

Italian Visas |  Spanish Visas  |  French Visas  |  UK Visas

For additional assistance contact us.

Travel Planning

SAI provides students with arrival and departure windows for their SAI programs, allowing students to arrange the best travel to suit their needs. To make booking simple, we have partnered with Waldorf Travel, a specialized travel agency providing the lowest available student-priced airline tickets. Waldorf Travel has handled SAI student airline ticketing for over 15 years, and the staff is knowledgeable about our students’ needs. Be sure to mention SAI and the program you are attending when you reach out.

Waldorf Travel Service
5316 SE Sherman St.
Portland, OR 97215
toll free: 800-328-7266
tel: (503) 233-4053
fax: (503) 232-7224
email: info@waldorftravel.com

We encourage students to book their flights well in advance as the number of student-priced tickets is limited.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.