Spanish Student Visas

In accordance with Spanish law students studying in Spain for 91 days or more are required to obtain a student visa. Those with Spanish/EU citizenship are exempted. It is not necessary for US students studying for 90 days or less to obtain a visa. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for details on student visa requirements. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist all students in getting ready for their appointment, and we provide simple step-by-step instructions for the application process to students after they are accepted.

Most students must appear in person at their Spanish Consulate to present their student visa application. Your specific Consulate is determined by the location of either your permanent address or your address while at school. In some cases your nearest Spanish Consulate may be in a neighboring state, which might necessitate air travel. Please plan and budget accordingly.

SAI Visa Processing (Los Angeles, Miami, and New York Consulates)
SAI is able to process visa applications for students whose permanent or school address is in the Los Angeles and Miami Consulate jurisdictions.

The New York Consulate will only accept visa applications for students whose school address (not permanent) is within their jurisdiction.

  • Note that if you attend school in the NY Consulate jurisdiction you must have your visa application processed by SAI or your home school; you cannot submit it yourself.
  • Those whose permanent address is within the NY jurisdiction, but whose school address is not, must obtain their visa through the Consulate of their school address.

With SAI visa processing, there is no need to appear at the Consulate, just send all documents to SAI by the deadline below and we’ll handle the rest!

Fall term LA, Miami, and NY Consulates: May 15

Spring term LA, Miami, and NY Consulates: October 1

For visa-related questions please contact our Student Visa Director at

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About SAI

SAI 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.