Applying for a European Visa

Many European countries require a Schengen visa, a single visa to travel between countries without restrictions or customs checks. It is important not to confuse the Schengen area with the European Union, as Romania, Bulgaria and Cyprus are members of the European Union but not the Schengen agreement.However, there are four non-EU countries that work with the Schengen visa: Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

Students apply for a Schengen visa type D. It allows you to stay in a Schengen country for more than 90 days.

It is important to remember that Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Poland and the Czech Republic have banned visas for Russian students. In some countries some universities do not accept Russian students. Due to the unstable situation, we advise you to check the websites of the Consulate General or Embassy of the country you intend to enter for up-to-date information. Prices of consular fees, processing times, and the list of required documents may change.

Although many countries remain loyal to Russian students, a visa can be refused for various reasons. In this article we will tell you how to apply for a visa to this or that country, what documents are needed and what the requirements are.

Where to apply for a visa

Diplomatic institutions

Applying for a visa directly through a consulate general or embassy is the most preferred option. A personal meeting with representatives of the country increases the chances of obtaining a visa.

Visa centers

In Russia there are visa centers licensed to cooperate with consulates. They not only help with submitting documents, but also provide additional services: photos, consultations, translations, etc.

Private Companies and Individuals

Small companies or individuals can also help you apply for a Schengen visa. They also offer additional services, but you should be careful as they are not considered reliable and there is a chance of running into scammers.

Visa processing can take 6 to 8 weeks.

Documents and apostilles for visa applications are submitted with a notarized translation into English and/or the national language of the country of study and in 2 copies (original + copy).


Cost and requirements for international students

The cost of the consular fee for Russians is 80 Euros. Plus a service fee of 17 to 40 Euros depending on the country.

You can pay directly at the embassy or visa center (take into account the service fee).

International students are often required to provide proof that they have sufficient finances to pay for all their needs throughout their studies.

Proof may include:

  • receipt of a grant or scholarship;
  • having an income of €666 or more per month;
  • a bank statement;
  • if the student’s accommodation is financed by a family member, the family relationship must be verified together with documentary evidence of such family member’s ability to provide support.

International students must also take out health insurance for a period of at least 1 year with a minimum coverage of 30,000 euros per case of illness.