The following resources are intended for students who plan to study away at NYU Madrid for a semester or full academic year. Students participating in short-term programs should visit our Visa Short-Term Travel page for more information.
The Office of Global Services (OGS) is the resource at NYU for immigration and visa advising. The Immigration & Mobility (“Outbound”) team will help you navigate your visa process throughout the months leading up to your departure. If, after reading through the information below, you have specific questions or uncertainties, feel free to reach out to us directly.
Each student’s immigration process will be different, depending on many variables including citizenship, age, length of stay, and location from which you are applying and your study abroad destination. Failure to obtain the correct visa will prevent you from studying abroad.
If you are an NYU Abu Dhabi student and will be applying in the UAE, please contact NYU Abu Dhabi's Global Education Office for localized assistance. If you are an NYU Shanghai student applying in Shanghai, the OGS will be working with the Shanghai Mobility Team to provide you with assistance.
An official stamp issued by the Spanish Embassy or Consulate outside of Spain affixed to a page inside your passport before you depart for Spain. You must present it to Immigration Control when you arrive in Spain.
All students attending NYU Madrid for a semester or academic year must obtain a Long-Stay Student Visa before traveling to Spain. EU, EEA or Swiss citizens traveling on a valid EU, EEA or Swiss passport, you do not need to obtain a visa. If you do not obtain the correct visa, you will not be permitted to enroll in the NYU Madrid semester or academic year away.
Visas will vary depending on the duration of your stay. Each country has different requirements based on citizenship and purpose of travel.
These documents are required for your visa application. The OGS will notify you via email when these documents are ready to be picked up.
Students participating in a Full Academic Year at NYU Madrid are required to obtain Criminal History Records and a Medical Certificate as part of your visa application.
NOTE: Full Year Students Only
REMINDER: Group Processing in New York may take longer than individual processing at other consulates because we must factor time for the OGS to review the documents. In addition, the consulate prefers to return all of the passports at the same time so if one visa is delayed all are delayed. If you will need your passport between DATE and DATE (this varies every semester) we recommend you submit your documents individually.
The Spanish Consulate in New York will only accept student visa applications submitted by the University. The OGS will review your application and then submit it on your behalf to the Spanish Consulate in New York.
If you choose not to participate in the Group Application Submission, you will need to submit your application independently. Schedule an appointment with your jurisdiction consulate.
Use the links listed below to find your consulate's website. Once you have found it, follow the link for Visas and find the information about Study visa for more than 90 days.
NOTE: If you participate in the Group Application Submission you can skip this step!
If you do not participate in group processing for your visa application, you will need to schedule an appointment at a Spanish consulate or Embassy outside of Spain.
Consulates are jurisdictional, so you can apply at the consulate or embassy that is responsible for your state of permanent residence or where you go to school. You will need to prove residence through either your Driver's License OR your Student ID.
NOTE: Keep in mind that appointments do book up quickly so you should schedule an appointment in advance. However, please remember that your appointment must be no earlier than 90 days before your program begins.
You can search for a consulate/mission/embassy here, or simply Google "Spanish Consulate [country]".
Please alert the OGS if you are applying for your visa outside of the U.S as some students may experience difficulties applying outside of their school jurisdiction.
Every consulate does things differently, from hours of operation, to policies and procedures for handling visa applications. Please READ the information on the consulate’s website!
Please keep in mind that you will have to surrender your passport for the entirety of the visa process. It can take 3-4 weeks for the consulate to process your visa.
If you have any visa-related questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
REMINDER: The Spanish Consulates can change their requirements and policies suddenly and without notice. This document has been created to help guide you through the Spanish visa process, but obtaining the correct visa is ultimately your responsibility.
Once you receive your visa from the consulate or embassy (remember, it will be inside your passport), you must upload a copy of it to the OGS via your Enrollment Portal. The form will ask you specific questions about your visa to help indicate to us if you have obtained the correct visa type for your travel. These questions include, number of entries (i.e. single entry, multiple entry), visa country of issue (Spain), and validity dates (i.e. the start and end date listed on the visa).