The following resources are intended for students who plan to study away at NYU Prague for a semester. 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.

Your Czech Visa

 Czech Visa Vignette

A visa is an official stamp issued by the Czech Embassy or Consulate outside of the Czech Republic affixed to a page inside your passport before you depart for Czech Republic. You must present it to Immigration Control when you arrive in the Czech Republic.

Students attending NYU Prague for a semester must obtain a Long Stay Visa for Other Purposes before traveling to Czech Republic. Students attending Tisch FAMU will obtain a Long Stay Visa for Study. EU, EEA or Swiss citizens traveling on a valid EU, EEA or Swiss passport, do not need to obtain a visa. If you do not obtain the correct visa, you will not be permitted to enroll in NYU Prague for a 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.

Visa Application Steps


Upload a Copy of Your Passport

Students participating in a semester or academic year away at NYU Prague MUST upload a copy of your passport via your Enrollment Portal. 

Please see Get a Passport for more details.


Obtain Criminal History Records


Students participating in a semester or academic year at NYU Prague are required to obtain Criminal History Records. This process can take months to accomplish. 

Criminal History Record Requirements

  Citizenship Documents Required
A US citizen; has not lived in any other country for more than 6 months over the last 3 years ONLY Notarized Criminal History Affidavit
B US Citizen; has lived in a foreign country for more than 6 months over the last 3 years Notarized Criminal History Affidavit AND Criminal history records from the country or countries where you have lived
C Non-US Citizen
  1. Criminal History Record from country of citizenship, AND
  2. Criminal History Record from country in which you are applying, AND
  3. Criminal History Record from any country you have lived in for more than 6 months over the last 3 years.
  • If you are required to obtain a Criminal History Record (ie. if you fall into categories B or C above), please note the following important considerations:
  • Check that country’s consulate/embassy nearest to you to see if they can assist.  Note though that some countries might require you to travel there to apply for your criminal history report in person (or have someone there apply on your behalf).
  • Students who require a US record can request one online through the FBI. You will need to have your fingerprints taken at a local police station or USCIS application support center and then mail that document to the FBI. 
    • We would recommend using a mailing service with tracking (USPS Priority, UPS, or FedEx) so that you can track the package. This process should only take about 1 week. 


Obtain Financial Documents

  • Proof of Financial Support
  • Notarized Copy of Debit Card


Obtain Supporting Documents From the OGS

These documents are required for your visa application and can only be created if the OGS has a copy of your passport (see STEP 1). The OGS will notify you via email when these documents are ready to be picked up.


Find Out Where You Will Apply for Your Visa

NYU students in New York should apply through the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York.

All Visiting (non-NYU) students must apply at the consulate of your jurisdiction. In some cases, you must apply in person. You can generally use your home or school address to determine jurisdiction.

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: Please keep in mind that your letters from NYU Prague will take up to 3 weeks to arrive. You should also consider whether you will have your criminal history records.

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!


Gather Documents and Submit Your Visa Application

  • Refer to this document checklist before you submit your visa application.
  • Global Programs students use this sample as reference to complete a Czech Visa Application.
  • Tisch FAMU students should use this sample as a reference to complete a Czech Visa Application. 


Receive Your Visa


  • If you applied in New York, you must go to the consulate’s website and look at their Approved Visa page. When your receipt number is posted, your visa is ready to be picked up.
  • Visas are NOT processed in chronological order. Don’t panic if you see a visa with a later application date getting processed first, or if your friend applies later than you but gets their visa back first. This is VERY COMMON.


Upload a Copy of Your Visa

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 (Czech Republic), and validity dates (i.e. the start and end date listed on the visa).