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.
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.
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
|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|
All criminal history records MUST be certified in their country of origin (or through the consulate) by Apostille or superlegalization.
All criminal history records (including the apostille) MUST be translated into Czech by a consulate-certified translator.
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.
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.
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.
You can search for a consulate/mission/embassy here, or simple Google "Czech Consulate [country]".
Please alert the forms that you need might be slightly different than those listed in the next section. Check your local consulate’s website for information.
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!
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).