Depending on your travel destination, your length of stay, and your citizenship, you may be required to obtain a visa for your trip abroad. It usually comes in the form of a stamp, placed in your passport. (Thus, getting a passport is the first step to getting a visa!) It allows you to enter (and re-enter) a specific country for a designated period of time. Generally, one works with the US-based consulate or embassy of his or her destination country, to apply.
It is good to know the basic distinction between an embassy and a consulate, as they both offer different services. A country's embassy is generally located in the capital city. The embassy deals with the main diplomatic relations between the home nation and the host nation in which the embassy is located. A consulate can be considered a smaller version of an embassy and is usually located in major tourist cities but not the capital. A consulate usually handles more of the minor diplomatic issues such as trade, issuing visas, and taking care tourists.
It is important to note that every consular and embassy office operates differently, under varying rules and requirements. Therefore, it is important to contact your jurisdictional office for application materials and information on obtaining the necessary travel documents. There is a wealth of information found on the World Wide Web for research into these matters.
Anyone who is planning overseas travel should look at the following site to begin research on foreign entry requirements:
Before you go, to locate foreign embassies in the US, visit:
In Canada, visit: www.allembassies.com/embassies_in_canada.htm
www.travel.state.gov/index.html is a useful website for general information on consular affairs.
The information of student visa and embassy for each ISA program country is located below.
Student Visa & Embassy of Argentina
Student Visa & Embassy of Belgium
Student Visa & Embassy of Brazil
Student Visa & Embassy of Chile
Student Visa & Embassy of China
Student Visa & Embassy of Colombia
Student Visa & Embassy of Costa Rica
Student Visa & Embassy of Czech Republic
Student Visa & Embassy of Dominican Republic
Student Visa & Embassy of England
Student Visa & Embassy of France
Student Visa & Embassy of India
Student Visa & Embassy of Ireland
Student Visa & Embassy of Italy
Student Visa & Embassy of Jordan
Student Visa & Embassy of Morocco
Student Visa & Embassy of Northern Ireland
Student Visa & Embassy of Peru
Student Visa & Embassy of Scotland
Student Visa & Embassy of South Africa
Student Visa & Embassy of South Korea
Student Visa & Embassy of Spain
To locate a U.S. embassy at your program site, check out: