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Travelling outside of the UK

You may need to apply for a visa to travel to another country. To check whether you need a visa please see www.embassiesabroad.com

When applying for a tourist/visitor visa you are normally required to show evidence that you intend to leave the country after your travels. If you will be returning to your home country after your travels you may need to provide evidence of a travel ticket for your journey home. If you are returning to the UK, you may need to show that you have booked a ticket back to the UK.

Schengen Visa Scheme

Many students wish to visit other European countries during their vacations or at the end of their studies. Most non-EEA students will have to get a visa for the country or countries they wish to visit and will find that they have to apply for a Schengen visa.

Twenty six countries in Europe participate in the Schengen Visa Scheme. This means that a visitor need only obtain one visa to travel to any number of the Schengen countries in one trip.

To do this, check with the embassy of the country you wish to visit in the following links: Embassies Abroad or Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Some nationalities do not need a Schengen visa. This list varies between Schengen member states so you should check with the embassy of the country that you wish to visit to find out whether you require a Schengen visa or not.

Schengen visa talk

This workshop is for students who want to know more about the Schengen visa along with how and where to apply. Workshops will be held during the year so please check back for details as they are scheduled.

  • No workshops scheduled at this time. Please check back later in the year.
How and where to apply for a Schengen visa

Where you will apply for your Schengen visa depends on your travel plans. For full details on how you apply for a Schengen visa and to which country you need to apply to please visit the UKCISA website for the most up to date information.

The application process you will need to follow also depends on your country of application as some countries have different requirements. You should check the requirements with the embassy of the country you wish to visit in the following links: Embassies Abroad or Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Before confirming or paying for travel check the visa requirements for the country you intend to visit and allow plenty of time before travel to arrange a visa, if necessary.

Proof of student status

You will require evidence of your student status when you make your Schengen application. If you are an INTO student you should go to INTO reception to request a letter to confirm that you are registered students.

Newcastle University London students should contact newcastlelondon@ncl.ac.uk to request proof of student status.

For other students, please request a Certificate of Registration from S3P. If you require specific text on your Certificate of Registration as directed by the embassy of the country you wish to visit, there will be a charge of £10 for each certificate which you can order via the WebStore and as these need to be manually typed they will take longer to produce (between 5-15 working days).

Please be aware that the Austrian, Danish, French, Greek, Italian, Netherlands, Norwegian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish and Swiss Embassies always require additional text on a Certificate of Registration.

Lost and Stolen Passport and Visa

Make every effort to keep your passport and BRP card safe during your travels. Travel documents and visas can be very difficult to replace outside the UK and may result in lengthy and costly delays in your return to the UK or even result in you having to return directly to your home country. Please use hotel safes and security facilities where possible. If you have lost or had your passport and visa stolen, please follow the correct procedures in obtaining replacements

*Please ensure that you travel during official university vacation periods. Postgraduate students should check with their schools. You should be aware that any unauthorised absences during term time may affect your visa.

Returning to the UK after travelling

Please be aware that the UK Border Force may question your intentions for re-entering the UK on arrival at the port of entry if you have finished the course of study for which your visa was issued. If you wish to re-enter the UK, we would advise that you carry with you in your hand luggage evidence that you intend to leave the UK before your visa expires (e.g. flight ticket), or evidence that you intend to make a new visa application (e.g. CAS, supporting documents, etc.) if you will be starting a new course in the UK. Please be aware that this is no guarantee that you will be granted entry to the UK as this is at the discretion of the UK Border Force at the port of entry.

Returning to the UK for graduation

Returning to the UK using your Tier 4 visa

We would advise you to avoid returning to the UK on your Tier 4 visa to attend your graduation ceremony as you will have finished the course of study for which your visa was granted.

Applying for a Standard Visitor visa

If you intend to return to the UK for graduation we would advise that you apply for a Standard Visitor visa. This visa costs £83 and leave is usually granted for 6 months. Further information is available on the Home Office website: https://www.gov.uk/general-visit-visa

If you are a non-visa national, you do not need to apply for a Standard Visitor visa beforehand. Instead, you can travel to the UK and ask to be stamped in at the airport as a Standard Visitor. We still would advise you to bring all the relevant documents for a Standard Visitor with you to show at the border if requested by the UK Border Force. To find out whether you need to apply for a visa beforehand, please use the Home Office’s checking tool: https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

If you would like to invite family and friends to join you for graduation, please see the information available here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/students/progress/visa/FriendsFamily/inviting_friends.htm

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