To determine whether or not a student may need a visa for the country or countries they plan to visit (or are passing through to get to the final destination), please refer to the U.S. Department of State. Visa information is located under the Entry/Exit requirements section of the country specific information sheets for each country. If the country requires a student visa, apply early as processing a visa can take several weeks or even months. Be aware that to get a visa for some countries a student may need to apply in person at the consulate or embassy nearest to them (depending on the state of residence).
The student will need to submit their passport in order to apply for a visa. The students passport will be held for the duration of the visa application process by the consulate. Some students chose to use visa processing services to process their visas. These organizations provide support services and expedited service if needed. One such visa processing organization is A Briggs, which offers a 20% discount to UK students, but there are many others available as well.
Some countries may also require students to obtain a Residence Permit to allow them to stay for longer than 90 days in the host country. Make sure to check whether or not you need a visa or Residence Permit well in advanced of departing for the host country. Students may also be required to register with the local authorities upon arrival in their host country or obtain additional travel documentation to remain in the country legally.
International students who are studying abroad must meet with their International Student Advisor, in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at least one month before going abroad in order to ensure that all immigration paperwork is properly updated to protect legal immigration status in the United States. In addition to verifying requirements to maintain legal immigration status in the United States, it is the responsibility of each international student to determine if a visa is needed for a particular education abroad program and to follow the necessary procedures in obtaining the foreign visa. UK International Student and Scholar Services cannot assist in the processing of visas for countries other than the United States.