Travelling abroad during your studies
International students may want to travel whilst studying at King's. We recommend that you contact your destination country’s embassy in the UK for information about whether you need a visa and how to apply depending on your nationality.
Most of our students travel in Europe due to the short distance and we have therefore produced some guides for you.
- Schengen Visa for travel in Europe
Certain nationalities need a Schengen visa to travel in Europe. The Schengen visa is a single visa for travel in countries in Europe who have signed on to the Schengen agreement. The UK is not in the Schengen zone. Therefore your Tier 4 visa would not automatically cover your trip to other European countries.
Most students travelling within the Schengen space as tourists or to attend conferences need a short stay / travel visa for a visit of up to three months within any six-month period in all Schengen countries.
For a trip to several different countries, apply at the embassy of the country where you will spend the most time. If you are staying an equal amount of time in each country, apply for a Schengen visa at the embassy of the first country that you plan to visit. Different countries have different rules for applying so to find out if you need a Schengen visa and how to apply, look on the embassy website of the country where you plan to travel.
- What documents will I need to provide?
Most countries ask for:
- passport & UK visa (BRP card)
- Schengen visa application form
- evidence of travel plans & accommodation
- travel / medical insurance
- evidence of your studies in the UK (confirmation letter from King's College London which can be requested from a Student Services desk).
You should check the exact requirements with the Embassy of the country you are applying to, as the requirements can vary slightly by country.
If you would like to find more information about travelling in the Europe, a good reference can be UKCISA guide on Schengen Visa