Pursuing higher studies abroad is a dream for many! However, besides applying for a course at your favorite institution, there are several other things that you need to understand before confirming an admission.

If you are visiting a foreign country to study, you need to have a valid student visa.

Therefore, if you are planning to study abroad, you need to know how to apply for a student visa first.

Process to apply for a Student Visa

Depending on the country you have chosen for your abroad study or the type of course, the student visa varies. However, applying for one is not difficult, thanks to lenient immigration laws for international students in most countries.

While the documentation and charges for student visas differ with countries, the application process remains almost the same for all. You can apply for this particular visa both online and offline:

  • Online: Students need to create a student profile and fill up the required form to apply for a student visa online.
  • Offline: Students need to download the application form, fill it up duly and submit it to the authority in charge of student visa.

No matter which country you are from, you need to follow almost the same procedure to apply for a student visa. However, you also need to submit the necessary documents alongside.

For instance, if you are applying for a student visa from Nepal, you need to furnish the following documents:

  • Letter of acceptance from university or college abroad
  • English proficiency test score, financial and health documents
  • Scholarship certificate (if any)

Note that the documents can vary depending on the country and types of it.

The top 5 countries Indian students prefer to study are the USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. Besides knowing how to apply for a student visa, you should also know the types offered by different countries.

Types of student visas for different countries

Country Types of Visa
USA F-1 student visa

J1 exchange visitor student visa

M-1 Vocational or Non-Academic student visa

UK Tier 4 (child)

Standard Visitor

Tier 4 (general)

Short term study

Australia Independent ELICOS Visa

Vocational Education and Training Sector Visa

Higher Education Sector Visa

Postgraduate Research Sector Visa

New Zealand Fee Paying Student Visa

Exchange Student Visa

Foreign Government Supported Student Visa

Pathway Student Visa


Note that some countries also charge some fees while processing your application. The charges mainly depend on the country and type of student visa you opted for.

Now that you know how to apply for a student visa from any country, in that case, book an appointment at SIEC for free consultation. We help you choose the best institution and the perfect curriculum for you in any foreign country you want! Fill up the form and get a call back from us soon! For more info contact with us @ 9779046382.

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