A Quick Guide to the Visa Application Process for MBA and Master’s Students

Most students will need a visa to study in another country

Applying for a student visa can be one of the most difficult parts of the university application process for international students. Faced with complicated paperwork, regulations, and procedures, it can be easy to be confused and discouraged. 


This is especially true for students considering the IBSA Dual Degree Master’s Program, who have to navigate the unique visa application process for two different countries.


Once you get started, however, the process is relatively straightforward, and you should not experience any problems securing the visas you need to complete your MBA. Read on to find out more.

Getting Started on Your International Visa Application

The most important thing you must do when applying for a student visa is start early. Most countries will need you to apply at least 3 months before your program starts in order to process your application. You can’t start your studies without a valid student visa! Therefore make an appointment for the visa application as soon as you’ve got your notification of admission.


Fortunately, the staff at IBSA and our partner universities are here to help and will be happy to guide you through the specific process for your chosen study destinations and answer any questions you may have.

Remember That Every Country Has Different Student Visa Rules

The most important thing to remember when looking to apply for a student visa is that each country has its own specific process and rules. This means that everything from the documentation you are expected to provide to the travel and work restrictions of your visa will vary greatly from country to country. 


Even in EU member states, such as Spain and Germany, the systems are very different, and you should try to do as much research as possible before applying to make sure you are getting the correct information.


The rules may also vary depending on which country you are coming from, as some countries have special relationships with others. Germany, for instance, has agreements with a number of countries around the world—including the USA, Brazil, South Korea, and Australia — which means that students do not need to obtain a visa to study there, and can simply apply for a residency permit instead. Students from countries in the EU are also free to study in any member state without a visa.

Common Visa Requirements for International Students

While each country has some unique rules, a number of the requirements will be similar. For example, each of the countries where IBSA students can pursue their MBA Master’s Program require you to provide a valid passport and photos, as well as some form of proof that you have been accepted to study at your chosen university.


Most countries will also want proof that you have the financial resources to support yourself during your studies, and may need you to have some form of health insurance. Certain countries, such as Spain, will also require you to submit a medical certificate to prove that you are in good physical and mental health.

Visa Restrictions on Seeking Work after Your MBA Master’s Program

Since many dual degree Master’s program students might be hoping to seek employment in the country they have been studying in once they graduate, it is worth examining some of the restrictions different countries have in this area.


Again, each country has very different rules. Germany, for example, is very welcoming towards international students, and allows them to stay in the country for up to 18 months after they graduate in order to look for employment.


Other countries are stricter. Students in the UK must leave within four months of graduating unless they can secure work and submit a new visa application, while students in the USA have just 60 days to leave the United States after completing their course.

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