Czech Republic Passport and Visa Information
To study abroad, you must have a signed, valid passport from your country of citizenship that will not expire for a minimum of 6 months after your planned return date. If you do not have a passport, or it's about to expire, make sure you apply or renew as soon as possible! US Citizens can refer to the US Department of State's website for more information regarding passports.
A student visa is official permission by a foreign government to live and study in that country. It typically comes in the form of a stamp that is inserted directly into your passport. All US passport holders studying for a semester or yearlong term are required to obtain a student visa prior to departure. This process can take 2–3 months or longer to complete. During this time, the consulate will have your actual passport while your visa is processed. Traveling internationally prior to the start of your study abroad program will interfere with your visa application process.
We offer free group visa submissions for students whose permanent address is in the jurisdictions of the Chicago, New York, Washington DC, and Los Angeles consulates of the Czech Republic. Coordinating group submissions with these consulates is a complex process; our ability to submit group batches of visa applications in a given jurisdiction may change with little notice and is outside of USAC's control. If the status of a group submission changes, you will be notified as soon as possible by your Program Advisor. Students outside these jurisdictions are responsible for submitting their own applications. Information and assistance with this process is still provided by your Program Advisor and through your Gateway account.
Further information will be posted to your USAC Student Gateway account in the Visa Guide, which you will receive about four months prior to the program start). Program Advisors in the Central Office are also available to answer any visa questions you may have.
All costs related to obtaining a visa, including travel, are your responsibility.
Check with your home country consulate, as well as the embassy of the country in which you plan to study, regarding visa requirements. Permanent Residents of the US should check with US Immigration as leaving the country for more than one year may jeopardize permanent resident status. Tax clearance and re-entry forms may also be necessary in these cases.
Non-US citizens are required to make an in person appearance at the Czech consulate if they are applying to a US consulate for their visa.