Country Name: Kingdom of Spain
Area: 504,645 sq km
Capital city: Madrid
People: composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types
Language: 74% Castilian Spanish (official), 17% Catalan, 7% Galician, 2% Basque
Religion: 94% Roman Catholic, 6% other
I. Short stay (90 day maximum): NO Student Visa is required for US passport-holders, as well as for some other nationalities. If your nationality does not appear on this link, a visa is required.
II. Long stay (more than 90 days): A Student Visa is required for all nationalities, except citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
STUDENT VISAS must be applied for at the consulate with jurisdiction over his/her state of permanent residence. The Consulate General in Chicago has jurisdiction over the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. (The student must prove his/her residence with one of the following documents: U.S. Driver’s License, U.S. State ID Card or Voter’s Registration Card.)
STUDENT VISAS TAKE ALWAYS MORE THAN 6 WEEKS TO PROCESS. It is strongly recommended to apply as soon as possible—as early as three months in advance or earlier—to allow enough processing time. Applications will not be accepted, in principle, less than 4 weeks before the date of departure. THERE IS NO “RUSH” OR EXPEDITED SERVICE.