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Study Abroad in The Czech Republic Without Student Visa

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How can I study abroad in the Czech Republic without a Student Visa?

Hello Ross,

I understand your predicament well: you want to study abroad in the Czech Republic but your program is going to last longer than the time allowed by your Schengen visa. This is a very common situation, and many study abroad students are having a difficult go at this.

What does your host university recommend that you do? They are probably use to receiving American students, and can probably guide you in the best direction.

I only see three options, which follow in order from best to worst:

  1. Wait to study abroad until the next semester, and apply for a student visa in the meantime. I do not know if your university has any capstone requirements that say that you have to be on your home campus for your last semester, but you may want to look into flip flopping your study abroad semester with your final semester at home. This is the best option.
  2. Travel to the Czech Republic and only study for 90 days or take a trip outside the zone in the middle of the semester so that you can add those days onto the the end of it (which may be difficult to arrange with your school, especially since many universities in Europe erroneously tell their foreign students that they can overstay their visas).
  3. Overstay your visa and take a chance at being banned from the entire Schengen zone for 3 to 5 years. /li>

My advice is to wait to study in the Czech Republic until you can obtain the proper visa or search for a study abroad program that will not exceed the bounds of the Schengen visa — a month could be enough time to switch programs.

I hope this helps. If you have any more questions or would like to add anything to this, please comment below.

Thank you.

Walk Slow,

Wade

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Original question about studying abroad in the Czech Republic

Hello,
I am going to be studying in the Czech Republic in the near future. I was under the impression that my stay was going to be exactly 85 days. So I never felt the need to apply for a Student Visa. However, I was just informed that I cannot receive the credits unless I complete a follow up course pushing my total stay to about 120 days. I AM planning on taking a trip to London on or around day 50 of my stay in the Czech Republic. My return trip has me connecting through either Warsaw, Frankfurt, or Munich where I will board a plane from there to the USA. I only have about 30 days until I leave and a student visa is NOT an option because they take my passport in the registration process. What are the odds that I get in trouble here? I just want to study in the homeland of my ancestors and return home in time to finish the LAST semester of my college career.

Thanks a lot,
Ross

How can I study abroad in the Czech Republic without a Student Visa?

Do you have a Schengen visa question?

If so, then take a look at our Schengen visa community forum. It’s a community just for people who have questions or concerns related to Europe’s Schengen immigration zone.
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