Visa information

A travel visa is an official document that shows you’re allowed to enter a specific country, for a specific length of time, to do a specific activity.

Depending on your nationality and the country you’re visiting, you may require a visa prior to travel. Some visa information may be provided in the opportunity advert. The DMU Global pre-departure information session will also provide further information about visas and how to obtain one. However, please be reminded that students are responsible for finding out whether they require a visa, and if so, obtaining this. We would encourage you to look into this as soon as you have been offered a place on an overseas opportunity. 

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. As mentioned below, failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).

Visa application

Before making a visa application, there are a number of important things that you need to consider as part of the process…

  • Application processing times – check the estimated processing times, which are not always guaranteed in busy periods, to ensure you allow enough time for your visa application. Processing times may vary dependent on your nationality or religious or national holidays observed by the embassy.
  • Obtaining necessary documentation – make sure you have all of the information necessary to complete the application form. The embassy website/application should contain a list of all the documents that you will need as a part of the process.
  • Cost – in addition to any visa application or processing fees, you may also need to consider the cost of travel to attend appointments (and overnight stay if necessary) or any associated delivery costs if the application is processed via post.
  • Passport validity – ensure that your passport is valid and meets the requirements of the country you are obtaining a visa for.
  • Previous visas – if you have previously overstayed a visa you could be refused future visas. If you have been refused a visa previously and the reason is still relevant, you would be likely to be refused again e.g. criminal record. 

Please note that you are responsible for obtaining your visa. If you fail to be granted a visa in time for your opportunity, you will be liable for any costs incurred. This will also include repaying any DMU Global funding you have received. 

Visa support

If you require further support or visa advice, please take the following actions

Visa advice sessions

We run the following advice sessions for students needing a Schengen visa or US visa. These will provide information about applying for a visa, and the documents and evidence required. Simply choose the session that suits you, and turn up on the day. No prior registration is necessary.

SessionDateTime of sessionLocation
US entry requirementsWednesday 12 June12:30pm – 1:30pmThe Yard 1.06
Schengen visa requirementsWednesday 12 June12:30pm – 1:30pmThe Yard 1.05