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Request a Schengen Visa Letter

If you want to go travelling in Europe but need a visa, we can help

If you’re studying in the UK on a student visa and want to travel to Europe while you’re here, you’ll need a travel visa. A large number of European countries are part of a free movement area call the Schengen Area, this means that you’ll only need to apply for one visa to visit as many of those countries as you like!

The countries which make up the Schengen Area are:

Austria Belgium Czech Republic Denmark
Estonia Finland France Germany
Greece Hungary Iceland Italy
Latvia Lithuania Luxembourg Malta
Netherlands Norway Poland Portugal
Slovakia Slovenia Spain Sweden

How can I request a Schengen Visa Letter to support my application?

As part of your application, you’ll need a letter from us to prove that you’re fully enrolled as a student. This letter contains the same information as your Student Status Certificate but it will also include the address of the embassy that you’re applying to - if we don’t include this information, it is likely to be rejected.

To request this letter, simply fill out our quick online request form. Please make sure that you include the full name and address of the embassy you’re applying to in the request!

We aim to process all requests for this letter within one to two working days.

You can ask to collect the letter as soon as it’s ready from the Student Services Centre, or we can post it to you or send it via email to your Royal Holloway email account.

Top tip

We recommend that you don’t make the appointment at the embassy until you have received the letter from us. 

Find out more about the Schengen Visa scheme

You can find more information about how the Schengen visa system works on our International Student Support Office website.