Visa Guidelines - South KoreaThe guidelines below apply to students studying in South Korea for a period of over 90 days or for one semester up to one academic year. Please contact Education Abroad if you have any questions.
Is a Visa Required for US Citizens studying abroad?
- Yes! US Passport Holders studying abroad for more than 90 days are required to apply for a D-2 Study Abroad visa in order to tner and stay in South Korea for the designated term of study.
- If you are not a US passport holder, please contact the Consular/Visa Service to see if you need a visa to enter South Korea based on your nationality.
- Cost: $45
The Korean visa application requires submitting a complete D-2 visa application either directly to the Korean Embassy. This requires an official letter of acceptance to your Korean host institution. If you are submitting your visa through the mail, include a return self-addressed Express Mail Envelope with pre-paid postage ($19.99). The visa processing time takes 4 business days, and you will be notified when your visa is ready for pick-up.
If you are a U.S. citizens who previously had Korean citizenship, or if either of your parents/grandparents were Korean, a five year valid multiple entry F-4 Visa may be issued; previous students have had to rescind their right to Korean citizenship at the consulate or complete the process for citizenship. If an F-4 visa is issues, until it expires, this visa permits the holder to stay up to 2 years each time he/she visits the Republic of Korea.
List of requirements
- A valid US passport + 1 copy of the information page
- 1 complete D-2 Visa Application Form + 1 copy
- 1 (one) recent 2x2 photo in US passport photo format
- Letter of Admission to Korean Host Institution
- Official bank/financial statements demonstrating financial self-support while abroad
- $45 (Cash or Money Order: Payable to the Korean Embassy)
- Proof of University of Maryland Registration
The student will need to complete the Visa Application Form, and assemble their visa application (see above).
- Assemble required documents and materials, including your passport, for the D-2 Visa application (see above).
- Option 1) Schedule an appointment at the Embassy of Korea. As a student of the University of Maryland, you are under the jurisdiction of the Embassy, even if your home state is under the jurisdiction of another Korean consulate.
- Option 2) Contact a visa courier service to deliver the complete visa application on your behalf. Note that this will require an additional processing fee.
- Once your visa has been processed, your passport will be mailed back to you with the D-2 Visa stamped inside.