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Study Abroad Visa Guide

To assist you with the process of obtaining a visa for your study abroad experience, we have compiled country-specific guidelines for some of the locations where UMD sponsors programs abroad. If you are participating in an affiliate/approved program and the country where you will study is not listed below, please contact your program sponsor for additional details.

Please note that these guidelines are prepared for student travelers holding U.S. passports studying for a period of one semester abroad unless otherwise noted. Information for non-U.S. citizens or travelers spending less than a semester abroad may be different. 

Visa and application information is subject to change by the regional authorities so you are responsible for checking the embassy website of the country you are traveling to to confirm the steps you should take. Additional guidelines and information may also be available through Travisa.

Special Considerations During COVID-19
As the world continues to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, many countries around the world are implementing travel restrictions and policies in the interest of public health and safety. Travel restrictions and policies have changed frequently throughout the pandemic so it is important to confirm COVID related requirements directly on the website of your destination country’s travel and immigration authority. Common requirements have included COVID testing prior to arrival, mandatory quarantine upon arrival, proof of vaccination, etc. It is your responsibility to make sure you are compliant with your destination country’s immigration requirements, including those that relate to COVID.  

Argentina - Students may independently apply for visas directly with the Consulate. For students in the Maryland-in-Buenos Aires program, visas will be managed in the country with the resident director. 
Brazil -
Guidelines provided by Travisa. Students may independently apply for visas directly with the Consulate.
Canada - No visa required for U.S. citizens studying on exchange for one-semester.
Germany- No visa required for U.S. citizens studying on UMD exchanges; once in-country, a residence permit is necessary
Hong Kong
Ireland - No visa required for U.S. citizens studying on UMD Exchanges
Mexico -
No visa required for U.S. citizens studying less than 180 days. Students will receive Forma Migratoria Múltiple / Multiple Immigration Form at the airport.
New Zealand
  - No visa required for U.S. citizens studying on UMD exchanges; entry permit provided upon arrival in Singapore
South Korea
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom

*Other countries not listed above - refer to Travisa

Optional Visa Processing Service through Travisa

Education Abroad is affiliated with Travisa, to provide visa processing services to students studying abroad. While Travisa is not able to assist for many long-term (over 90 days) visa processes, Travisa can be most helpful for US citizens going to a country that requires a visa to enter the country as a tourist (travel visa). They may also be able to support non-US citizens who need travel visas. UMD students can use Travisa's services at a deep discount off published fees only by visiting UMD's page on the Travisa website. Visa processing fees are paid directly to Travisa and are not included in your EA fees or study abroad program fee