Student Visa Abroad - Fees, Requirements, Intakes and top universities

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Studying abroad can be an exciting experience but comes with challenges and uncertainties. One such challenge is getting a student visa.  But these uncertainties are often outweighed by the benefits the student gets while pursuing education overseas. 

This article covers all the important points about Student Visas for studying abroad.

What is a Student Visa?

A student visa is a non-immigrant visa given to international students. In some countries, this visa is also called a study permit. This visa permits prospective students to study at a qualified educational institution in the respective country.

Why Study Abroad?

  1. You will have access to a better form of education.

  2. You can find better employment opportunities.

  3. Opportunity to create a better future

  4. Experience a whole new different culture and place.

  5. Learn a new language

Challenges and uncertainties of studying abroad

  1. Getting used to currency, climate and time-zone differences

  2. Overcoming the language barrier

  3. Financial and monetary problems

  4. Coping with cultural misunderstandings

  5. Fear of missing out on your close ones

  6. Managing academic expectations

What are the intakes of a student visa?

Intakes, also called semesters are the periods during which universities accept new students. These intakes differ from country to country.

Let us have a look at the intake of popular student destinations.

Upcoming Intakes to study in the USA in 2023

  • August to December (Fall term)

  • January to April (Spring term)

  • May to August (Summer term)

Upcoming Intakes to study in Canada in 2023

  • September (Fall intake)

  • January (Winter intake)

  • May (Spring intake)

Upcoming Intakes to study in Australia in 2023

  • Semester 1: Late February/early March to late May/early June

  • Semester 2: Late July/early August to November

Upcoming Intakes to study in European countries in 2023



























What are the top universities for study abroad?

USA Top 10 universities

  • Harvard University

  • Stanford University

  • The University of Chicago

  • Princeton University

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Yale University

  • California Institute of Technology

  • The University of California - Berkeley Campus

    Canada Top 6 universities

  • McGill University

  • University of Toronto

  • University of Sherbrooke

  • The University of British Columbia

  • McMaster University

  • University of Alberta

Australia Top 10 Universities

  • The University of Melbourne

  • The University of Queensland

  • The University of Sydney

  • The University of Western Australia

  • Australian National University

  • Monash University

  • University of New South Wales

Top 10 European countries

  • University of Cambridge, UK

  • The University of Edinburgh

  • Heidelberg University, Germany

  • Technical University of Munich, Germany

  • Sorbonne University, France

  • University of Amsterdam, Holland

  • University College London, UK

  • King’s College London

  • Ludwig Maximilians University Munich, Germany

  • Ecole Polytechnique, France

  • Eindhoven University of Technology, Holland

  • University of Oxford, UK

The documents required for a student visa are:

  • Valid passport

  • Proof of being a bonafide student

  • Payment receipts for universities

  • 2-3 State of purpose letters (SOPs) and Letter of Recommendations (LORs)

  • Educational documents

Your 10th and 12th mark sheets. Transcripts and provisional certificates of the degree if you have completed one.

  • Proof of funds

  • Bank statements

  • Loan approval letter if any

  • Scholarship letters if any

  • Affidavit of support

  • Language proficiency results 

IELTS, TOEFL, PTE and GMAT score cards.

  • GPF/EPF statement

  • Property evaluation report

  • CA certificate

  • Loan capability certificate

  • Bank letters

How Much Does it Cost to Get a Student Visa?

The cost of applying for a student visa varies from country to country


  • Service fee of around Rs. 25702 INR ($350 dollars) 

  • Application fee of around Rs. 11750 ($160)  for F, J, and M type of student visa

  • Sevis fee for an exchange visitor is around Rs 16160 ($220)

For UK 

  • General UK Student Visa Fee is around Rs 33,036.26 (348 Pound sterling)

  • Short term student visa fee is Rs 9210 for 6 months (98 Pound sterling) and Rs 17,700 (186 pound sterling) for 11 month visa 

      For Canada

     For Australia

Cost of applying for Australia student visa is around Rs 32,600 (AU$620)

    For Germany

Germany student visa fee is Rs 6500 (75 Euros).

How Long Does it Take to Get a Student Visa?

Processing time for getting a student visa varies from country to country.


USA student visa processing time is between 3 days to few weeks.

For Canada

Canada study visa processing time is around 20-90 days.

For Australia

Australia student visa processing may take more than 4 weeks or even higher because of the high number of applicants.

For Germany

German student visa processing time might take around 6-12 weeks or even higher.

Consult our nearest Overseas Educational Consultant in Hyderabad to Know more and to apply for Student Visa.