In mid-March 2020, the United States completely closed its border with Spain. Since then, high school and university students have spent a year and a half without being able to cross the Atlantic to complete their studies, which hundreds of young people did to master their English and discover another culture before the Covid-19.
But the wait is over. On November 8, the United States will open the doors to Spain and 32 other countries, allowing entry to anyone who wishes to travel for tourism, study or work, even if their stays are short. .
ASTEX Overseas School Year Director Anna Pedriro explains to readers of La Vanguardia what to document for young people who want to complete their education in the United States.
After the Covid-19
What visa do I need to get if I go to study in the United States?
During that year and a half of the pandemic, the United States accepted entry only to Spaniards who worked for an American company or students who had proven that they were going to study for at least 12 months in a school or university. university in the United States. .
However, starting next week, all students who wish to complete a semester or semester to complete their undergraduate studies will be able to enter on a student visa, which must be done in person at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid. .
Previously, the student had to request an appointment online at the embassy and choose an interview date based on availability. There, 5 basic documents must be submitted to obtain a student visa.
5 essential documents
A document issued by the school or university confirming the student’s acceptance in the center. It is a certificate which provides information on the duration of the stay and the place where the center authorizes the student to be under its supervision. If it is a business visa, it is the company that must make this document. In addition, the educational center had previously registered him with immigration for the embassy to accept.
Form D-660By Internet, the student enters the code of the educational center, the data, the security questions, the reason for the trip …
proof of payment visa fees (between $ 200 and $ 300).
passport complete and updated
Photography To obtain a visa
Should I get vaccinated, submit a PCR report and be quarantined?
Upon arrival in the United States, the student must submit a negative covid test. If you have been vaccinated, you must also prove that you have been vaccinated with both doses of any vaccine recognized by the World Health Organization. In this sense, the EU Covid-19 passport is an appropriate document for entry.
If a student decides not to be vaccinated, in addition to submitting a PCR test, they will be forced to self-quarantine for at least 7 days.
freedom of movement
Online or face-to-face courses? Will I be able to travel to another country?
Despite Americans maintaining a safe distance, mask, and other precautions so they don’t get infected on their school campuses, presence has returned to the classroom. Although some universities are flexible and can follow a semi-attendance, as is the case with many Spanish diplomas and masters.
Will I be able to travel to another state during my stay? naturally. Once a student enters the country, there is no distinction between countries. As well as the entrance for family visits, as the borders are also open for tourist trips.
What level of English do I need to study at an American university?
Before applying for admission to a university, it is important to know the basics of what is required and what the best institutions are.
American universities always ask students for whom English is not the mother tongue to test their level in this language in order to be able to continue the courses.
TOELF and IELTS are the tests accepted by most universities and colleges the United States. But it is important to check in advance which level tests are accepted at the host university and which will benefit me more than my result.
Prepare your English
Online English Course – Level B1 European Training and Qualification Institute
Advanced English Course, Dyn Institute
Online English Course – Level B2 European Training and Qualification Institute
What medical insurance should I take out?
It is recommended that you obtain medical insurance from a US company. Most often, the college or university the student is visiting indicates the type of health insurance they choose, or directly offers the insurance they work with.
American insurance with full coverage typically costs around a thousand dollars for a stay of about 10 months. It would be $ 100 per month.
Study in the United States
What scholarships can I apply for?
Universities can be public or private. The offer of diplomas and programs is enormous, as is the diversity of aid to finance studies. It is more economically accessible than universities colleges, public centers in the provinces designated to provide higher education, as well as all kinds of formal and unorganized training courses.
Scholarships for Athletes are the most comprehensive and common in the United States, and many Spaniards travel on scholarships to American universities during the four years of their graduation.
Another well-known option in Spain are the scholarships of the Amancio Ortega Foundation, which after Covid-19, the program resumed its activity recalling 400 new scholarships for the academic year 2022-2023.
And if you want to continue your postgraduate training, a Fulbright scholarship is a good option, although students must first demonstrate academic excellence through a lengthy selection process.