The Schengen Zone is made up of 26 countries, not all of which are members
of the EU. The Schengen Zone was formed to allow unrestricted movement of
people across the borders of the countries opted in.
These are the 26 countries in the Schengen Zone:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain,
Sweden, and Switzerland.
FAQs about ETIAS
Can I use ETIAS to study in Europe?
The purpose of an ETIAS is to allow holders to travel to countries in the Schengen
area for leisure, tourism or business purposes, for a period of no longer than
90 consecutive days. Studying is not one of the permitted travel purposes under
an ETIAS, although the traveler may attend a short course.
ETIAS holders are able to attend conferences, summits, workshops and seminars
for example but cannot enrol on a college or university course in the Schengen Area.
People who are considering which university they want to apply for may use the ETIAS
to visit different universities in order to help them to make their decision.
When attending a university or college in Europe, students will need to apply
for a student visa for their time in their chosen place of study.
Can I attend a Conference in Europe with ETIAS?
Attending a conference, seminar or convention is possible with an ETIAS.
Anyone traveling to the Schengen Area after the launch of the ETIAS visa waiver
program will require an ETIAS if they originate from a
country that requires the ETIAS.
Events such as professional workshops and other meetings for scholars will be accepted under
the travel purposes for an ETIAS visa. Brief training sessions are also permissible
under the terms of the ETIAS.
Can I study a Degree in Europe with ETIAS?
No, the ETIAS is only for visits to the Schengen Area that are limited to 90 consecutive
days. Students who wish to study in Europe for a degree would be required to apply
for a student visa instead.
The ETIAS does allow students to visit their prospective universities prior to the start
of their study, to help decide which place to study to attend. The ETIAS allows
the holder to visit the different countries in the Schengen Area, so the ETIAS
holder could visit multiple universities in several different countries.
To apply for a student visa, the applicant will be required to make an
appointment with the embassy or consulate and must provide all of the required documents.