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Schengen Visa question
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I’m a US citizen. I’m going to be on a study abroad program in Spain for ten weeks from Sept. 10th, to around November 20th. The dates aren’t solid yet. But anyway, as I said, about ten weeks. I’m hoping to travel around Spain, Portugal, France, BeNeLux, Morocco, Switzerland, and Germany, for about 2-3 weeks on each side of that ten weeks, for a total of about 14-16 weeks in Europe. Except for Spain, I won’t be in any one of those countries longer than any other, roughly. Now, if I read correctly, all of those countries are Schengen implementors with the exception being Morocco. The Schengen lasts 90 days. I will be there a bit more than 90 days.

Do I need to apply for an extended visa?

If so, what’s the process that is involved with that?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Although I can’t give a definitive answer to your question, let me clarify, that Schengen agreement specifically applies to short (up to 90 days within a 180 day span) trips to member states. If you spend more then that, you are still supposed to apply for a single-country visa.
Morocco is not a member and Switzerland has signed but implemented the agreement yet either. If you total time in all the other countries will not exceed 90 days, you may not need a visa. It is a good idea though to have a proof of you leaving/reentering member area in case the length of your stay gets questioned.
Alternatively you may try to apply for a Spanish study visa. It will not, technically, allow you to travel to any other state. But you can still do so as a US citizen.
You may want to check with Spanish consulate, but do not expect them to be very helpful answering these types of questions.

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If I applied for a Spanish study visa, that would cover my time in Spain on the program, yes?  Could I then travel around Europe (and back into Spain when I left) on the Schengen visa?  Basically, if I was on the study visa from around september 1st to november 15th, and then i utilized my schengen visa for my travel afterward, would that work?  does that make sense?

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It does make sense, and probably will work. But to know for certain it is best to have someone with actual experience confirm it, or at least to inquire at a Spanish consulate.

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how do i contact the spanish consulate?

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how do i contact the spanish consulate?

Here’s the website for the spanish consulate in nyc
http://www.maec.es/c…

I am leaving from nyc with $2000 for 8 days
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www.state.gov would also be a good source of info.

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