Student Visa Question (need answer kinda fast)

Hey guys, I have a question about studying overseas. My German professor has told us of an opportunity to study in Austria for two weeks. I want to take advantage of this as even sven astutely points out: take advantage of any/all opportunities NOW, while in school, as you will never have opportunities like this again once you graduate.

The link to the program is here

Anyway, I have my essay written, my letters of recommendation are in order, and I signed all necessary waivers. HOWEVER, there is the issue of whether or not I need to get a student visa since the trip is only for two weeks.

I went to the Austrian visa site found here and it states: " If you are planning to stay in Austria or in the Schengen Area for a period of more than 90 days up to six months, you will find important information here:

Visa requirements
Applications forms
Practical references to the application process "

I am not going to be over there for a period of “more than 90 days”, so my question is, do I even need to apply for a student visa in this case? I approached the Global Environmental Center at my school (who is the liaison for this program) and they pretty much told me that I’m on my own as far as researching whether or not I need one at all.

Anyone have any advice they can give me? I’m a complete greenhorn when in comes to this stuff. Only time I was ever out of the country was when I went to Canada when I was 8 years old.

“Students from the U.S. and Canada, who participate in an academic exchange program or a Fulbright Scholar program (students, researchers, professors, language assistants) and are a citizen of one of the visa-exempt countries (find a list of all countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program at, do not require a visa for a stay up to 90 days.”

Awesome! Thanks, Ravenman. I was wondering how I was going to afford taking a day off of work and school to get to the visa offices (Embassy, Consulate?) in NYC. One less headache to stress over.

Thanks again, brother.

Of course. Enjoy your program!