A Schengen visa allows you to travel to 26 countries in the Schengen region of Europe. In order to get a Schengen visa, a cover letter is written by the visa applicant to the embassy where the documents of the visa application are submitted. This article touches all the points which you need to include in your cover letter. I will also attach a generic template that would be useful for students going through a Visa application process to pursue an internship. You can also use the template and modify it according to your visa type. A cover letter for a tourist visa would be slightly different.
The Schengen Visa cover letter must include:
- The Purpose of Your Travel
- Duration of Stay
- Accommodation Details During The Period
Finance is the most crucial point in the entire application. In order to get approval for the French Student Visa, you need to demonstrate that you can afford at least 615 Euros/month (Check for revised value). Usually, French labs pay around 550 Euros/month as stipend. So, if you are not receiving any other grants (say Charpak Lab Scholarship), then you need to mention that you are also being supported by parents/guardians.
Essential Read: Essential Documents For a Foreign Internship In Europe
Sample Cover Letter
Here is a sample cover letter I wrote for my visa application.
The Consulate General of France
Subject: Application for Student Schengen Visa
I am a junior undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology (Banaras Hindu University), Varanasi. I have to undergo a compulsory summer internship or training at a laboratory or industry as a part of my course curriculum. Biomechanics being my core area of research interest; I applied to the CNRS Lab at YYY University, France. I was accepted into the Lab for a summer internship from May 08 – July 31, 2017.
My project is on ‘mechatronics design of lower limb exoskeleton’ and it will be supervised by Dr. T.T. Rio and Dr. Hilary Christian. I will be receiving stipend of 546 Euros per month as per the French Labour Law during my internship period. Any additional expenditure will be borne by my parents. During this period, I will be staying in a private rented apartment and the ownership details are mentioned in the rental agreement document attached.
I am keen to pursue postgraduate study in Europe and this internship experience would add value to my profile. This internship experience will be a great learning opportunity for me and I am keen to make the most out of it. I look forward to a successful internship experience.
Passport No.: PxxxxxxDocuments submitted:
2. Income Tax certificates of parents
3. Bank account statements of last 6 months
4. Internship Offer Letter
5. Rental contract
In case you don’t have a rental contract at the time of application, you can mention that you are currently looking for accommodation. The Schengen visa authorities don’t make a lot of fuss about accommodation as long as you have enough means to sustain and a valid reason to visit the country.
Schengen student visa takes less than a week to process. However, for a safe side, you should apply at least 2 weeks before your departure. I hope this article proves to be useful.