This is hard! Hard for international students who is away from their friends and family. If you have been away from your family for a long time and studying abroad in UK here sometimes your job, pressure from school, exams, assignment could make you feel so tired.
And this is summer 2013. So better try to get rid off this burden life and explore the beautiful europe (Schengen country). Maybe you already have planned something with your friends. Last winter (Feb-March) I went to France & Germany myself for 3 days trip. Trust me it was refreshing and I enjoyed a lot after a short trip.
Now you may ask how to get a Schengen visa. Lets make it clear for you. I will give you step by step guide.
Step 1: Decide which country (France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Portugal, Switzerland etc) or maybe multiple country then ask a Holiday letter or Visa letter from your University or college where you are studying as a full time student.
Step 2: Destination selected. Now plan your journey time. Make sure you plan your journey time when only you get holiday from your school or a short weekend plan where you don’t need any holiday.
Step 3: Now time to prepare your maintenance funds or supporting funds. Usually all Schengen country would like to see you have sufficient money to travel and return. So better to prepare at least £900 for 5/6 days trip for 1 month bank statement.
Step 5: Here we go. Booking time. You must book returned air/coach/train ticket plus hotel or accommodation. So you can book everything from online or if you need further assistance please feel free to seek my help.
Step 6. All above 5 steps done! Now application time. Most of the Schengen country application and appointment schedule has to be done by online. So do it. Remember all countries have different online application address. Google it & find it. As simple as it is.
Step 7: Application done! Wait few weeks usually all consulate takes 2 weeks to approve or reject your visa. Depends on country based. Some countries applicant might need extra verification. Approved your visa! Well done. Time to fly. Good luck
Please note the above mentioned guide is my own personal experience. If you see theres some step or things missing then please accept my apologies. It might I forgot to add it now or I don’t know 😉