Visas for Private Study
I am from the U.S. I want to travel to the Schengen Zone in particular or Europe. I know some countries such as South Korea will grant you an extended visa if you're coming to learn about culture or some other specific area of study, and this does not have to be through a University program. I am wondering if any countries in the EU offer such a visa as well. I want to study with a private violin teacher in Italy who is just awesome. I also want to study with other teachers in Finland and the Netherlands. Has anyone ever been granted an extended visa for private study not through a University or community program?
How long do you intend to stay? For months or for years, and if years, how many years? Do you intend to work or study, other than your private lessons?
Do you have specific teachers in mind?
Up to six months you dont really need a visa. If your studying period is inferior to that, dont even bother with the paperwork.
Britain is not in the Schengen area, even before Brexit....
If you're a U.S. citizen, you get 90 days out of a 180 day period in the Schengen area visa-free. If you can work something out within that time frame it would be easiest.
Bruno is incorrect. You only get 90 days as a tourist. You don't want to overstay; you run the significant risk of making it harder to travel to Europe in the future if you're caught, which is highly likely.