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Passport and Visa Information

Applying for a Passport

  • IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A PASSPORT, you should apply for one as soon as possible.
  • IF YOUR PASSPORT WILL EXPIRE BEFORE THE END OF YOUR PERIOD OF TRAVEL,you should renew it now.
  • IF YOUR PASSPORT WILL EXPIRE LESS THAN SIX MONTHS AFTER YOUR EXPECTED DATE OF ARRIVAL AT YOUR FOREIGN DESTINATION, you should renew it now.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Most countries require at least six months of validity on your passport from your date of arrival. This does vary in some countries, however. Please be sure to check the passport policies for your specific destination on the U.S. Department of State's International Travel Page: http://travel.state.gov/travel/travel_1744.html

For all information about passports, please visit the US Department of State's Passport website.

There you will find information about:

 

 

 

Applying for a Visa

***Please note that these are general guidelines. Information may vary on a country-by-country basis.

  • You will first need to determine whether or not you need a visa. The rules are clearly spelled out on the Department of State website. In most cases, students who are away 90 or more days will need a visa.
  • If you are going on an exchange program, the international university will provide you with some kind of documentation that will accompany the visa paperwork you submit to apply for your visa. This might be a form or a letter-it will vary by country.
  • Students going on third party programs need to work through the company they are traveling with. International Affairs will help students going to our exchange partner institutions obtain the documentation they need from the international school.
  • Our students bear the responsibility and any expenses related to getting this visa. You might be required to submit documentation and paperwork in person at an embassy and that will require a trip to DC (again, see the information on the department of state website).
  • You should not delay in getting visa applications submitted. It might be the case that you have to submit your passports with the paperwork. In this case, you need to make a copy of the passport picture page for our files before you send off the passports for visa purposes.