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Passports & Visas

Passports

If you are planning to study abroad and you do not have a passport, you should start the application process as soon as possible.  The application process for a new passport can take from 4 to 6 weeks.

If you have a passport, be sure to check the expiration date.  It must be valid for six months beyond the date you expect to return from abroad.  The requirements for student visas vary from country to country, so allow sufficient time for processing your visa application.  This cannot be a last minute procedure.

Visas

Getting a visa is your responsibility.  Requirements for student visas vary from country to country.  Some countries also require proof of immunization in order to obtain your visa.  You can find out if you need a visa and learn about your specific requirements by checking with your study abroad program.  It is important to follow visa application directions precisely.  Consulates are very unforgiving if you are not prepared!

Most consulates require that you appear in person to obtain the visa.  Please be aware that the application process can take several weeks and in certain cases, there may be a limited window of opportunity to apply for the visa due to restrictions imposed by the consulate.  For example, some countries will not allow you to apply for your visa more than 60-90 days in advance of your departure.

If you have any questions, you can consult the Office of International Programs or contact your specific program for assistance.