Passports & visas
A U.S. (or home country) passport is needed to enter and return from just about every country in the world. As soon as students decide to study abroad they should apply for a passport. For details visit U.S. Department of State Passport Services
If this is your first passport you must apply for a passport in person at one of the offically licensed locations. Currently (as of 7/09), the cost for a new passport is $100.00.
Renewal passports can be completed by mail if you fit the following criteria:
*Already have a passport that is not damaged
*Received it within the past 15 years
*Were over age 16 when it was issued
*Still have the same name as in passport (or you can legally document your name change).
U.S. Department of State Passport Services
A visa is an offical stamp issued by a foreign government granting permission to enter, study, or live in that particular country. Students should check with their country's embassy in Washington, D.C. or consular offices to see if a visa is required for their study abroad location.
It is important to begin this process of obtaining a visa as soon as you know of your plans to study abroad. It may take 4-8 weeks to obtain all the proper documentation for a student visa. A passport is required in order to begin the process of obtaining a visa.
Costs of visas vary from country to country. Check the embassy or consulate for your study abroad location for specific details.