Passports & Visas
A passport is the most important document a student will have while traveling abroad. A passport identifies citizenship and is required in order to enter and return from almost every country in the world. If your student already owns a passport, check that it will be valid for the duration of their stay. Passports must be valid for at least 180 days beyond the end date of the program.
If your student does not already have a passport, apply for one early; the process could take 10-12 weeks or longer. You can download passport applications and get answers to most general questions on the U.S. State Department's passport page.
For more detailed information about the passport application process, see our passports page.
The student must determine whether or not they need a visa by either visiting the consular Website of their host country or getting information from the Office for International Programs. If a visa is required for the student's program, he/she should apply early. The student must have a passport before applying for a visa. To obtain a list of all the countries that require U.S. citizens to have a visa, see the U.S. Department of State's foreign entry requirements page.
- National Passport Information Center (NPIC) Phone (toll free): 877.487.2778
- U.S. Department of State