One of the initial steps in preparing to study abroad is to obtain the necessary documents and forms. Obtaining certain documents can be a time consuming process; therefore, students should submit all documents in accordance with applicable deadlines.
If students have not already done so, they must immediately apply for a passport. U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest Passport Agency of the U.S. Department of State, or at some post offices. The U.S. Department of State’s website, provides instructions on how to obtain a passport. You may click here to obtain a printable passport application. Passports are mailed to the applicant two to four (4) weeks after the application has been received, and are valid for ten (10) years. Students should apply for a full passport rather than the card.
If a student has a passport that will expire within six (6) months of the end of the program, it must be renewed before travelling. Otherwise, it might be difficult to enter the country of destination, the student may be unable to apply for any necessary visas, or they may have to briefly surrender the passport while abroad, during which freedom to travel may be restricted.
Student Entry Visas
If a student plans to study abroad in a country that requires a student visa, he or she will be guided through the application process by the Center for Global Studies.
Additional document tips: Remember to retain several copies of the first page of your passport and visa in the case that the originals are lost overseas. Also, students must make photocopies of their passport, visa, ID cards, front and back of credit and debit cards to keep separate from originals while abroad. They should also scan copies of these documents and email a copy to themselves. As a parent or guardian, you should also have a valid passport in the unlikely event of an emergency.
Even though the Center for Global Studies will assist the student, it is important that they become familiar with the the requirements, since students need to gather all relevant personal information themselves. Students may, therefore, want to consult the U.S. government visa information website before making an appointment with the Center for Global Studies.