Apply for a Passport
If you are applying for a passport for the first time, you must go in person to one of the 7,000 passport acceptance facilities located throughout the U.S. You will need to bring two photographs of yourself, proof of U.S. citizenship (typically a birth certificate) and a valid form of photo identification (such as a driver’s license). The total fee for a first time passport is approximately $105.00.

You also need to apply in person if your expired U.S. passport is not in your possession, if your current U.S. passport has been lost or stolen, if your previous U.S. passport has expired and was issued more than 15 years ago or if your previous U.S. passport was issued when you were under the age of 16. For more information, visit the U.S. Department of State’s website regarding passports and how to apply for one.

NOTE: If you already have a valid passport, make sure that it will be valid through the end of your time abroad, leaving time for travel. Some countries require that your passport be valid for several months after your planned stay, so check with appropriate embassies.


Information on Visas
Most countries require visitors who plan to study abroad to obtain visas before entering. Check with the embassy of the foreign country where you plan to study for up-to-date visa and other entry requirements. If you plan to visit additional countries during, before or after your study abroad program, also check with the embassies of these countries for the visa and other entry requirements.

Additional Resources on getting a US Visa