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Passports

A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify United States passports. (Excerpt from the U.S. State Deptartment's Passport website.)

For international travel it is typically required that the passport expiration date be at least 6 months after the date of intended return.The student needs to make sure to check the expiration date on their passport early to be sure that they will have time to order a new one if necessary.

Getting a Passport

To learn more about how to obtain a passport, including what documents and items must be presented with the passport application, please visit the U.S. State Department's website. The student may also visit a passport acceptance facility (sites can be found via the link above) to inquire about passports and apply for one.

The nearest facility to apply for a passport is located on campus at the WildCat Passport Acceptance Facility. It takes approximately 4-6 weeks for regular processing from the time of application submission to receive your passport. If necessary, a student may pay additional fees to have your passport expedited. Expedited passport processing takes approximately 3 weeks from the time the application is submitted. If a student needs a passport very quickly, the best method may be to apply in-person at a U.S. Department of State Passport Agency. For more information please visit the U.S. Passports & International Travel website.

If a student is required to have a visa to enter the country where they will be studying, it is important for to understand the length of time needed to obtain both the passport and the visa. The student MUST have a valid passport before applying for a visa and each process can take a significant amount of time.

Visas

A visa is a stamp or document placed in your passport which authorizes the student to enter a particular country, for a specific purpose such as tourism or study. Some countries may require a visa for entry, others may not. Visa requirements vary from country to country and may vary according to your country of citizenship, purpose of travel and duration of your stay. It is the responsibility of each student to determine if a visa is needed for a particular education abroad program.

International Students

International students who are studying abroad must meet with their International Student Advisor, in the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at least one month before going abroad in order to ensure that all immigration paperwork is properly updated to protect legal immigration status in the United States. In addition to verifying requirements to maintain legal immigration status in the United States, it is the responsibility of each international student to determine if a visa is needed for a particular education abroad program and to follow the necessary procedures in obtaining the foreign visa. UK International Student and Scholar Services cannot assist in the processing of visas for countries other than the United States.


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Visa information only applies to US Citizens. Non-US Citizens may have different requirements.
*Note: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can be found under United Kingdom.

Getting a Visa

To determine whether or not a student may need a visa for the country or countries they plan to visit (or are passing through to get to the final destination), please refer to the U.S. Department of State. Visa information is located under the Entry/Exit requirements section of the country specific information sheets for each country. If the country requires a student visa, apply early as processing a visa can take several weeks or even months. Be aware that to get a visa for some countries a student may need to apply in person at the consulate or embassy nearest to them (depending on the state of residence).

The student will need to submit their passport in order to apply for a visa. The students passport will be held for the duration of the visa application process by the consulate. Some students chose to use visa processing services to process their visas. These organizations provide support services and expedited service if needed. One such visa processing organization is A Briggs, which offers a 20% discount to UK students, but there are many others available as well.

Some countries may also require students to obtain a Residence Permit to allow them to stay for longer than 90 days in the host country. Make sure to check whether or not you need a visa or Residence Permit well in advanced of departing for the host country. Students may also be required to register with the local authorities upon arrival in their host country or obtain additional travel documentation to remain in the country legally.

Argentina

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Argentina if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Argentina Embassy website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Australia

U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Australia and have a passport valid for at least 6 months from the anticipated date of return. Please consult the Australian government immigration website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Austria

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Austria if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Austrian Embassy website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa

Belgium

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Belgium if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Belgian Embassy website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Belize

U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa for participation less than 30 days. Please consult the Belizean Embassy website? for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Bonaire

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Bonaire if staying less than 30 days. Please consult the Bonaire Embassy website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Botswana

U.S. Passport holders are not required to obtain a visa. Non-U.S. passport holders must investigate the visa regulations on the website of the Embassy of Botswana as well as the associated regulations for their current U.S. student visa.

Brazil

U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Brazil. Please consult the Brazilian Embassy website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Cambodia

U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Cambodia. Please consult the Cambodian Embassy website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Canada

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Canada if staying less than 180 days. Please consult the Canadian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Chile

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Chile if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Chilean Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

China

U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into China. Please consult the Chinese Embassy for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Costa Rica

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Costa Rica if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Costa Rican Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Cuba

U.S. passport holders must obtain a visa for entry into Cuba. Please consult the Cuban Embassy for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa. .

Cyprus

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Cyprus if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Cyprus Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Czech Republic

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Czech Republic if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Czech Republic Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Denmark

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Denmark if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Danish Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Dominican Republic

U.S. passport holders must obtain a student visa for the Dominican Republic. Please consult the Dominican Republic Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Ecuador

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Ecuador if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Ecuadorian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa

Finland

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Finland if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Finnish Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

France

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into France if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the French Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Germany

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Germany if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the German Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Ghana

U.S. passport holders need to obtain a visa for entry into Ghana. Please consult the Ghanaian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Greece

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Greece if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Greece Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa

Guatemala

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Guatemala if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Guatemala Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Hong Kong

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Hong Kong if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Hong Kong Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa

Hungary

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Hungary if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Hungarian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Iceland

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Iceland if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Icelandic Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

India

U.S. passport holders need to obtain a visa for entry into India. Please consult the Indian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Indonesia

U.S. passport holders need to obtain a visa for entry into Indonesia. Please consult the Indonesian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Ireland

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Ireland if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Irish Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Israel

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Israel if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Israel Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Italy

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Italy if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Italian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Jamaica

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Jamaica if staying less than 6 months. Please consult the Jamaican Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Japan

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Japan if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Japanese Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Jordan

U.S. passport holders need to obtain a visa for entry into Jordan upon arrival. Please consult the Jordan Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Kenya

U.S. passport holders need to obtain a visa for entry into Kenya. Please consult the Kenyan Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Krygyzstan

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Krygyzstan if staying less than 60 days. Please consult the Krygystan Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Latvia

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Latvia if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Latvian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Malaysia

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Malaysia if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Malaysian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Mexico

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Mexico if staying less than 180 days. Please consult the Mexican Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Mongolia

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Mongolia if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Mongolian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Morocco

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Morocco if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Moroccan Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Netherlands

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Netherlands if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Netherlands Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

New Zealand

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into New Zealand if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the New Zealand Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Nicaragua

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Nicaragua if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Nicaragua Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

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Panama

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Panama if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Panama Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Peru

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Peru if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Peru Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Poland

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Poland if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Poland Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

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Russia

U.S. passport holders need to obtain a visa for entry into Russia. Please consult the Russian Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Senegal

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Senegal if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Senegal Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Singapore

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Singapore if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Singapore Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

South Africa

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into South Africa if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the South African Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

South Korea

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into South Korea if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the South Korean Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Spain

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Spain if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Spanish Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Sweden

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Sweden if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Swedish Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Switzerland

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Switzerland if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Swiss Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Taiwan

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Taiwan if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Taiwan Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Tanzania

U.S. passport holders need to obtain a visa for entry into Tanzania. Please consult the Tanzania Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Thailand

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Thailand if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Thailand Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Trinidad Tobago

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Trinidad Tobago if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Trinidad Tobago Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Turkey

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into Turkey if staying less than 90 days. Please consult the Turkish Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

UAE

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into UAE if staying less than 30 days. Please consult the UAE Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

Uganda

U.S. passport holders need to obtain a visa for entry into Uganda. Please consult the Uganda Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)

U.S. passport holders do not need to obtain a visa for entry into the United Kingdom if staying less than 180 days. Please consult the United Kingdom Government website for more information. Students should pay careful attention to the amount of time required to obtain the visa.

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