All students must have a current and valid passport to participate in an international program.
Passport validity length requirements can vary by country, citizenship, and visa type, and it is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their passport is valid for the appropriate period of time based on the relevant requirements.
In most cases, a visa will be stamped inside or affixed to your passport. Most consulates require you to submit your passport along with your visa application, so please plan accordingly. Please see the "Visa Information" page for more information about visas for global experiences.
Yes, you are required to have a valid passport, as in most cases, a passport is used to certify your nationality and allows you to travel to and from foreign countries.
If you don’t already have a valid passport, you should apply for one as soon as you decide to study abroad, pursue a global co-op, or apply for a Dialogue of Civilizations program. This process can take several weeks to several months, depending on the time of year when you apply.
If you already have a passport, be sure to check the expiration date, as countries often require your passport to be valid for several months after the completion of your program. Requirements for passport validity lengths vary by country and citizenship, and it is your responsibility to ensure that your passport is valid for the appropriate period of time.
When applying for a passport for the first time, you have to submit your application in person. Everything you need to know about U.S. passports (how to apply, how to expedite a passport application, and how to renew your passport) is on the following website: U.S. Passports and International Travel
Please consult directly with your home country passport processing agency for further information on the procedure for renewing a passport.