Passport Tips for Study Abroad Students

Passport Tips for Study Abroad Students

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You will need a valid passport to participate in all of our programs abroad including summer abroad programs, semester or academic year programs, and gap programs. Some gap programs may also require a visa, depending on your location and length of stay.  Please see the following tips to help make sure your follwoing documents are valid and up-to-date. If you already have a passport, make sure it does not expire less than six months before your scheduled return flight.

If you are younger than 16:

Form: Apply using form DS-11

Who needs to be there? You must apply in person at an authrorized passport facility. Your parents cannot drop off the form on your behalf.  Both of your parents or legal guardians must be present unless you have a signed and notarized statement of consent from the non-present parent or evidence of sole custody. Click here to find an authroized passport acceptance facility in your area.

Renewal: If your passport has expired or is about to expire, you must renew your passport in person. You are not eligible to renew your passport by mail.

Expect to provide:

  1. Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
  2. Evidence of Parental Relationship (birth certificate, adoption decree, divorce certificate)
  3. Photo Identification from parents
  4. Parental Consent (both parents present or a signed, notarized copy of this form)
  5. Passport Photo (2" x 2")
  6. Application Forms
  7. Passport Fees

Timeframe: Expect 3-4 weeks to receive your passport (or 2-3 weeks if you selected the expedited option).

More info: You can find complete information and forms here: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/under-16.html

If you are age 16 or 17

Form: Apply using form DS-11

Who needs to be there? If you are 16-17 with your own identification, you can apply for a passport by yourself.  However, it is recommended that at least one parent appear in person with you to identify you and to show parental awareness. Examples of "parental awareness" include being present during the application or submitting signed and notarized statement of consent along with a copy of your parent's photo identification.

Expect to provide:

  1. Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
  2. Photo Identification from student
  3. Evidence of Parental Awareness (one parent present or a signed, notarized copy of the consent form)
  4. Passport Photo (2 " x 2")
  5. Application Forms
  6. Passport Fees

Timeframe: Expect 3 or 4 weeks for normal processing or 2-3 weeks for expedited processing.

More info: http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/passports/16-and-17.html