YOU MUST HAVE A PASSPORT VALID FOR THE DURATION OF YOUR STAY ABROAD.
The applicaton process can take 10-12 weeks or more.
If you do not have a passport, begin applying now.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED WHEN APPLYING FOR A PASSPORT
- Raised seal
- File date within a year of birth
- Name correctly spelled
- Naturalization papers or old passport
A visa is official permission, granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or visit, which allows you to enter and remain in that country for period of time. Some countries require you to obtain a visa either in the U.S. or at a consulate abroad. Costs and entrance requirements vary, but expect to pay between $75 and $500. Find out now what visas, if any, you will need, for places where you will either live or visit. Visas can take up to 10 weeks to process, and some countries/consulates may require you to appear in person to obtain the visa.
U.S. Citizens: will need a visa for semester study in Belgium, Spain, and the United Kingdom. The Belgian government requires an FBI background check for students who are age 21 or over when they apply for the visa. This process takes approximately 18 weeks in addition to the 3-4 weeks one should allow for the visa application. If you are applying to the Brussels program and are age 21 or older, we highly recommend that you being this process as soon as possible.
If you are not a U.S. citizen or have dual citizenship, check now with the consulate of the country in which you’ll be studying for any special visa requirements. For the UK Visa, students not originally from a majority English speaking country must prove that they are competent in English at a Level B2 with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL). They must send a letter from their registrar’s office confirming the English Language Profiency. Use this template. (PDF in DropBox)
We strongly recommend that you make a photocopy of your passport (and visa, if applicable).
Take the photocopies overseas with you as well as the originals. Store the copies in a safe place, but in a different location than the originals. Should your passport/visa be lost or stolen, they will be easier to replace if you have a copy.