Kristine Barnett, EdD
Study Abroad Advisor
Getting a Passport and/or Visa
One of the most important documents you must obtain before entering a foreign country is your passport. This is a relatively simple task, but it must be taken care of immediately. U.S. passports are issued through the downtown Springfield Post Office or check online for other issuing offices. To determine if the post office in your region offers this service, simply call and ask.
Items you must take with you to the post office when you apply for your passport:
The post office will take care of the processing and your passport will be mailed to you in about 6 weeks.
Getting a Foreign Visa:
Your passport identifies you as a citizen of a specific country and allows you to travel in other countries. A Visa is official permission by a foreign country for you to reside there for a certain length of time. Not all countries require a visa for a single semester’s study. Each country has a different set of forms and requirements. Up-to-date information about visa requirements for every country is available online.
You must have your passport to apply for your visa. You should get all visa information pertaining to your target country as soon as possible. Visa applications can sometimes be complex and it’s not something which can be put off until the last minute. Below you’ll find information concerning visa requirements for U.S. citizens in the most popular study abroad destinations. If your target country is not among those listed here, check with that country’s embassy.