• APPLYING FOR A PASSPORT TO STUDY ABROAD

    Follow these steps to file for a passport and renew your passport
    for your upcoming study abroad experience.

Do I need a passport to study abroad?

Yes, on any program during which you will be traveling outside of the United States, you will need a passport.

If you are even considering studying abroad and don’t have your passport, you should start applying for a passport to study abroad.

This way, you won’t have any delays in your application or visa process later.

First time applicants

If you've never had a U.S. passport, are 16 or under, or aren't allowed to renew an existing passport by mail, you need to apply for a new passport in person.

Step 1

Prepare necessary documents early

You should apply for your passport as soon as you know you’ll be traveling internationally, at least several months in advance. Passport processing times may vary. The U.S. State Department website explains what you'll need to bring with you.

Step 2

Gather documents for your application package

You will need:

  • Form DS-11
  • Passport photo
  • Evidence of U.S. citizenship & photocopy
  • ID & photocopy
  • Calculate passport fees

Step 3

Schedule an appointment to submit your application

You must submit your completed application, including citizenship evidence, photocopy of ID, photo, and fees, in person at a passport acceptance facility. You can find accepted locations at this website.

Step 4

Track your application status

You can find instructions on how to do this online on the Department of State website.

PASSPORT RENEWAL APPLICANTS

You are eligible to renew your passport via mail if the following are true about your most recent U.S. Passport:

  • It is undamaged and can be submitted with your application.
  • It was issued when you were age 16 or older.
  • It was issued within the last 15 years.
  • It was issued in your current name or you can legally document your name change.

If your passport does not meet all these requirements, do not mail your renewal application. You must prepare the same application package as a first-time passport applicant.

Step 1

Ensure your eligibility to renew by mail

You can see the above list of requirements and find more information here.

Step 2

Gather documents for your application package

You will need:

  • Form DS-82
  • Passport photo
  • Passport renewal fees
  • Most recent passport
  • Envelope & correct mailing address

Step 3

Mail your completed application

If you live in the United States, the Department of State requires you to use the United States Postal Service (USPS) to mail your renewal application and supporting documents.

Step 4

Track your application status

You can find instructions on how to do this online on the Department of State website.

More information

For more information, please visit the travel portion of the U.S. Department of State website, relating to passports:

https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html