Global Learning offers two Pre-Departure Orientation sessions to prepare students for their semester/year study away experience. Session I covers general information regarding financial aid, insurance, conduct and liability, safety, academics while studying away, and practical travel information. The second session focuses on culture, perspectives, and mental/emotional preparation for study away. These sessions are led by Global Learning’s study away advisors.
A passport allows people to legally travel to countries other than their own. The validity of your passport is five years if you apply for one before you turn 16, and 10 years if you apply after that age. Some countries require you to have six months valid on your passport after your return to your home country.
Print off the application and gather additional information regarding supplemental materials, processing times, expedite fees, renewing your passport or changing your name on your passport. As of July 15, 2013 the fee is $135.
Once you receive your passport, don’t forget to make it valid by signing your name above the signature page and filling out the emergency contact information.
Some countries require you to have a visa or residence permit to enter the country or to remain for an extended period of time. These regulations vary depending on the purpose of your visit (tourism, study, work), the host country and your citizenship. The application process, timeline and fees will also differ. Some consulates require the applicants to apply in person while others can submit paper or online applications. When researching whether you need a visa or residence permit, it is best to consult the host country’s immigration website or your Study Away Advisor. Please know that visa requirements can change at any time and without prior notice.
Please be aware that the visa application process for some countries may require students to surrender their passport for several weeks or months prior to the start of the study abroad program. These requirements should be investigated and considered by all applicants prior to planning independent travel.
Likewise, if you are considering extending your program by adding an internship, volunteer experience or doing back-to-back programs, advance research is necessary as they may cause complications. These circumstances may require you to apply for new visas or renew your current visa from out-of-country.
Not all countries will require you to have a visa or residence permit. However, they may require you to register with a local agency or police station in order for you to be a properly documented visitor.
Failure to adhere to the immigration laws of your host country may cause you to be denied boarding of your flight, deportation, and/or fines. In some cases you may not be allowed to return to the country in the future. To avoid these consequences, follow all immigration guidelines. When in doubt, ask your Study Away Advisor.