A visa is official permission by a foreign government to visit that country for a specified purpose and a limited time. The visa is stamped onto one of the pages of your passport and generally is not a separate document. After you have been admitted to a Syracuse Abroad program, your Syracuse Abroad admissions counselor will provide you with information on obtaining your student visa.
You will need a valid passport to study abroad. If you do not have a passport or your current passport will expire soon, please apply for a new passport now. You will need a passport that is valid for six months beyond the end date of your program.
If you already have a passport, be sure to check the expiration date. Passports obtained before turning 16 years old are only valid for 5 years.
Note to U.S. citizens applying to study abroad: Due to the pandemic, both the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Postal Service are experiencing delays in the processing/mailing of passports. Syracuse Abroad encourages you to consider applying for an expedited passport which will cost an additional $60 but will reduce the processing time. Check the U.S. State Department website for more information. Depending on your timeframe, you may also want to have your passport application express delivered to the U.S. passport processing agency and have your new passport express delivered to your home.
In most cases, semester students will need to have a passport in hand by May 1 (fall programs) or by October 1 (spring programs) in order to apply for a student visa. It is highly advised that you do not plan personal international travel from May 1 (fall programs) or October 1 (spring programs) until your departure as this can interfere with your ability to obtain a student visa in a timely manner.
Your passport will be your primary source of identification abroad. We recommend that you make copies of the picture and signature pages of your passport and of your visa (if required for your program); leave a set with your family and bring a set abroad with you. It is always good to have copies of your passport in case of an emergency.
If you do not currently have a U.S. passport, it is your responsibility to have a valid passport from your country of citizenship. Notify your Syracuse Abroad counselor of your citizenship status and the type of passport you hold so you may be properly guided to acquire necessary visas for your time abroad.