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Passports and Visas

PASSPORTS 

IF YOU CURRENTLY DO NOT HAVE A PASSPORT:

One of the first things you should do after deciding to study abroad is obtaining a passport. You need to apply for one ASAP. This can be done at the Oberlin Post Office on Main Street. You should bring the following documentation with you to obtain a passport:
  • $135 (The cost of applying for and receiving a new passport)
  • Completed passport application (see https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html/)
  • Valid proof of citizenship (original birth certificate, social security card, etc)
  • Proof of Identity (a valid driver’s license or ID card)
  • Two identical 2 x 2-inch passport photographs taken within six months of applying for a passport
    • Can have these taken at the Oberlin Post Office, prices range from $8 to $15, must be on photo quality paper

IF YOU ALREADY HAVE A PASSPORT:

If you currently have a passport, the first thing you should do is check that it will be valid for AT LEAST 6 months after your program abroad ends. If it will not be valid until that time, you must apply to renew your passport immediately. This process can take 4-6 weeks and can be done at the Oberlin Post Office on Main Street.
Important Note: Some Middle Eastern and African countries will not allow entry if your passport indicates travel to Israel; check with the embassy or consulate of the country in which you will be studying for their requirements.

VISAS

Visas are required by the majority of countries in order for you to enter and stay in a country legally as a student. Each country has its own application process, timeline, and rules/regulations. If you are traveling with a U.S. based program, such as IFSA-Butler, CIEE, or DIS, they will most likely give you separate instructions on how to obtain a visa. If not, our office can help you get in touch with your destination’s embassy of nearest consulate.