Although pre-departure procedures can vary for each off-campus program, there are a number of common steps that students should take during the months before they leave for their semester(s) off-campus.
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Passports and Visas
If you do not have a passport, begin applying immediately, as it can be a lengthy process. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid for at least six months beyond the end date of your program; if it is not, you should begin the renewal process immediately. For more information, visit the State Department's travel information page.