Passports and Visas

U.S. CITIZENS

Wesleyan students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and student visas for travel abroad unless informed otherwise by the program directors. We recommend that all Wesleyan students have a valid passport regardless of their study abroad plans. You cannot travel outside of the United States without a passport. In order to apply for a student visa, you must have a passport that is currently valid and that will continue to be valid for the duration of your stay abroad. If you plan to study abroad, and do not have a passport or have one that will expire less than 6 months after the end of your program, it is particularly important that you apply or renew immediately. Use the regular or expedited passport process and express postage to send your passport application and receive your passport back from the Passport Agency. Expediting costs more, but it will ensure that you receive your new passport in time to apply for your student visa. 

Information on how to get a U.S. passport, including application forms, documents required, and locations of Passport Acceptance Facilities, may be found at passports.state.gov. You will most likely need to track down the required documents so make sure to get started right away!

More helpful information for U.S. Citizens can be found at studentsabroad.state.gov.

NON-U.S. CITIZENS

If you are an international student, visit the website for the embassy or consulate of the country where you intend to study to determine your visa requirements and application procedures. Meet with the Office of International Student Affairs to discuss requirements for staying in status for your U.S. student visa. OISA will also aid permanent residents of the United States in obtaining a visa for their country of destination.