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Passports and Visas

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You will need a valid passport to study abroad. Most countries require your passport to be valid for three to six months beyond your scheduled departure from that country. If you don’t have a valid passport and are even considering study abroad, you should apply for or renew your passport as early as possible to meet the deadlines noted below. For some programs, passports are required as early as the program application deadline to be able to complete required visa paperwork. 

Learn how to apply for your passport and review current processing times.

Program-Specific Information and Passport Deadlines

Fall/Spring Semester Programs

Summer 2023 Programs

  • Temple Japan Summer passport and visa page
    • Passport Submission Deadline: February 15, 2023
  • Temple Rome Summer I Program
    • Passport Submission Deadline: April 1
  • Temple in Spain Summer Program:
    • Passport Submission Deadline: April 1 
  • All other Temple Summer Programs:
    • Passport Submission Deadline: March 1 
  • External Summer Programs
    • Passport Submission Deadline: Confirm with program provider but plan for at least three months before program start date 

All Programs and Terms Beyond Spring 2024

  • Passport Submission Deadline: You are advised to get your passport immediately. Program-specific deadlines will be added periodically as information becomes available; check back frequently.
    • For most summer programs, the passport submission deadline will be between four and twelve weeks before program start date.

Passport Scholarship

If you’re a freshman or first-year transfer student at Temple and have never applied for a passport, make sure to apply for Temple’s Passport Scholarship to help cover the cost of your passport fees.

Student Visa

For long-term study abroad programs (semester and year) and some summer programs, you will need a student visa to study abroad. Before you depart, you’ll apply to the consulate of your host country for a visa, and once it’s processed, they’ll stamp the visa inside your passport. Processing times vary by country, student citizenship, and consulate, and consulates base their processing times on the official program dates rather than individual travel plans. Therefore, we strongly discourage students from traveling outside of the U.S. between the program application deadline and the program start date. If you must be abroad between your program application deadline and the program start date, please contact Education Abroad immediately to discuss the feasibility of your plans.

If you’re participating in a Temple study abroad program, then we’ll be helping you apply for your visa.  If you’re studying on an external program, check with your program sponsor to see if they can help you with the visa process.

Here are some tips to make the visa application process go smoothly:

  • If you don’t already have a passport, apply for it now so you’ll have it by the time you apply for the program.
  • If you already have a passport, double-check the expiration date. Your passport will have to be valid for at least six months beyond the end of your study abroad program.
  • If you’re not a U.S. citizen, start researching visa requirements for the country you’re planning to travel to as early as possible since there might be additional requirements for you. You should also confirm your entry and exit requirements for the U.S. with immigration officials. 
  • If you're an international student, make sure that your F-1 will be valid from the program application deadline through your program's end date. If your F-1 will expire before your program's end date, please contact Education Abroad immediately. Also, consult your international student office regarding your re-entry into the U.S.
  • Plan to take responsibility for your own visa paperwork, as busy as you are. For many students, dealing with a foreign consulate is their first introduction to the host country and can be a great learning experience--think of it as practice for studying abroad!