You will need a valid* passport to study abroad. 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 and plan to have your valid passport in hand by two weeks after the program application deadline as visa paperwork will be required at that time. Getting a passport can take up to six weeks with regular processing or up to three weeks with expedited processing for an additional fee. Italy requires your passport to be valid for three months beyond your scheduled departure from the Schengen area.
If you need a passport to meet a visa application deadline in less than 4 weeks, or you need a passport for international program travel in less than 2 weeks, you must follow the steps below immediately:
- Make the first available appointment with the Regional Passport Agency closest to you. The 24-hour automated appointment system phone number is (877) 487-2778. Do not simply mail or submit a passport application to any agency with the extra fee to expedite; you must make an appointment to apply through a Regional Agency to obtain a passport in time.
- Contact Education Abroad to request a letter from us explaining that you need a passport in less than 4 weeks to meet a visa-related deadline or that you need a passport for your study abroad program that begins in less than 2 weeks.
- Review passport application instructions and fees on the State Department’s website. Select “Expedited at Agency” for the processing type.
- Gather the required materials and check your Regional Passport Agency’s website for any additional instructions.
- Bring your appointment confirmation number, letter from Education Abroad, and passport application materials to your appointment and wait for your passport to be processed. If you are not able to pick up the passport in person, you will need to submit a pre-paid USPS Priority Mail Express return envelope with your passport application.
United States citizens can obtain a passport application and view procedures on the State Department’s travel website.
If you’re a freshmen 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.
*For Rome, your passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the end of your stay in the Schengen area.
A student visa is required for study in Italy for a semester or academic year. Specific instructions for the visa application are made available within the program application online by the program application deadline, and Education Abroad will assist you throughout the process. Gathering the required materials for the visa application may take several weeks. One requirement includes providing financial documentation that you have access to approximately $1,000 USD per month for the duration of your stay in Italy. You may need to visit your and/or your parent/guardian’s bank to obtain this financial documentation. You will also be required to submit enrollment verification from your home institution, which may require you to visit your registrar’s office. We strongly encourage you to start your program application early to gain access to the visa application instructions and leave sufficient time to gather the required materials by the following firm deadlines:
- Fall Semester/Academic Year: Third Thursday in May
- Spring Semester: Second Thursday in October
Requirements and processing times vary by student citizenship and consulate, and consulates base their processing times on the official program dates rather than individual travel plans. You will also need to submit your passport with your visa application and may not receive it back for several months. Therefore, we strongly discourage students from traveling outside of the U.S. between the program application deadline and the official program start date. If you must be abroad between the program application deadline and the official program start date, please contact Education Abroad immediately to discuss the feasibility of your plans.
Please note that some consulates require students to submit visa applications in person.