Passports and Visas


Planning to travel abroad for studies, teaching, or research? The Office of International Programs is here to provide you with the tools and guidance to make your journey effective, enjoyable, and safe.

Whether you are traveling as an individual, with a group, or part of an exchange, we are here to help with both the major and minor challenges – passports, visas, finances, tickets, safety, security, health, communication, and more.

How to get passports and visas

The U.S. Department of State website is a great place to learn how to get a passport and acquire a visa for the country you plan to travel to. Information from this source includes:

  • Step-by-step guide to the visa application process
  • Embassy and consulate listings
  • Emergency reports
  • Travel warnings
  • Resources for living abroad with a family


Passport applications can be downloaded from the U.S. Postal Service website. Thousands of Post Offices accept first-time passport applications for the U.S. Department of State. Most of those locations can also take your passport photo. Several retail businesses also offer passport photo services.

Photos can also be obtained from any source that will produce images that meet passport requirements. See the U.S. Department of State website for: