Passports and Visas


All students

All students must have a passport to study abroad that is valid for at least six months after the program’s end date. Students should apply for a passport as early as possible; in some cases, passport applications may need to be expedited. For many programs, students will need one or more visas, in addition to a valid passport. Visa application processes vary widely, and some visa processes are multi-step and complicated.

SIT Study Abroad helps students to understand the visa process for each program, even providing group instructions where necessary. A study abroad admissions counselor will be happy to speak with students about passport and visa-related questions and concerns.

Non US citizens

Non-US citizens should consult with SIT Study Abroad early to determine the visa requirements based on their country of origin.

SIT Study Abroad cannot guarantee visas for its participants, and it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to secure the appropriate visa in a timely manner.