Preparing to Travel

Application Requirements

Students participating in study abroad programs must:

Apply through office of International Education

Have courses approved by the Mentor

Review study abroad plans with Financial Aid office

Not withdraw from Eckerd College

Earn a grade of C or better

Suggested Reading for Parents

“Study Abroad: Parent’s Guide: For Parents of College and University Students Contemplating a Study Abroad Experience” by William Hoffa

Financial Aid for Study Abroad

Each student’s financial aid package is individually designed. In order to determine eligibility for study abroad funding, students should meet with the director of the Financial Aid office regarding their plans.

Students may also apply to outside scholarships.

Benefits of Study Abroad

  • Develop independence and resourcefulness
  • Develop an informed understanding of cultures and people
  • Cultivate a global perspective and sense of responsibility as a citizen of the world
  • Learn or become proficient in other languages
  • Requirement for international business majors
  • Recommended for international relations majors
  • And it looks great on a resumé

U.S. Citizens

When traveling abroad you must have a valid, current passport. The expiration date should exceed your return by at least six (6) months. You may not use a passport that expires within six months of the end date of your study abroad program. This applies to short terms and to semester programs.

If you do not have a passport, you must apply as soon as you receive confirmation of acceptance into the program. Normally, the process takes 4-6 weeks; however, in peak travel seasons it may take twice as long. Apply early to ensure receipt of your passport in case it is needed for a visa application. It is your responsibility to track the status of your passport application at all times. If you have not received your passport within a minimum of one month of the departure date, you risk losing your place in the program. If you fail to do this no funds will be returned to you. A copy of your passport must be furnished to International Education.

PLEASE NOTE:  MANY OF THE SEMESTER PROGRAMS  REQUIRE A TRAVEL VISA.  IF YOUR PASSPORT EXPIRES PRIOR TO 6 MONTHS BEFORE YOU RETURN TO THE UNITED STATES, AND YOU INTEND TO PARTICIPATE IN ONE OF THESE PROGRAMS, YOU MUST HAVE A VALID PASSPORT IN ORDER TO APPLY.  CHECK YOUR PASSPORT NOW.  YOU MAY WANT TO APPLY FOR A NEW ONE.

Passport application forms for both new applicants and renewals are available online, or at the Office of the County Clerk at:

545 1st Avenue North
Judicial Building, 1st Floor
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-582-7771

Non-U.S. Citizens

Check with the appropriate authorities to determine if a visa or other documentation is required to enter another country from the U.S. Our office will furnish a letter to confirm your participation in a study abroad program. It is your responsibility to obtain the appropriate visa.

Passport

As of August 14, 2017, these passport fees are in place. Fees for adults (age 16 and over) for first-time passports are $135 using Form DS-11. Fees for renewals using Form DS-82 are $110. You may also apply for a passport card at an additional cost.

 

A trip requires careful planning.  Here are some important steps to take before traveling outside the United States.