“A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer. A valid U.S. passport is required to enter and leave most foreign countries. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue or verify United States passports.”
A visa is a travel document usually attached to, or stamped in, your passport that allows entry and stay in a foreign country. Many countries that do not require visas for tourists require visas for students. We will provide all appropriate information and required documents for students who need a visa. DO NOT APPLY FOR A VISA BEFORE YOU RECEIVE INSTRUCTIONS! In many cases you cannot apply for a visa less than 90 days prior to departure. All regulations vary from one country to the next and often vary slightly from one Consulate to the other. Many countries have several consulates in the United States. To find out more about visa regulations and the location of the nearest consulate please check www.embassy.org or the country information at the U.S. Department of State. Please note that many consulates require that you apply for a visa in person!
You are not allowed to work in most countries unless you have a valid work permit. It is almost impossible to obtain a work permit with a student visa. If you want to find out more about working opportunities abroad, please click here! This link is provided for information purposes only. The Center for International Education at Truman State University is not involved in working opportunities abroad!
For basic information on most countries around the world check the ‘Background Notes’ from the U.S. Department of State.
Your safety is of uttermost importance to us. Be an informed traveler. Consult the U.S. Department of State site for safety information, travel warnings, Consular Information Sheets, and tips for travelers. PLEASE REGISTER WITH THE AMERICAN EMBASSY IN YOUR COUNTRY (COUNTRIES) OF DESTINATION. YOU CAN DO THIS ONLINE HERE!
We ask all study abroad participants to consult with a physician before going abroad and have them fill out a Study Abroad Medical Form which should be returned to the Study Abroad Office at least one month ahead of departure.
IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO CONSULT THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL TO OBTAIN THE LATEST HEALTH INFORMATION ON THE COUNTRIES WHERE YOU WILL STUDY AND TRAVEL.
If you need to take prescription medicine, carry it in its original packaging.
Many countries require proof of health and repatriation insurance. Students on all Truman sponsored programs are insured through C.I.S.I. Students on other programs are also insured through other carriers.