All students interested in study abroad should have a valid passport at the time of application. If you are submitting an application and do not yet have a passport, please apply for one immediately. If you already have a passport, please check the expiration date. Students must have a passport that is valid 6 months beyond your program end date. If your passport will expire before this, you must renew it before going abroad.
Make sure to have access to your passport in the semester before your program starts. You will need to submit it or information from it as part of your predeparture preparations.
If you are going on a full semester program, you may need to submit your passport to your host country's consulate so they can process a required study visa. The process takes a couple weeks. If possible, please no do not plan to travel international in the 100 days prior to your program's start date. If you cannot alter your plans, please let the Study Away office know as soon as possible.
For more information on applying for a new passport or renewing a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State's website:
Non-US Passport Holders
You can still study abroad if you are a student at Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University) but you are not a US citizen. If you are applying to study abroad and you a citizen of another country, please let the Study Away Office know as your entry requirements into your study abroad country may be different or require more attention.
If you have dual citizenship with the US and another country and have valid passports for both countries, please let the Study Away Office know because it may be beneficial to travel with one passport over another. For example if you have a US passport and a European passport and you are studying abroad in Europe, it may be beneficial to travel on your European passport because the entry requirements are not as strict.