Passports & Visas
Students planning multiple or back-to-back programs must review this important warning about the visa application process.
Even if you are just beginning to research study abroad options, you should apply for a passport immediately.
Applying for a PassportThis information in this section is relevant for U.S. citizens only. Students who do not hold a U.S. passport should consult with their home country's embassy or consulate for more information.
Review these links from the U.S. Department of State for more details about the application or renewal process. Remember that it is the individual student's responsibility to follow all official guidance throughout the application process.
Determining Passport ValidityIf you already have a passport, please check its expiration date. Generally, most countries require that a U.S. passport be valid for at least six months after the end date of your planned travel.
To confirm the validity requirements, look up your host country on the official U.S. Department of State website (enter the country's name in the "Where Are You Traveling?" box, then carefully review the Entry, Exit, and Visa Requirements tab). If your passport does not meet the validity requirements, you will need to renew it as soon as possible.
International students should contact their home country's embassy or consulate in their planned destination for guidance.
You must have a valid passport BEFORE you can apply for a visa.
You will not be able to apply for a visa until AFTER you are officially accepted to your program - most student visas require proof of acceptance as part of the application.
Refer only to official resources from your program and government websites for visa information - do not rely on third-party sites or other students' experiences.
Visa ResourcesIt is the student's responsibility to research their program and host country visa requirements in advance, and to submit all required documents and fees in a timely manner.
Some documents required for the visa application process, such as letters of acceptance, will come directly from the partner organization in charge of the program. However, in some cases students may need certain additional documents from Davidson. Please plan ahead so you can request these documents in advance.
Enrollment Verification Letter: request a letter verifying Davidson enrollment through the Registrar's Office
Transcripts: Students may place orders for transcripts 24/7 through the National Student Clearinghouse.
Insurance Letter: In most cases, the partner organization provides their own international insurance to students, and will include a verification of insurance letter in the acceptance materials if needed. In some limited cases where the partner organization does not offer its own insurance, students may request a verification letter for Davidson's international insurance instead. Email OEAA at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a letter.