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Now that you have selected a study abroad program that interests you, it is time to make your travel plans. The Study Abroad Office will help guide you through this process.
Students interested in studying abroad must complete the following paperwork.
For all study abroad participants:
All citizens require a passport before traveling
abroad. U.S. Passports usually take 6-8
weeks (although processing can be expedited for an extra fee). Your passport
must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after you leave the US. To obtain a
U.S. passport, you will need 2 official photos, an original birth certificate,
and fees. See US Passports
While passports are issued by your home country, visas are issued by the country to which you are traveling. Different countries have different tourist, student and work visa regulations. To check whether you need a student visa (which is stamped in your passport), contact your study abroad provider, the US State Department Country Information Website or the ISS/SA Office.
The Parkside ISS/SA Office wants you to feel safe, healthy and well-prepared for your study abroad program. We put great effort into selecting suitable study abroad partners and sites that will ensure the safety of our students.
We require that you attend an international orientation meeting before you depart and arrange for you to receive an onsite orientation when you arrive to your destination. We expect that students will adhere to all safety recommendations of their program.
To learn about health and safety issues specific to your destination, check out this great website specially designed for students abroad! https://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en.html
Vaccinations & Prescriptions: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
All Parkside students are required to have international health insurance coverage. The Parkside ISS/SA Office (or our study abroad partners) enroll students in a plan that includes medical coverage, emergency medical evacuation/repatriation, local health referrals and many other services. You should receive an email linking you to your insurance plan before you depart.
The U.S. State Department encourages you to register for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), to ensure that the local Embassies/Consulates are aware of your presence in the country.