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A passport is a travel document that functions as an official form of identification and allows the bearer to enter and leave most foreign countries. Every BOSP participant must have a signed passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date from the overseas program. In some cases, such as for programs that require visas, the length of validity may be longer.

U.S. Citizens

  • Do not forget to make two photocopies of your passport before you depart, and leave them at home with family or friends in case your passport is lost or stolen overseas.
  • You may need to consider requesting expedited services, if you have a short timeline to apply for a passport.

U.S. Permanent Residents

  • For U.S. Permanent Residents, you will still need to have a passport from the country of your citizenship that is valid 6 months after the date of your scheduled return. You may also need to get a visa, dependent on your country of citizenship.

Non-U.S. Citizens

  • Please make sure that you notify your Program Advisor in the BOSP office of your nationality early in the quarter before the start of your program. Visa applications for non-U.S. citizens often involve a longer processing time.
  • All participating non-U.S. citizens alert the Bechtel International Center of their plans to study away with BOSP.

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