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Theresa Cann
Assistant Dean, Director of International Education
Phone: 610-526-5375 Undergraduate Dean's Office
Eugenia Chase Guild Hall, Lower Level

Immigration and Visa Issues

All travelers between countries must have a passport.  The passport is the official identification of your citizenship.  New U.S. passports take four to six weeks to process, and they are valid for ten years.  Students should make sure that their passports are valid until at least six months after returning from their study abroad programs and that their emergency information page is up-to-date. 


More detailed information and a printable American passport application is available at  The nearest post office branches that accept passport applications are:

Ardmore Post Office 
30 Ardmore Avenue (near the intersection of Lancaster Avenue and Ardmore Avenue)
Ardmore, PA 19003
Monday-Friday: 9 AM-4 PM
Saturday: 9 AM-11 AM
US Post Office, Bryn Mawr
16 N Bryn Mawr Ave
Bryn Mawr , PA 19010
Phone: (610) 520-9417

Rite Aid (Passport photos)
1015 Lancaster Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Monday-Sunday: 9 AM-8 PM


Make two copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement if your passport is lost or stolen.  Leave one copy at home with your parents; carry the other with you in a separate place from your passport.

International Students and Non-United States Citizens
Non-U.S. citizens, students on Permanent Resident Status (Green Card) and student on a non-immigrant F-1 Visa, should consult with Dean Cann to make sure that all their U.S. immigration paperwork is in place for their re-entry to the United States

A visa is official permission to visit a country and is granted by the government of that country.  Visa formats vary considerably, from a stamp in the passport to an official document with photo attached. 

It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements; this includes countries you plan to visit before or after your study abroad programs.  You should check the consulate Website for initial information.  Some study abroad program may provide detailed information about visa application procedures after you confirm your acceptance into the program. 

Obtaining a visa requires considerable time and effort. It can take several weeks to gather all of the documents needed for the visa application.   A growing number of countries also ask student visa applicants to make an appointment and/or apply in person.  It is important to be informed, organized, patient, and flexible, which are important cross-cultural coping skills to develop for studying abroad.