To purchase your airfare and travel abroad, you must have a valid, unexpired passport. We recommend that you have a passport AT LEAST six before you travel, and that it is valid for AT LEAST six months after your program is scheduled to end.
If you are studying for a full semester or longer (or if you are an international student), you will likely need a student visa. Get your visa at the consulate of the country that you will be studying in. Most consulates are located in Houston.
For most programs, you will be responsible for purchasing your own airfare to and from the study abroad destination. We generally recommend that you wait until at least after the application deadline to purchase your airfare but AT LEAST two months before traveling. Also, do not forget to send your flight itinerary to your study abroad advisor as soon as it is confirmed.
Depending on where you study abroad, some countries may require you to have certain immunizations. Consult the Center for Disease Control or visit the Health and Counseling Center on campus with any questions.
Attending Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)
Pre-Departure Orientation is MANDATORY for all SEU students who choose to study abroad. During PDO we will cover topics such as travel and safety tips, issues you may encounter while abroad, the types of resources available to you while abroad, and more, in order to help prepare you for your study abroad program.
Consult the U.S. State Department’s website for how to apply for a passport. The average time for a passport to be processed and delivered is between 4-6 weeks from the time of your application.
NOTE: International students should verify the requirements of their country of residency for passport renewal information.
You can apply for a passport at a variety of locations in Austin. Some passport offices near SEU campus include:
UT Passport Center
2400 Nueces Street, 2nd Floor
Austin, TX 78705
The Passport & Visa Company
4005C Banister Lane - Suite 190C
Austin, TX 78704
Travis County District Clerk’s Passport Acceptance Facility
5501 Airport Blvd., 2nd Floor, Room 220
Austin, TX 78751
The specific process and length of time it takes to get a visa varies greatly by country. It is best to find out as early as possible what the process is for your particular study abroad destination and to gather all appropriate documents. For information, visit Visa HQ.