All program participants must have a passport that is valid for the entire length of their stay abroad. Some countries require you to hold a passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the date you enter the country, regardless of the intended length of stay. If you do not already have a passport, make sure to apply for one early, as processing can take 4-6 weeks. For any questions about passports, including how to travel if you have dual citizenship, consult the U.S. Department of State.
Depending on your citizenship, the country you are traveling to and the length and nature of your program, country-specific student visas may or may not be required. For most short-term summer, spring or winter programs, visas are not specifically required. For many semester or year-long programs, you will have to apply for a student visa. The process of obtaining a visa varies highly by country; check your study abroad program’s information, along with the U.S. Department of State’s country-specific information for entry, exit, and visa requirements. Visa processing can take several months, so it is important to plan ahead!
Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP)
All SJSU students participating in study abroad are required to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
STEP is a free service from the U.S. Department of State to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to register their time abroad with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. By registering, the U.S. Embassy will know how to reach students in the event of an emergency (natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.) and could assist if an evacuation becomes necessary. STEP is also a resource for family to reach students in the event of an emergency, in case communications are interrupted. Additionally, students will receive important informational emails from the Embassy about safety conditions in their host country.
We require that every student participating in a program outside of the U.S. register themselves with STEP prior to departure.