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Passports & Visas

Obtain or Renew Your Passport Immediately

If you do not already have a passport that will be valid for at least six months after your return to the U.S., you should apply for one as soon as possible.

Obtain a Visa (if required)

It is your responsibility to verify the visa requirements of your host country, and if necessary, to obtain your visa. Contact your program to find out if you need a visa and if they provide assistance or have suggestions for obtaining one. If not, please contact the nearest embassy or consulate for instructions or consider consulting with a visa assistance service such as Perry International in Chicago, which will charge a fee for their services: https://perryvisa.com/.

Special Note for Non-US Citizens

Contact the Northwestern International Office at (847) 491-5613 immediately to ensure you understand any INS requirements. Make sure you do not jeopardize your residency status by participating in a program abroad.