Passports are issued by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens. Applications and information are available from your local post office or can be found on the U.S. Department of State's passport website.
If you already have a passport that was issued within the past 15 years and you were over age 16 when you received it, your passport may be renewed by mail. Go to the U.S. Department of State's passport renewal section to learn more.
A visa is attached to your passport, allowing you to travel to a country for a certain period of time for a specific purpose, such as work, travel, tourism or study. They can be attained from foreign consulates in the U.S. or other countries.
It's recommended that you bring any over-the-counter or prescription medicine that you normally use or expect to, as well as an extra pair of glasses or contact lenses, if needed. We also suggest bringing a copy of prescriptions for medicines you will be bringing and to have the generic name of the drug written on the prescription should you need to have it filled.
You should check with your primary care physician to determine whether you need any vaccinations. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also has information on vaccination recommendations and general health precautions for the country you will be traveling.
Be sure you will be covered by health insurance when abroad, which can be verified with your insurance provider. Also, through Hilbert's partnership with Arcadia University to offer our study abroad program, a health and accident insurance plan for participating students is available. Stop by the academic dean's office located on the second floor of Franciscan Hall for more information, or call 649-7900, ext. 242.
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