Step 1: Pre-Departure Orientation
Step 2: Prepare Required Documents
Passports take approximately six weeks to process. Visit the Passport Services website for fee information and application forms. You will need your passport before applying for a visa. FSU offers a Passport Acceptance Facility on-campus and this is highly recommended to make sure you submit all required documents.
Depending on which country you are planning to visit, you may also need a visa which is attached to your passport and allows you to enter a foreign nation. Look through the State Department's Country-Specific Information to find information about your destination. You can research the entry and exit requirements, get more details about necessary documentation, and find out how to apply. Many student visa applications require the applicant to apply in person at the nearest consulate. Visa processing services are not offered at the Center for Global Engagement and obtaining a visa is the student’s responsibility.
Please book your flight only after you've been officially accepted with a letter directly from your host university and after your visa is approved. Flight arrangements are made individually and are not arranged by the Center for Global Engagement.
Registration with US State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
After you make your travel plans, go to the State Department's Travel Registration site to register your travel online. This will help the US State Department locate you in times of emergency.
All FSU students must meet the university's international health insurance requirements. Students may either show proof of enrollment in FSU’s Student Health Plan, or enroll in an specific plan offered by CISI (registration link provided after acceptance). Other international insurance plans are not accepted. Note that additional insurance may be required by the host country as a condition of attending as an international student. When participating in an exchange, students also must continue to meet Florida State University health insurance requirements for on-campus students.