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Don’t let Passport + Visa Processing Delays Keep You From Going Abroad

For students planning to study abroad during the Spring 2024 semester, especially in Spain, they should get their passport and visa as soon as possible! There’s still time, but students should be swift (it’s really hard not to make a pop star reference here). 

Passport processing times are at a record high and could take up to 13 weeks, they will need a passport (and likely a visa) to study abroad, according to the U.S. Department of State. Unfortunately, there is no way around it, but IES Abroad is here to support students through the process to ensure their dream of studying abroad becomes a reality. 

If you are a student planning to study abroad this upcoming Spring, please see the list of immediate steps:

  1. Apply to your IES Abroad program now! This will connect you with an IES Abroad advisor who can guide you through the passport and visa process. Our program application is free and you are able to withdraw if plans change. 
  2. Immediately apply to get a passport if you do not already have one (or if it’s expired or expires less than 6 months after the end of the program). If this is your first passport, you’ll likely have to apply in-person at your closest acceptance facility Our tip: pay to expedite it. It’s 100% worth the $60 to make sure you get your passport in time to get a visa and secure your chances of going abroad.
  3. After applying and getting accepted to your program, start prepping what you'll need to apply for your visa.  Between guidance from your advisor and access to our predeparture information, you'll know everything you need to have ready for the visa application. Our tip: Don't plan international travel before your study abroad program, your passport will be held while processing the visa!
  4. Use our ACCeSS Visa Processing Service if you are going to Spain or Italy. We recommend utilizing ACCeSS (Application Check and Consular Submission Service) if you are eligible. Through ACCeSS, our visa specialists apply for the visa on your behalf (meaning no required travel to consulates that can sometimes be states away—depending on where you live). Please note that the first ACCeSS deadline is September 18th, which is before the program application deadline.”

We encourage you to check out more information about how to study abroad and contact us with any questions.

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