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All students must have a valid passport to study abroad. You can still apply to study abroad even if you do not yet have a passport, but you should apply for one as soon as possible. Obtaining a passport can take quite a bit of time and can delay the process. U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest local authorized passport acceptance facility (such as a post office or library). If your program requires a visa, you may need to have your passport 3+ months prior to your departure. All students studying abroad must possess a valid passport from their country of citizenship.   
The U.S. Department of State provides instructions on where and how to obtain a passport. U.S. passports are mailed to the applicant six to eight weeks (currently longer due to the pandemic) after the application is received and are valid for ten years. 
Typically, your passport must be valid for six months beyond the end of your stay abroad. If your current passport will expire within six months of the end of the program, you will need to renew it.   

Webster has a Passport Program that aims to cover passport costs for students from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in study abroad and are also first-time passport holders. To learn more about the Passport Program or to apply, click on the 'Scholarships Available' tab.