When you've gone through the application process, it's important to prepare for your trip.
A passport is an official travel document issued
by the government that proves the identity and nationality of a person.
Students need a passport before studying abroad and should apply for it as soon
as possible. If students already have a passport, they should check the expiration
date to make sure it is valid.
Passport instructions for U.S. citizens are available in AGAD 104, post office
or through the US Department of State.
- New passport applicants must apply in person with all of these documents and
- Completed passport application
- Proof of U.S. citizenship (certified copy of a birth certificate)
- Social Security number
- Proof of identity (driving license, state identification card or
- Two photographs. Passport pictures can be taken in AGAD 26 for free to those students studying abroad through International Programs in Agriculture. Passport pictures are taken during office hours Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Photos can also be taken at CVS and Walgreens.
- Passport fee of $145 (cash, personal check or debit card)
Students should turn in their passport application to the Lafayette post office
at 3450 State Road 26 E. The passport office hours are Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 4:15 pm. To locate other passport application acceptance facilities
look at the US Department of State.
Once the passport arrives, a student should:
- Sign their passport
- Fill out the emergency contact information in pencil (not ink)
- Keep it safe
- Leave copies of the picture and signature page with family members
to put in a safe place
If a passport is lost or
stolen, the student should report it immediately to the Passport Services
office at the US Department of State in Washington. If abroad, it should be
reported to the nearest US consulate or embassy, police, and the program
Some governments require a visa allowing permission to enter and stay in their
country. If a visa is required, the International Programs in Agriculture
office will assist in the process. It is ultimately the students responsibility
to obtain a visa.
A primary concern is the health and safety of students while
abroad. Studying abroad is neither safer nor more dangerous than studying
within the US. The same acts that happen abroad can happen in the US. While
every effort is made to ensure safety, Purdue cannot guarantee the safety of
the participants or eliminate all the risk that is involved. Purdue cannot
prevent students from engaging in illegal, dangerous, unwise activities or
monitor or control all the daily personal decisions, choices and activities of
each participant. Most of the student's safety depends on their level of
maturity, the decisions that are made, and responsibility. A required
orientation is for students to learn about the health and safety precautions.
The best way students can prepare for a healthy and safe study abroad
experience is to inform themselves about basic information before leaving. Here
are some resources about health and safety overseas:
immunizations are not required for most programs, every study abroad
participant should discuss overseas travel immunization recommendations with
their personal physician. The national Center for Disease Control and
Prevention recommends polio, tetanus and diphtheria boosters. It is recommended
to have dental, eye and physical check-ups before going abroad. The Purdue
Student Health Center provides exams, inoculations, and prescriptions. A medical
information form must be completed and submitted to AGAD 26.
Bring any necessary medications and keep them in the original, labeled
containers. Take the amount of prescription needed while abroad. Make sure all
medications are in a carry-on. If wearing glasses or contact lens, it would be
wise to take the lens prescription as well as an extra pair of glasses or
drinking age may be lower, the laws more lenient, or the cost cheaper in the
host country than in the States, it is important to remember the risks
involved. Even in countries where social drinking is the norm on a daily basis,
it is never safe or acceptable to "binge" drink. Remember the
defenses are down when drinking.
Harassment can be defined as any unwanted sexual advances from anyone with
power over any aspect during the overseas experience. Sometimes it is difficult
to evaluate whether or not students have been harassed or if it is a matter of
cultural differences. For example, Americans sometimes react with discomfort to
the normal conversational distance between people in a culture they are
exploring, and they should be aware of their feelings within that context.
However, no one, male or female, studying abroad should have to suffer from
unwelcome sexual pressure.
abroad participants are automatically insured through Gallagher, a Purdue group
policy. The cost for this insurance is included in the program fee
country has their emergency contact number like ‘911’. Make sure to become
aware of the correct emergency number. The Purdue police number is
765-494-8221. The International Programs in Agriculture office number is