Necessary Travel Documents
PassportYou need a passport to travel outside the United States (including Mexico and Canada). Passport applications are provided at:https://www.usps.com/international/passports.htm
Students are responsible for all costs associated with passport application and renewal. If you already have a passport, ensure that it is valid for the full length of your time abroad, plus six months beyond the scheduled date of return. Apply for your passport early. Processing the application takes time. The OCS office is equipped to take passport photos for your passport application at a minimal cost of $2/photo.
Remember: your passport is the most important document you have while outside the United States. Know where it is at all times and keep it in a secure place. Make color copies of the inside information page. Keep one for yourself [not in your luggage] and give one to a family member.
OCS highly recommends that at least one parent/guardian obtain a passport so that travel will not be unduly delayed in the case of a medical or personal emergency.