A passport is a travel document that functions as an official form of identification and allows the bearer to enter and leave most foreign countries. Every BOSP participant must have a signed passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the scheduled return date from the overseas program. In some cases, such as for programs that require visas, the length of validity may be longer.

U.S. Citizens

  • If you need to apply for a U.S. passport, please request expedited service to ensure that your passport will arrive before the required materials deadline.
  • Do not forget to make two photocopies of your passport before you depart, and leave them at home with family or friends in case your passport is lost or stolen overseas.

U.S. Permanent Residents

  • If you are a U.S. Permanent Resident, you are not a U.S. citizen. You will still need to have a passport from the country of your citizenship that is valid 6 months after the date of your scheduled return. You might also need to get a visa, dependent on your country of citizenship.
  • If you are concerned about your citizenship status, are on refugee status or have questions about visas please contact your Program Advisor.

Non-U.S. Citizens

  • Please make sure that you notify your Program Advisor in the BOSP office of your nationality early in the Orientation quarter. Visa applications for non-U.S. citizens often involve a longer processing time.
  • All participating non-U.S. citizens who are studying at Stanford on a F-1 or J-1 status need to request a “travel signature” on their DS-2019 (formerly IAP-66) or I-20 from the Bechtel International Center before departure. You will be permitted to re-enter the U.S. on the same student status only if you get this signature before you leave. For more information, visit the Bechtel International Center site.

Helpful Links

Students Abroad: Passports
Apply for or Renew a U.S. passport