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Get a Passport: Study Abroad

If you're reading this, it probably means you don't have a passport yet – that makes you just like most Americans. In fact, 70% of your fellow citizens don't have a passport. But why run with the crowd? Make a statement: get a passport.

For campuses: see how you can join IIE's "Get a Passport: Study Abroad" campaign

The fact is, if you don't have a passport you can't leave the U.S. to go anywhere – not even to Mexico or Canada.

So once you've done the smart thing and gotten that passport, use it to change your life: study abroad! Check out our study abroad resources to find the program for you and help you find the money to make it happen.

How to Apply for a Passport:

Getting a passport is easier than you think. Here's what you do:

"The central reason for acquiring a passport is this: it is a tool for the imagination. It has become what the driver’s license once was: permission to explore our most relevant surroundings. A student who has a chance to experience the world first hand, to navigate in unknown territory, will grow as a person, gain confidence, and learn skills that will last a lifetime. To step outside the familiar is to enliven creativity that nourishes innovation and the intellectual life."
- Gordon Gee, President, Ohio State University

See Gordon Gee talk more about why it is so important for students to have passports and have the opportunity to go abroad.

Find a Study Abroad Program or Scholarship

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Find resources and programs to help you study abroad at IIE's student portal.

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