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Student Resources

Now that you have decided to study abroad review the following resources to make the most out of your experience. 

Travel Documents


A passport is an official identification issued by your home country verifying your citizenship. When entering another country, you will need a valid passport. For U.S. citizens, your passport must be current for at least six months past the return date of your study abroad experience.

  • If you do not have a valid passport or need to renew your passport, please apply for one between six to eight weeks prior to departure. Expedited service is available at an additional cost.
  • Visit the U.S. Department of State site for more information.


A visa is granted by the country of your destination and is written proof that you have authorization to enter. 

  • To verify country-specific entry and exit requirements, please contact a Study Abroad advisor.
  • Requirements will vary based on the purpose of your visit, the duration of your visit, and your citizenship.
  • If a visa is required for your program, you will need to have a passport in order to apply for a visa.
  • Plan ahead. A visa might take a few weeks to get processed.

International Students at Tarleton State University

For students with non-U.S. citizenship or who are not Legal Permanent Residents, please complete the following steps prior to departure:

  1. Complete the registration process for your respective study abroad program through the Study Abroad Portal.
  2. Contact an international student advisor in the International Office to prepare all the necessary paperwork to ensure you are able to re-enter the U.S.

Health & Safety

The health and safety of Tarleton State University students is the number one priority of the Study Abroad office. Below you will find general recommendations to prepare for a healthy and safe international experience.

Before Departure

  • Verify recommended and required immunization(s) for your destination with a medical professional. Some immunizations need to be administered at least 30 days prior to departure. Visit the CDC site for more details.
  • Complete a routine wellness checkup with a medical professional
  • Verify legality of prescription and medication in host destination(s) and request ample supply for the duration of your experience.
  • Research destination (e.g. cultural norms, local laws, health and safety risks, and water and food quality).
  • Inform your program leader of medical conditions, dietary restrictions, allergies, and/or disabilities.
  • Register with the U.S. Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program to receive travel notifications prior to departure and while abroad.
  • All Tarleton State University students participating in an abroad experience must be enrolled in international coverage through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). Visit the CISI site for more information about international health insurance coverage.

While Abroad

  • Follow health and safety precautions discussed during the pre-departure and on-site orientations.
  • Inform program leader and/or on-site support staff of any grievances and/or concerns that arise during the program so they can be resolved in a timely manner.