Do I need a passport?
Yes. In order to study abroad you must have a passport that is valid for six months beyond the date of your return to the U.S. following your study abroad program. If you do not have a passport, or need to renew it, you should apply for a passport immediately. A copy of the inside of passport is required in your Pomona study abroad application, as well as in many Secondary applications.
When should I apply?
Students should apply for a passport prior to or at the time of applying for study abroad.
How do I apply for or renew my passport?
Passports are issued by the U.S. Department of State. See their website for information on how to apply or renew your passport: http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html.
Passport fees are the responsibility of the student: http://travel.state.gov/passport/fees/fees_837.html.
How long does it take to apply?
It may take up to six weeks to receive your passport. For an additional fee, students may have their passport application expedited.
Do I need my passport to get my visa?
Yes! A visa is a stamp that is placed inside your passport. See our visa webpage (under Admitted Students) for more information.
Students Holding Non-U.S. Passports
Visa procedures and customs requirements are different for you. U.S. permanent residents must check with the U.S. Immigration Service concerning regulations for re-entry into the U.S. It is important to verify procedures, especially if you might be outside the U.S. for more than one year, to permit re-entry to the U.S. Please note that overseas communications may be needed and this can be time consuming. Please plan ahead!