Flights & Passports
You must have at least 6 months of validity on your passport beyond the dates of travel, including any independent travel after your KIIS program.
To apply for or renew your US passport, visit U.S. Passports & International Travel.
First Time Passport Applicants
If applying for a passport for the first time, an appointment is typically needed at a passport acceptance facility (e.g. post office, on-campus office, or other). It may take a few weeks to set up an appointment, so plan accordingly. You will need to show an original copy of your birth certificate when applying for a passport.
Submitting Your Passport Information in KIIS Account
After acceptance to your KIIS program, you will upload a PDF copy of your passport photo page and enter the passport information from this photo page in your KIIS account.
Depending on your KIIS application date, you may need to select the “expedited” passport option. Passport processing time may take 6-8 weeks. The expedited processing time is typically 2-3 weeks.
|Term||Date to Submit Passport Info|
|Fall Semester||June 15|
|Spring Semester||November 1|
You should take a copy of your passport with you in your carry-on luggage and leave a copy at home with a trusted relative or friend.
The majority of KIIS participants will not need a visa to travel abroad. That said, there are a few cases where a visa may be required.
- Visas may be required for non-US citizens traveling abroad to KIIS program sites.
- Visas are required for the KIIS France Spring Semester program prior to departure.
- KIIS Germany Spring Semester participants will complete paperwork for the University of Regensburg prior to departure and will apply for a visa after arriving at the university.
- KIIS Tanzania and KIIS Zanzibar Winter participants apply for a visa upon arrival at the Tanzanian airport.
- If staying abroad for over 90 days in any country/region, you may require a visa.
Review the visa requirements for the country or region you wish to travel.
Visas for Non-US Citizens
If you are a non-US citizen, you may require a visa to enter your KIIS program destination. Review the visa requirements for the countries you wish to travel and meet with your home campus international student office to determine what paperwork you need to complete before going abroad. Typically non-US citizens will need to update their I-20 documentation.
If you require a visa, it is likely you will need to go in person to visit the Consulate or Embassy of your KIIS program country. Many consulates are located in Chicago, Atlanta or Washington D.C. (depending on your state residency).
If needed, the KIIS office will provide you with a letter to take to your consular interview to show proof of your program acceptance, dates abroad, courses, accommodations, fees you paid to KIIS to cover living and instructional expenses, and medical and evacuation insurance. Contact Haley McTaggart immediately upon your KIIS program acceptance notification to request this letter from KIIS.
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