What is a passport?
A passport is a travel document issued by your country of citizenship. If you are a U.S. citizen, your passport is issued by the U.S. Department of State. Applications are available at most post offices or at www.state.gov. In order to apply, you must submit 2 passport size photos and proof of citizenship. If you are married and changed your name, you will also be asked to provide evidence of this.
What is a visa?
A visa is a stamp placed in your passport by a foreign government which states the reason for admittance (such as for tourism, work, etc.), and the duration you may remain in the country.
How do I get started if I want to study abroad?
The first step you should take if you are a UT-K student and you want to study abroad is to visit the Center for International Education Programs Abroad Office. They hold free open information sessions Monday through Friday at 2:00 p.m. At these information sessions you can learn about what courses you can take and where and when you can go abroad through the University. There are two types of programs offered through the CIE. Programs offered directly through the University which have a Fall deadline date of March 1 and a Spring deadline date of October 1st, or programs offered through a vendor called ISEP which have a January 15 deadline date for Fall semester programs abroad or a August 15th deadline date for Spring study abroad programs. In order to qualify for a study abroad program you should have a GPA of 2.75 and have taken at least one 300 level course.
Paperwork for all study abroad programs, even short-term programs, is received and processed by the CIE. You also must pay your deposit to them. They only take cash or checks. No credit cards are accepted at this time.
In order to study abroad, you must attend two pre-departure orientation programs of 2 hours each. You must also pay a fee of $90 for short term programs or $175 for semester long programs in addition to the cost of the program and the tuition for the course. This fee enables you to be considered a matriculated student, to use university email while you are gone, and to use circle park online (register for courses while you are abroad).
It is imperative that you consult with your academic advisor who is responsible for determining if the credit will transfer back to the University and your specific degree program before enrolling in a study abroad program. The final determination as to how the credits will be applied to your program will be made upon your return.
For detailed information about study abroad programs offered through the College of Business contact Mr. Fred Pierce.