Visa & Documentation


You may need a visa to enter and live in your host country.

  • It is the responsibility of the student to obtain the appropriate visa to study abroad.  The Education Abroad office is unable to offer assistance with this process.
  • Some visas have a processing time as long as 3 months.
  • You must have your passport before you can apply for a visa and it should be valid within 6 months of the end date of your program.
  • Visa requirements vary by country, citizenship, and length of study.  You can find general travel information about your country, including details about visas, by searching Country Information at
  • Check the embassy website of the country you will be visiting or your program for more specific visa information.

If you need to obtain a visa for your host country, your visa requirements may differ than those for US citizens. If you are studying at UMBC on an F-1 student visa, you must check with the Center for Global Engagement to obtain the appropriate travel signatures.

Other Documentation

You may need other official documents in order to study abroad.