Passport & Visa
Obtaining a passport
All students must have a valid passport to travel outside the United States. If you have not yet applied for your passport, you must do so immediately. Obtaining a passport can take quite a bit of time and can delay the visa process and flight reservations. U.S. citizens can apply at the nearest local authorized passport acceptance facility (such as a post office) or through Department of State Passport Agency. The U.S. Department of State provides instructions on where and how to obtain a passport. Passports are mailed to the applicant four to six weeks after the application is received, and are valid for ten years.
Your passport must be valid for the full duration of your stay abroad. If your current passport will expire within six months of the end of the program, it must be renewed at this time. Otherwise, it might be difficult to enter the country, you may be unable to apply for any necessary visas, and you may have to briefly surrender the passport while abroad, during which freedom to travel may be restricted. Most students need to have their passports 3-6 months prior to departure in order to apply for student visas.
Obtaining a Student Visa
A visa is official/legal permission to enter a country for a stated purpose and specified period of time and is granted by the government of that country. Requirements and procedures for student visas vary by country.
If you plan to study abroad in a country that requires a student visa, you will be guided through the application process by the OSA staff. While the Office of Study Abroad will assist participants about procedures and requirements, securing a visa is an individual responsibility, and not one that OSA or Webster University can or will assume. Visa requirements vary by country and by jurisdiction; some consulates allow students to mail in student visa applications while others require students to apply in person. Please note that these are regulations imposed by the government of the host country, not Webster University. You will need to apply through the Consulate or Embassy that serves your state.
Royal Thai Consulate, Chicago
Jurisdiction: Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
Royal Thai Consulate, Los Angeles
Jurisdiction: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Royal Thai Consulate, New York
Jurisdiction: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.
Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Jurisdiction: Alabama, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Thailand Visa Information
For your convenience, the Office of Study Abroad has generated instructional materials that will help you with the process of completing the forms required for your visa. Feel free to use the following documents to assist you as you apply for your student visa.Visa fees, postage fees and/or travel fees to secure a student visa in person are the responsibility of the student.
- Thailand Visa Application Guidelines (Chicago)
- Thailand Visa Application Guidelines (Los Angeles)
- Thailand Visa Application Guidelines (New York)
- Thailand Visa Application Guidelines (Washington D.C.)
The following are visa services that may assist you with obtaining your visa for an additional fee. Please note that these services are not endorsed by or affiliated with Webster University.
Webster University is not legally in a position to give any advice on applying for a visa. If you need further information, please direct your inquiries to the Thai Consulate that serves your region.
Updated Flight Regulations
To obtain the latest information about what we can and cannot be brought aboard a plane when traveling internationally, please visit the Transportation Security Administration.
Traveling Within Thailand
Get travel advice from Hailey (Spring 2013), Stu (Spring 2013) and David.