Passports and Visas

Apply for your passport now - even if you're not 100% sure about studying abroad
Obtaining a passport is a crucial part of the study abroad process.


A valid passport is required for non-citizens to enter another country. U.S. citizens can find the passport application and instructions on the U.S. Department of State's website. See their helpful video for additional guidance.

One Card Services offers passport photo services on campus. Photo processing fees can be paid for via Spidercard account, cash (exact change), or check (payable to University of Richmond).

Most countries also require a student visa for study abroad, depending the duration of travel and/or one's citizenship). Travelers' passports should be valid for at least 6 months after the planned return date.

U.S. citizens, please note:
  • In-person application is required for first passports, and for renewals of passports issued under the age of 16.
  • To find the nearest location to apply for a passport, refer to the U.S. Department of State website.
  • Nonbinary, intersex, and gender non-conforming travelers may apply for a U.S. passport with an "X" gender marker. These are valid, government-issued passports and should be accepted everywhere as any other U.S. passport; however, some travelers have encountered issues, which are outlined here.


It is recommended that students expedite every aspect of the U.S. passport process — both the application processing and mailing of the passport.

Non-U.S. Passports

Those with non-U.S. passports will need to check with their home country about the passport renewal requirements and processing times if their passports are due to expire within the next year.


The visa is usually a stamp imprinted on a page inside your passport, which is obtained in the U.S. (or your home country) and presented upon entry to the destination country. Often students cannot obtain a student visa abroad. The program abroad and the UR study abroad advisor will provide students with further information and instructions, as applicable.