Start Planning Your Study Abroad Trip


You’re still a freshman but it’s not too early to start planning your study abroad experience.

First, get a passport.  It’s easy! It can be done at the Campus Post Office.

The University Post Office offers U.S. Passport application services.  You can pick up a passport application at our post office or fill out online, and once you complete it, the University Post Office will accept your application and send it to the government for processing.  If you need a passport photo, the University Post Office offers this service, too.  So if you are planning to travel outside the U.S., the Post Office can help you with the passport process.

Come to the front window, Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., and ask for passport assistance.  Please remember that securing a passport is a process that begins with an application and must then proceed through government channels.  Therefore receiving your passport may take between four and six weeks, so please apply for your passport well ahead of your trip.  There is an expedited service that will provide your passport faster, but this service is more expensive than the routine service.

One of the required documents for obtaining a passport is a certified birth certificate, or if you have a previously issued passport in good condition it may be used in place of the birth certificate. If you are thinking about getting a passport and you are at home for Easter break, then this might be a good time to find your birth certificate or old passport and bring it back with you.

For more information about travel, passports and fees, click on the following link:

Remember that your University Post Office is the place to apply for your US Passport!

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Consider the reasons we want you to have an international experience while you’re at Appalachian.  According to the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad, a global, not-for-profit academic consortium that offers study abroad programs to more than 5,700 U.S. college students each year), today’s college graduates will live and work in a global society with a global economy.  Markets and trends change quickly; businesses succeed best when they have the kind of global expertise that leads to creative and innovative strategies. You will need to jump on board this fast-moving train. A quality university education will help you gain global skills by providing opportunities to make global connections to your own life and work.

The results of a 2012 study conducted by IES Abroad included some striking outcomes for recent college graduates who had studied abroad through IES:

  • Within 6 months of graduation, 89% got their first job, with almost half securing the job while still in school.
  • Within one year after graduation, 96% had secured a job, compared to only 49% of respondents in the general college graduate population.
  • They earn, on average, $7,000 more in starting salaries, compared to recent U.S. college graduates from the general population.
  • Of those who went on for more ­education, 76% got into their first choice graduate school, and another 14% got into their second choice school.

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Want to talk to a person on campus about the logistics of studying abroad? See the website of Appalachian’s International Education and Development Office and find info sessions, info on financial aid, etc.  We work to make going abroad as inexpensive as possible– and it’s certainly cheaper to do while you’re a student than it will be later!



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