Immigration and Visas


If you have not already applied for your passport, please do so immediately.  All program participants are required to have a valid passport.  Many countries require your passport be valid at least 6 months or longer beyond the dates of your trip.  If your passport expires before the required validity, you will have to apply for a new one.  Be sure to keep a photocopy of the front page of your passport at home and in several other places; if you lose your passport, this will help expedite the process of getting a new one. 

A scanned copy of your passport can be stored at the Dartmouth College International SOS website.  Please log on to the ISOS website using the Dartmouth College group membership number (11BSGC000018) and follow the link “Activate your Emergency Record.” 



A visa is an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country.  For many countries U.S. citizens do not require a visa for stays less than 90 days .  You can determine if you will need a visa by checking the Travisa website, see below, and typing in the country you will be visiting and your country of citizenship.  If you need a visa, you are responsible to complete the visa application process. 

Dartmouth College has partnered with Travisa Passport and Visa Service to provide the Dartmouth community with comprehensive information and support in obtaining travel documents; Travisa can help with your visa or passport needs for a discounted fee.  For general information, please go to:

If your travel requires you to carry additional entry letters, you will receive a notification via email from the Guarini Institute along with instructions on when you can pick up this letter from the Guarini Institute.

Start early if you determine you will need a visa or will be attending back-to-back programs and traveling to multiple places.

Additional Resources

Global Dartmouth Travel Resources Page
Information of Interest to Outbound Travelers

Office of Visa and Immigration Services (OVIS)
Services offered by OVIS include pre- and post-arrival information for incoming international students, faculty, scholars, researchers, and staff; visa processing and advising for their various visa types. OVIS also provides work authorizations and tax information as allowed by specific visa types.