Travel Documents – Passports & Visas


Please make sure to apply for your passport as soon as possible after you’ve been accepted to a program (it not before)! Visit the U.S. State Department’s website to fill out a new passport or renewal application and find out how to submit your application. Please read all the directions carefully to avoid delays in receiving your passport.

Steps to Obtaining a U.S. Passport:

  1. Fill out an application form (online or printable version)
  2. Take 2 passport photos (you can have passport photos made at virtually any drugstore or download a passport photo app and print your own.)
  3. Prove you’re a U.S. citizen
  4. Show your ID
  5. Pay the application fee
  6. Drop it off at a Passport Acceptance Facility

Not sure where to apply? The U.S. State Department’s website has a handy guideline for where you should apply for your passport based on how much time you have left before you leave.

Please note: students who need a passport for travel within two weeks or in order to get a visa for travel within four weeks should make an appointment at the Atlanta Passport Agency.

The closest Passport Acceptance Facility to GSU is:

Fulton County Clerk of Superior Court
136 Pryor Street
Atlanta, GA 30303

Search for other Passport Acceptance Facilities

Visa Information

A visa gives you official permission to enter the host country. In many countries, you only need a visa if you are staying longer than three months. However, you should always check with your program contact person and the country’s embassy or consulate to be sure. Visa application rules and procedures vary from country to country; some countries require all international guests to obtain a visa, while others don’t require a visa for entry at all. Visa requirements can be found on embassy or consulate websites for the country to which you will be traveling. Take extra care in checking that you have everything exactly as needed for your visa, as visas are often denied or delayed if your application is not completed correctly. If you are traveling with a GSU sponsored program, ask your Program Director if a visa is required.