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VSU Passport Day

Published date: November 9, 2016

For its annual VSU PASSPORT DAY, scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 2016, Virginia State University has teamed up with the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE) to host the CIEE Passport Caravan. The CIEE Passport Caravan is a one-day, on-campus event designed to encourage students to study abroad by helping 75 students apply for U.S. passports for FREE. Once issued, U.S. passports last for ten years opening up a decade of possibilities for individuals to study, live, work and travel outside the United States. VSU Passport Day will be held in Jones Dining Hall, 2nd Floor, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Students interested in receiving the sponsored passport must register in advance with the VSU Office for International Education (Trinkle 205). All students seeking passports must bring the required materials needed to complete the passport application process. A list of mandatory materials is available at the U.S. Department of State website at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/first-time.html. VSU Passport Day also offers VSU employees and their families the convenience of applying for their passports as well. Individual processing of each application is expected to take about 10 minutes. The one-stop service will include the opportunity for employees to pay for a passport ($135) and purchase passport photos ($10) on site as well.

The Passport Caravan is part of CIEE's support of Generation Study Abroad(tm), an initiative to make study abroad possible for more U.S. students by breaking down the three major barriers to study abroad: cost, curriculum, and culture. Over the next five years, CIEE is sponsoring passports for 10,000 students around the country as well as providing $20 million in scholarships and making an annual grant to college faculty to support innovative approaches for custom study abroad programs. The goal of Generation Study Abroad is to double the number of American students who study abroad by 2020.

Founded in 1947, CIEE is the country's oldest and largest nonprofit study abroad and intercultural exchange organization serving more than 300 U.S. colleges and universities, 1,000 U.S. high schools and more than 35,000 international exchange students each year. CIEE operates 61 study centers in 43 countries, sponsors international faculty training programs, teach abroad programs, and various specialty and custom programs for secondary, post-secondary, and international students. To learn more about CIEE, visit www.ciee.org.<http://www.ciee.org/>

For more information about VSU PASSPORT DAY or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. George H. Bennett, Office for International Education, at 804.524.5986.

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