Samford University students who intend to apply to study abroad during 2008 should begin the passport application process immediately, say Samford International Studies program administrators.
Here's why: Samford policy requires that a student must submit either a photocopy of a valid passport ID page or a receipt showing that they have applied for a passport before they can apply to study abroad.
Because the passport application process can be long, students are encouraged to take the initial steps before returning to campus for the spring semester. A little planning, advisors say, can prevent a last-minute call home for a needed birth certificate or other document, and a possible missed chance for a study opportunity of a lifetime.
An information meeting for summer and fall study abroad programs will be held Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in Brock Forum.