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What is a visa? Authorization granted by a country to a foreigner, allowing for someone to enter and remain in a country. A visa will include limits on the duration of the foreigner's stay, areas within the country they may enter, the dates they may enter, the number of permitted visits, or an individual's right to work or study during their visit.

How do I find out if I need a visa? It is best to check with Travel.State.Gov and the local embassy to which you will be traveling. Additionally, whichever program you are applying to will often provide some assistance for you as you determine if a visa is necessary or not. Although BHSU International Relations Office can also help assist you, we are not responsible and not eligible to apply for a visa on your behalf. There can be additional costs associated with applying for a visa, often which require traveling in person to a local embassy, paying carrier services, or shipping fees. All study abroad students are responsible for determining if a visa is required for their program, applying for the visa, and ensuring they have the proper permission to enter the study abroad destination. BHSU is not responsible if a visa application is denied.

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Kaitlin Palmer
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Phone: 605-642-6942
Fax: 605-642-6254

International Relations & Global Engagement
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