Korea Passport and Visa Information
To study abroad, you must have a signed, valid passport from your country of citizenship that will not expire for a minimum of 6 months after your planned return date. If you do not have a passport, or it's about to expire, make sure you apply or renew as soon as possible! US Citizens can refer to the US Department of State’s website for more information regarding passports.
A student visa is official permission by a foreign government to live and study in that country. It typically comes in the form of a stamp that is inserted directly into your passport. Depending on your length of stay, all US passport holders must obtain a student visa prior to departure. However, you cannot apply for a visa more than 90 days prior to your arrival in Korea. This process can take 2–3 months or longer to complete. During this time, the consulate will have your actual passport while your visa is processed. Traveling internationally prior to the start of your study abroad program will interfere with your visa application process. You will not be able to apply until you have received your official acceptance from the University abroad
If your parent(s) are Korean Nationals you may encounter challenges in the visa process. If this is the case, contact your Program Advisor prior to your acceptance to the program, for advice on applying for the appropriate visa. Recommendations may differ depending on your specific situation.
Further information will be posted to your USAC Student Gateway account in the USAC Visa Guide, which you will receive about 4 months prior to the program start. Program Advisors in the Central Office are also available to answer any visa questions you may have.
All costs related to obtaining a visa, including travel, are your responsibility.
Check with your home country consulate, as well as the embassy of the country in which you plan to study, regarding visa requirements. Permanent Residents of the US should check with US Immigration as leaving the country for more than one year may jeopardize permanent resident status. Tax clearance and re-entry forms may also be necessary in these cases.