A passport that is valid until at least 20 November 2019 is required for all students intending to participate in Centenary in Paris.
If you are even remotely considering attending Centenary in Paris, apply for your passport immediately! The National Passport Agency is experiencing long delays with passport processing, so it is important to apply as soon as possible.
Students applying after June 1 are recommended to select Expedited Service to make sure you have it in time for Centenary in Paris.
First time applicants, or students under 16 years old, must appear in person at a passport acceptance facility.
The National Passport Information Center is available to answer questions regarding the passport application process, application forms, necessary documents, fees, where to apply, and more.
Customer Service representatives are available (excluding Federal holidays):
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm EST
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm EST
Automated passport information is available 24/7 at NPIC@state.gov
All new students must submit the 2019 Housing & Travel Preference Form.
On this form, you will confirm your interest in participating in Centenary in Paris; select preferences and register for your Centenary in Paris course; and provide passport and health and safety information. Register early before classes start to fill!
The above document was developed especially for Centenary in Paris and provides a suggested overview of what to bring.
- Baggage Requirements
A list of do's and dont's to successfully get through airport security
- Packing Videos
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- How to Pack Like a Pro
Travel Insurance, Safety, and Financial Tips
- EIIA Travel Insurance
The college works with EIIA to provide medical, security, and travel-related assistance to all program participants abroad. View and download the insurance card and carry with you for travel. It includes contact information for their U.S. offices, as well as country specific numbers to dial as well. You can also view this quick reference resource describing the coverage offered by our insurance company.
Students will be signed up for the STEP program so that they will receive travel and security updates about their destination and so that the Department of State can contact them in an emergency.
- Finance Tips
- Before going abroad, notify your bank and credit card companies of your travel, and check exchange rates (try xe.com).
- We recommend bringing 2 debit and/or credit cards, at least one having a Visa or MasterCard logo to ensure widespread acceptance. If your card does not have an EMV chip, you may want to ask your bank to send you a chip-enabled card, as the chip and PIN system is used widely in France. Many American credit cards are “chip and sign,” so can be used nearly everywhere except in automated machines. Be sure to check with your credit card provider and bank to clarify whether or not your card has a PIN, to inform them of your upcoming international destination, and to make sure you are familiar with any fees associated with using your cards abroad.
- Fodor's Money Tips for Paris
- Rick Steves' Tips on Using ATMs in Europe
- Paris Emergency Procedures
This document explains details in case of an emergency and provides important contact numbers.
This guide will help you understand your rights and responsibilities with respect to French Customs.
Webpage outlining ways to stay healthy while traveling in France. Provided by CDC.
Travel tips provided by travel guru Rick Steves.