Having a passport that is valid for at least 3 months beyond your planned date of final departure is required for all students participating 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.

Due to the delays, after June 1, it is recommended to have your passport expedited when you apply to make sure you have it in time for Centenary in Paris.

If you are applying for the first time or are under 16 years old, you 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.

1-888-874-7793 (TDD/TTY)

Customer Service representatives are available:
Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm EST
Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 pm EST
Excluding Federal HolidayAutomated passport information is available 24/7
Automated passport information is available 24/7


Required Documents

All students must submit a copy of the below documents before departing for Paris:

Use the above link to select your preferences for your Centenary in Paris course and register for the Centenary in Paris class.


Packing Tips

The above document was developed especially for Centenary in Paris and provides an overview of what to bring.

  • Baggage Requirements

Air France

A list of do's and dont's to successfully get through airport security


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. For information about using cash, debit/credit cards, and ATMs overseas.
  • We recommend that you bring 2 debit and/or credit cards, at least one of which should have 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.