University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Study Abroad Frequently Asked Questions

Me abroad

The study abroad experience is personal to each individual student. The SAO recognizes that some students have specialized concerns when planning their study abroad experience. Topics and issues highlights information to review prior to embarking on your program.

Helpful Travel Information 

Emergencies and safety abroad

Obtaining a passport
As soon as you are certain that you plan to study about, apply for your passport or renewal.  If this is your first passport, you will need to report to any U.S. Post Office with a completed application, your documentation and form of payment.  The cost for a passport book is $135. The Johnstown Post Office (111 Franklin Street/814-533-4936) passport office is open Monday-Friday between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Renewals ($110) can be done on-line. Visit U.S. Passport Services (U.S. Department of State) to obtain a passport or renewal application (available as a fillable document) and a list of documentation you will need to bring with you to the Post Office. You must also obtain two, passport-sized photographs available at various locations such as U.S. Post Offices, Rite Aid Pharmacies, Wal Mart Photo Centers, or AAA in the Johnstown Galleria.

Obtaining a visa 
Your program provider will provide all necessary information. Students cannot apply for a visa any earlier than 90 days prior to the start of their program. Visa fees are approximately $100 to $450. Often students participating in an internship or studying abroad for a duration longer than 90 days must obtain a visa but requirements vary from country to country.  Research general information regarding visas at

Other State Department sites

Before, During and After Your Trip Abroad

Researching your host country 

World news

Travel resources while abroad

Hostel lodging after completing your program

Online travel advice and guidebooks

Health abroad

Money and banking abroad

General interest to travelers