Special program provides passports to new Study Abroad students in 2020

photo of passportsStudents undertaking their first Study Abroad program in 2020 may be eligible for a free passport from the Office of International Programs (OIP) through a new program created to eliminate one barrier to international study: cost.

Provost Keith Whitfield says that obtaining a passport and participating in Study Abroad is key to preparing students to live in a global society.

“This new initiative is just one of many ways Wayne State provides access to education for our students,” he says. “A global experience such as Study Abroad helps students understand other cultures, learn how to work with people who have different backgrounds, and see how we are viewed around the world. This is a life-changing opportunity for students, and we don’t want the cost of a passport to prevent them from having that experience.”

The Passport Program was conceived for Giving Day, the university’s annual 24-hour fundraising campaign during which all Warriors and Tartars are encouraged to make a collaborative impact on the student experience. OIP matched all donations to the Passport Program, with the intention of providing at least 100 passports to students who have not studied abroad and do not already have a passport.

“Getting a passport breaks down a psychological barrier to travel,” Ahmad Ezzeddine, associate vice president for international programs, says. “Once it’s in your hand you know you can go anywhere and the world opens up to you. We want to give Wayne State students an opportunity to study abroad, be exposed to the world, travel and learn.”

Passports cost $145 and are a significant investment for students who endeavor to study abroad. To be eligible for a free passport, Wayne State students must:

  • Complete the program application;
  • Be accepted into and register for a Wayne State-sponsored 2020 Study Abroad program (short-term or exchange).

Students can check out all of the Study Abroad programs and complete their application online, answering “no” to the question “Do you have a passport?” No separate application is required.

Recipients will be announced Nov. 21, during International Education Week, and students will be notified via their WSU email.

Questions about the passport program can be directed to margaret.hall@wayne.edu.

The Office of International Programs leads Wayne State’s global engagement by creating opportunities that foster international education and research, facilitate the exchange of individuals and ideas that promote global competencies and citizenship, and provide resources that support the expansion of the university’s global agenda. Follow us @WayneOIP

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