UW STUDY ABROAD PASSPORT GIVEAWAY
Fellow Badger (UW-Madison Student),
Do you have a passport? If not, would you like to apply for one, for FREE?
UW Study Abroad is excited to offer you the chance to receive a scholarship for $145, to cover the cost of a passport application.
If you meet the criteria below, you are encouraged to apply for this opportunity!
- A U.S. citizen
- In need of a passport and NOT A PASSPORT RENEWAL (i.e. this would be your first-ever passport)
To apply, follow the link below and complete the quick application form by March 6, 2020. Students will be selected first-come, first-served for this opportunity:
We will notify students selected for this opportunity by March 13, 2020.
More information about the UW Study Abroad Passport Giveaway:
Why should I apply?
The current cost of a new passport is $145. By participating in the UW Study Abroad Passport Giveaway, you will receive information and assistance to apply for a passport, for FREE. What can I do with my passport? Study abroad, intern abroad, conduct research abroad, and so much more. UW Study Abroad is committed to helping students explore programs and support their goals for international education. Passports for adults are valid for 10 years, and so you can use it for international travel for many years to come.
How do I apply for a passport?
Attached is a document about how to apply for a passport. If you are selected for this opportunity, you will need to meet with UW Study Abroad staff for a document check (to review what is needed for your passport application, and to get free passport photos taken at our office). It will be your responsibility to secure all the needed documents and to submit your passport application to a passport agent individually.
How will I get the money for my passport application?
If you are selected for this opportunity, you will need to meet with UW Study Abroad staff for a document check (to review what is needed for your passport application, and to get free passport photos taken at our office). You would then receive a scholarship in the amount of $145 from International Academic Programs and the International Division. The scholarship would be posted to your student financial account. If there is an outstanding balance on your account, the funds would count as a payment towards that balance. If there is no balance on your student financial account, the money would be distributed to you as a refund from the Bursar’s office.
For full details on passport application requirements, please visit the US Department of State website. NOTE: There are no exceptions to what is detailed here. Everything must be completed EXACTLY as described, and each item is required. All materials must be presented to the agent collecting your passport application. Find an acceptance facility at the US Department of State website.
1. Passport Application Form DS-11 – UNSIGNED
- This may be completed ahead of time in black ink only, but DO NOT SIGN. It must be signed in the presence of a Passport Agent.
- If printing, this form must be printed one sided. Double sided forms will be rejected by passport agents.
- Check the box to apply for a “U.S. Passport Book” on the DS-11 form.
2. Proof of US Citizenship (provide only ONE of the following)
- Certified US birth certificate – photocopies CANNOT be accepted, You can request a certified birth certificate from the Vital Statistics office in the state where you were born.
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
- Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship
3. Proof of Identity (provide ONE of the following)
- Recently issued Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship with easily recognizable photo
- Current, valid driver’s license or state ID
- Government employee ID
- Military ID
*Please note that if an out of state Driver’s License or State ID is presented, a second photo ID may be required by the passport agent. An official college/university issued student ID card is often an appropriate second form of identity*
4. Passport Photo
- Must be an official passport photo. Photos made at home or cut from previous pictures CANNOT be accepted. You can get free passport photos from UW Study Abroad.
- Official passport photos can also be obtained at most Walgreens / CVS / RiteAid stores, or at most passport-issuing locations, such as your local US Post Office, or the Wiscard station in Union South.
5. Photocopy of Proof of US Citizenship (Item 2)
- Clear photocopy (black and white is OK) of the front and back of the valid proof of citizenship that is being presented. You can use a campus library scanner/copier.
6. Photocopy of Proof of Identity (item 3)
- Clear photocopy (black and white is OK) of the front and back of the valid photo ID that is being presented. You can use a campus library scanner/copier.