Here at CIE, we want to make sure that a student’s study abroad experience goes as smoothly as possible. We also know that traveling abroad can be daunting and may need a little guidance for planning. Below CIE has put together some helpful information to help get students started.


Steps to getting a passport:

  1. Complete and print a passport application online or at an authorized passport acceptance facility.
  2. Get passport photo(s) taken for the application.
  3. Submit the application and photocopies of identification documents at an authorized passport acceptance facility.
  4. Find the application and the most up to date information online at: or

The Center for International Education offers passport and visa photo-printing services. For more information please refer to CIE’s Travel Services page.

Local Passport Acceptance Facilities

AddressPhone number
Juneau Station Post Office606 E. Juneau Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202-9998
Milwaukee Main Post Office
345 W. St Paul Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53201-5066
Milwaukee County Court House901 N. 9th St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233
North Milwaukee Station Post Office5995 N Teutonia Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53209-9998
North Shore Branch Post Office5651 N Lydell Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53217-9998
Shorewood Post Office1620 E. Capitol Dr.
Shorewood, WI 53211-9998

Travel Planning

Much logistical planning will take place after you have been accepted into your program. See the links below for in-depth information on a variety of topics found in our study abroad handbook. 

Optional Forms


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of students’ educational records. This law prevents UWM, including the CIE study abroad team, from releasing information considered confidential under this law without students’ prior written consent.  

Power of Attorney

The Wisconsin Power of Attorney form grants another individual, a student’s “agent”, the power to act and/or sign on their behalf in the management of their finances and property. This form does not authorize anyone to make medical or other health care decisions for them. A Power of Attorney form is likely most appropriate for participants on semester-long or academic-year-long programs, though it can be useful for anyone who may need someone to be able to assist with or handle business in the U.S., such as paying bills or filing taxes. 

More information on FERPA and Power of Attorney forms can be found in the study abroad handbook here.

Additional Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I need a visa to study abroad?

Visa requirements vary from country to country and are dependent on the length of stay. Within the study abroad application it will list if the specific program needs a visa, and the student may be responsible for obtaining it independently for their program.

I don’t have a passport yet. How can I complete my application?

If you do not have your passport yet, apply for one as soon as possible. While you wait for it to arrive, upload a copy of your receipt to show proof of purchase – this will be sufficient for your application. Once you receive your passport, upload a copy.

Do I need to book my own flight?

Students are responsible for purchasing airfare to their program destination unless instructions in their application state otherwise. Check with your study abroad coordinator or the specific program details to see if a flight is included in your program.

What should I pack?
How do I handle money abroad?

Visit our handbook for information on money handling and banking by clicking here.