Global Education Restarts Annual Passport Fair – The Campus

The Global Education department is set to hold its first post-pandemic passport fair on Nov. 16 at the Henderson Campus Center. All Allegheny students have the option of applying for a passport for free, saving $180 in fees.
After being closed for the past few years, Brita Doyle, Associate Dean for Global Education, plans to restart a series of study outdoors events that make the program more accessible to all students.
“Allegheny College truly believes that all students should be able to travel internationally,” Doyle said. “The world is back and we want to encourage students to be ready for the opportunities that arise.”
The Passport Fair will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students must register online for a time slot. Registration information is posted on the Global Education Department website.
Although the college covers the passport application fee, students will need to bring three documents to their appointment: an original birth certificate, a completed application form available at the college post office, and photo ID. issued by the government.
Doyle explained that the application process is quite simple.
“At the event, you will come to your timeslot,” Doyle said. “(The post office clerks) will review these documents and take the application, then the student is done.”
After returning their form, students have their passport photo taken. The post office then sends the forms to the State Department and the students will receive their passports in the mail, Doyle explained.
“It can seem like an overwhelming bureaucratic process,” Doyle said. “By bringing the passport officers from the post office to campus and funding the cost of the passport for students, I hope we are making it much easier for students to get a passport, so that they are as much closer to the next step of gaining international experience.
For Doyle, studying abroad is one of the most rewarding things a student can do while at university.
“You can also learn a lot about yourself by going to another country and being removed from all your usual surroundings,” Doyle said. “It’s during these experiences that I think students gain an ability to deal with ambiguity, they learn to be more flexible, they learn to navigate difficult situations, they learn to work with people from different backgrounds. and different perspectives.
Faythe Shulte, 23, testified to the positive benefits of studying abroad. Dual majoring in French and Environmental Science, Shulte spent her spring 2022 semester studying in Paris, France as part of Boston University’s Paris Internship Program.
“It’s really hard to say how amazing — and it’s corny, but — the study was life changing,” Shulte said. “I learned so much more about myself and not only who I am as a person, but also where I would like to go in life. It was just amazing to immerse myself in a language and culture that I love.
Shulte added that upon entering college she planned to study abroad, it was just a matter of choosing where. She already had a passport before coming to Allegheny, but many of her friends did not. Shulte noticed how crowded the Passport Fair was in its first year.
“It was so popular,” Shulte said, pointing to the hall in the center of campus. “This whole area was filled with people getting passports.”
However, studying abroad is not the only reason students get their passports. Class of 2026 president Sam Ault explained that while they are attending the fair, at this time they have no plans to study away.
“I’m not actively trying to study abroad, but I would like to not have to pay for my passport,” Ault said. “Also, as a PA resident, I can’t fly with my driver’s license.”
Ault explained that obtaining their passport serves several purposes. Mainly, they can use it to fly within the country. They also plan to use it to travel overseas in the future. However, Ault was quite firm in his decision to stay at Allegheny instead of studying abroad.
“Do I want to leave campus? asked Ault. “I really like it here.”
However, 26-year-old Lydia Wagner has been determined to study abroad since she started looking into colleges.
“This (degree program) is one of the reasons I chose to come here,” Wagner said. “I was really happy with the number of programs available to students.”
Wagner has already started thinking about what program she might attend. His current favorite is the Environmental Science Trip to Costa Rica.
“I think it will be a really fun experience for me to be able to immerse myself in environmental science and Spanish like this,” Wagner said.
Much like Ault, Wagner mentioned that the fee savings convinced her to sign up.
“I was really intrigued that they would waive the fee,” Wagner said. “It’s a pretty big saving, so I’m going to have to do it.”
Ault and Wagner are not the only ones to benefit from this event. So far, 61 students have registered for the Passport Fair, according to Global Education’s registration sheet. That’s about $10,890 worth of passports covered by the president’s office. However, many places are still open. Doyle explained that the goal of the event is to help as many students as possible, so there is no limit to the number of people attending.
“We want to remove one of the barriers (to studying abroad) for these students,” Doyle said. “As many students as we can plan to come between nine and three that day can get passports.”
That’s not the only thing the Global Education department does to help students. Doyle explained that with the world reopening, the department plans to restart many of its annual events that were put on hold during COVID.
“I will continue to hold general education sessions at the start of each semester,” Doyle said. “In the next academic year, we’ll be re-establishing our study abroad fair… It’s the kind of stuff we’re re-launching now that the world is opening up again.”
She stressed that study abroad is an opportunity that every student should consider. For those unsure whether or not to travel, Doyle said they should meet with her to talk about it.
“The Global Education department is here to help prepare students for their experience,” Doyle said. “Come talk to me, ask questions and help me understand what your doubts are. I’m happy to talk with students about their circumstances, their personal, professional and academic life here and help see if that’s a possibility.
She added that no matter what a student is studying, there is a way for them to study abroad.
“With careful planning, students can study abroad regardless of major,” Doyle said.
Shulte agreed, explaining that Allegheny makes it “economically feasible” for students to travel abroad.
“If you get the chance and it works, take it,” Shulte said. “There are a lot of different scholarships and things like that that made it cheaper for me to study than being at Allegheny for a semester.”