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After you deposit for the Cornerstone Abroad program in the UK, if you do not have a passport, you will need to apply for one as soon as possible. If you already have a passport, please double check that it does not expire within 6 months of the start date of the program (spring 2022). Students also will want to make certain that their passport is in good condition, as damaged passports can be refused for use (at the airport or upon entry in the UK). Students who do not have a passport or who need a new passport should apply for one by May 2021.


All students are required to obtain a short term UK study visa prior to departure to UK, unless otherwise directed. More information about UK visas and entering the country will be available in the fall.

Note: depending on the country of citizenship, international students may have additional requirements for a visa for the semester in UK. We advise you contact the UK Consulate in your country for information about visas and obtaining documentation to travel and study in the UK.

Proof of Health Insurance/International Insurance

You will be required to secure international health insurance and to report your coverage information and any medical conditions (via AU forms) to American University and BSU. Students also will be enrolled in AU's emergency medical insurance for international travel. However, the student's own international insurance will be used as their primary policy that will provide coverage overseas, as the AU emergency insurance only covers emergencies during the program dates.

Declare Documented Accommodation Requests

Students are strongly encouraged to disclose and preregister any documented accommodation requests with the American University Academic Support & Access Center (AU ASAC) at (202)885-3360.

Students will need to obtain an official letter from ASAC that will be forwarded to BSU to determine how requested accommodations will be arranged at BSU.

AU Study Abroad Forms

All students participating in Cornerstone Abroad are required to complete AU forms for submission to the Cornerstone Program Office in May and June. Failure to complete and submit any forms to AU may result in removal from the program.

These forms include:

  • Program Expectations
  • Consent & Release
  • Passport Information
  • Emergency Contact Information
  • Disability Accommodation Request
  • Medical and Insurance Information
  • Student ID Card Photo Submission
  • FERPA Waiver
  • Permission to Travel
  • Visa & Residence Permit Procedure
  • AP/IB Scores (if applicable)

Students will be provided with more information about the forms and their due dates in May and June.