A passport is not just a simple passport. A passport is the first step to an adventure, and an item that is treasured years after your first experience (because often it isn’t your last), as you proudly look back at the stamps you have collected. In the wise words of Grumpy Cat–
For some, part of applying for study abroad is getting your first passport or renewing it. Even if you aren’t thinking about travel right now, a passport is a great idea so that you can be ready when an opportunity presents itself. You can visit travel.state.gov for help.