In order to help ensure your study abroad experience is the best it can be, we have provided the below list of resources to consult before you leave and while you are away.
- Start here! - The U.S. Department of State maintains this web site designed specifically for students traveling abroad. The site contains driving tips, healthcare information, safety tips, as well as guidance for emergency preparedness for everything from earthquakes to 9-1-1 calls.
- Health alerts and vaccination requirements - Get the latest travel health information from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
- Passports - Everything you need to know on how to obtain a passport from inside or outside of the U.S.
- Etiquette - Learn about the cultural do's and don'ts in the countr(ies) you will be visiting.
- Online currency calculator - This handy tool helps ensure you always know the exchange rate in the country you will be visiting. It will also help convert your foreign currency back to U.S. dollars.
- World Factbook - Compiled by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the "World Factbook" provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.
- Air Travel - Familiarize yourself with the U.S. Transportation and Security Administration's guidelines for airport screening procedures and prohibited items.
- U.S. Embassies - This web site includes the locations of all U.S. embassies and consular offices, in addition other country-specific information such as whether you need a visa, crime and security information, health and medical conditions, drug penalties, and localized hot spots.
Health Insurance Information and Resources
In the event that you become ill or have a need for medical services while you are abroad, it is important that you have adequate health insurance coverage. The below resources can help you obtain reliable health insurance when traveling outside the U.S.