From beginning to end, preparing for your program can be very stressful. That's why it's a good idea to find out as much as you can about traveling and more specifically, about your host country, even if you think it's too early to start; remember that being informed is always a smart move!
The Office of Study Abroad strongly recommends using these resources to obtain useful information related to travel in general and study abroad - before and during your program.
Start here! The Center for Global Education
The Center fo Global Education is an international resource center with tons of information for educators, U.S. Study Abroad students, international students in the U.S., and parents. Make sure you explore all the topics related to studying abroad available on this website! General information from the U.S. Department of StateThe Department of State provides information regarding international issues, including policy, travel warnings, and more. The U.S. Department of State also has offers great resources for students abroad, so make sure you check them out!
Travel Regulations and U.S. CustomsHealth and Safety
Curious about travel regulations, what to bring to or from your host country? These resources can help you find the answers!
Find out if vaccinations are required for the country or countries you plan to visit. Also, read about health warnings for other countries, tips for traveling abroad, and our insurance policy with CISI.Exchange rates, currency converter
"How much is that in U.S. dollars?" Instead of guessing, prepare yourself financially by knowing the exchange rate for your host country. For quick currency conversion, use the calculator on the top of this page!
Learn to make phone calls to and from your host country. Don't wait until you get there to figure this out!
News and trends around the world
What's going on in the world? Nothing like being up-to-date with international issues!
Check out the weather in your host country. This will allow to pack accordingly and prepare for weather changes!
Country specific information
These websites have great, useful information specific for the country you want to visit. Have fun reading about them!
When the time comes to book your flight, check out these two websites. Of course, do not limit yourself; if you found a better and more convenient itinerary somewhere else, go with what you think is the best choice.
In addition, try these airlines and internet search engines:
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