Links to Helpful Resources
US State Department Websites
The State Department’s bureau of Consular Affairs has developed this site as part of a campaign to promote smart, safe travel by students. It has information on a wide range of topics specifically designed for American students going abroad: http://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en.html/
Before arranging travel, students should consult the U.S. State Department website on the conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security:
More specifically, students should check the U.S. State Department’s current travel warnings list before choosing a country in which to study:
How to apply for a U.S. passport: travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_830.html
Where to submit your passport application materials - Passport Acceptance Facility Search Page
Travel Health and Immunizations
CDC – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – check here to read about health issues and immunization requirements for travel to specific countries.
Study Abroad Program Ratings and Reviews
To see how past participants rate specific programs and providers, check out the following:
Popular Study Abroad Program Search Sites
StudyAbroad.com is the Internet's leading source of information on educational opportunities for students to study in other countries. It is a comprehensive directory of study abroad programs, summer study abroad, Internship, service learning and volunteer abroad programs, intensive language programs all organized either study abroad by subject or study abroad by country or study abroad by city.
GoAbroad.com/ is a leading international education and experiential travel resource. It provides a comprehensive directory with over 17,000 opportunities abroad updated daily to find opportunities to study abroad, volunteer, teach, intern, TEFL, language abroad programs and jobs.
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) is the leading U.S. non-governmental international education organization. CIEE creates and administers programs that allow high school and university students and educators to study and teach abroad.
BUNAC - Work and volunteer programs abroad for students and young people including Summer Camp USA
Student Travel Resources
Find out how to get the International Student ID Card (ISIC) – "Don't leave home without it!" www.isic.org/student-card/the-isic-student-card.aspx
STA Travel - the world's largest student, youth and budget travel organization specializing in cheap flights, hotels and hostels, student travel insurance, and the International Student ID Card (ISIC).
The International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) - a not-for-profit organisation, founded in 1949 by the travel departments of a group of national student unions, to explore the needs of the growing numbers of student and youth travellers. Thanks to the ISTC, students, young people and teaching professionals have access to a global network of leading travel specialists, offering low priced flights, travel tickets, insurance, accommodation, work and study abroad programs as well as special deals on entertainment, sightseeing and shopping in countries all over the world.
Check out the following website for weekend trips while studying abroad: http://www.wsaeurope.com/about-wsa/
MONETOS – For general information about living, working, or studying abroad in EU countries: www.monetos.co.uk/service and for specific issues, such as
- Student life in the UK:www.monetos.co.uk/service/student-life
- Visiting a doctor in an EU country:www.monetos.co.uk/service/doctor
- Money management for students:www.monetos.co.uk/service/student-money
Travel insurance http://www.travelinsurancereview.net/student-travel-insurance/ "Students have a lot to think about when they travel abroad, and this tutorial helps them with a better understanding of travel insurance."
Let's Go Travel Guides
For 50 years, Let's Go www.letsgo.com has provided students with socially responsible travel coverage for destinations across the globe, including accommodations, food, and sights listings, as well as numerous tips for student travelers looking to save money while traveling, working, or studying abroad. Let's Go publishes the world's favorite student travel guides, written entirely by college undergraduate students.
News and Magazines by and for Students Abroad
Café Abroadd is a student-driven enterprise that comprises a weekly online newsmagazine, a quarterly print publication distributed to more than 300 study abroad offices, and a global community of thousands of study abroad students. Currently, the web site features hundreds of articles, photographs, reviews and events written by and for study abroad students living in 400 cites, worldwide. Each day, the resource grows as more students explore their cities and share what they learn on cafeabroad.com.
"Your stories from abroad" PLUS "Insider tips: what you need to know about real life abroad"- http://glimpse.org/
Native Foreigner Magazine http://www.nativeforeignermag.com/ “Native Foreigner was launched in January 2012 as an online community for travelers returning home after spending an extended period abroad. Whether you've spent six months studying abroad in Italy or a year volunteering with children in Africa, we hope to provide you with the resources to make the adjustment home a bit easier.”