Resource List

I. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A. Travel Documents

    1. Passports
      a) issuing offices
      b) passport services
    2. Birth Certificates
      a) where to write for vital statistics
      b) no birth certificate?
    3. General—Detailed information about entry requirements

B. U.S. State Department

C. U.S. Customs—Information all travelers should know before entering or leaving the U.S.

 
II. HEALTH

A. General (Center for Disease Control)—Information on diseases that may affect travelers

    1. Health Topics A-Z
    2. Regional Health Advisories

B. Vaccinations/Immunizations

  1. CDC Vaccination Information

 C. Culture Shock—Suggestions and advice for dealing with culture shock


III. SAFETY

A. Students and their families should be aware that the U.S. Department of State maintains a website for U.S citizen students who are, or will be, studying abroad.  It may be found at studentsabroad.state.gov/  and addresses the following subject areas:
1. Enrolling ones' presence abroad with the nearest U.S. Embassy through the STEP Enrollment Program at: step.state.gov/step/

2. Checking country-specific conditions as well as travel warnings and alerts at: www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_1764.html

3. Offering students travel safety and other traveling trips provided at: www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/tips_1232.html 


B. Embassies and Consulates

    1. Embassy Search—Database full of contact information for embassies worldwide (U.S. embassies abroad and foreign embassies in the U.S.)
    2. US Embassies and Diplomatic Missions—Advice on contacting American Embassies and Consulates

C. Safety Tips for Travelers

    1. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
    2. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
    3. Road Travel
D. Important Telephone Numbers—Who to call in case of robbery, arrest, detention, abduction, crisis, or death abroad



IV. TRANSPORTATION

A. Air Travel

    1. International Airports Worldwide
    2. FAA Government Site
    3. Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
    4. Online Airfare Providers
      a) Cheaptickets
      b) Sidestep
      c) Travelzoo
      c) Student Universe
      d) STA Travel (air and rail fares)
B. Online Rail Fare Providers

  1. Eurail (discounted rail passes in 17 countries)
  2. Rail Europe (European rail pass vendor)

C. Subway Navigator


V. COMMUNICATION

A. Country and City Dialing Codes

B. U.S. Post Office

C. Internet—Find the cybercafe nearest your study abroad location)


VI. FINANCIAL MATTERS

A. Currency Converter—Lists current exchange rates for nearly every country

B. ATM Locator

C. Visa Travel Money

D. Financial Advice—Advice about budgeting, currency exchange and credit cards

E. Scholarship Opportunity


VII. CRIME, ARREST, & ASSISTANCE

A. Top Ten Ways to Avoid Becoming a Victim

B. Arrest—Description of assistance provided by the US State Department to Americans arrested abroad


VIII. SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS

A. Disabilities—CDC information for travelers with disabilities

B. Underrepresented Groups—Link to organizations, resources, and scholarships that support academic advancement for underrepresented groups.

C. Gay/Lesbian/Transgender—Lesbigay Special Interest Groups site dedicated to lesbians, bisexuals, and gay students traveling abroad

D. Discrimination—Country-specific example of discrimination encountered abroad


IX. TRAVEL

 

    A. Frommer's Budget Travel Online
    B. Let's Go
    C. Lonely Planet
    D. Rough Guides
    E. Rick Steve's Europe through the Back Door
    F. Just Landed
    G. Newspapers from Around the World


X. LANGUAGE

A. Translations

    1. Altavista Translator
    2. Travlang

B. Language Learning

C. Language and Liability—Linguistic dimension of health and safety abroad


XI. TIME ZONES


XII. VOTING ASSISTANCE
(obtain forms to register for absentee voting)


XIII. ADVICE FOR PARENTS (FAQs)


XIV. CALCULATE ME
- Conversions and calculations for temperature, weight, exchange rates and much more.


XV.  COUNTRY SPECIFIC INFORMATION

A. Monetos—Information about moving, working, or studying abroad in the European Union.


XVI.  CAREERS ABROAD

A. Guide to Career Education—The article focuses on giving students the necessary tools to find and explore career opportunities overseas to which they otherwise might not be exposed.

B. Teach Abroad or Volunteer Abroad Scholarships