Resources

Although the idea of studying abroad is very exciting, for some, the process can be a little overwhelming. Fortunately, there are a multitude of online resources available to help you decide whether study abroad is right for you.

Academic Programs

The Arcadia University’s College of Global Studies website provides information on a variety of the college’s programs as well as application material.

The Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University website provides information on the institute’s various programs as well as application material.

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) website provides information on the organization’s programs for studying and working abroad.

The School of International Training (SIT) website provides information on the institute’s various programs as well as application material.

The Institute for the International Education of students (IES) website provides information on the institute’s various programs as well as application material.

Saint Louis University - Madrid Campus website provides information on the institute’s various programs as well as application material. Students can study in Spain while taking courses in English.

Country-Specific Websites

The Australian Education Office provides listings of study abroad programs (including US-sponsored ones) at Australian universities.

The American-Scandinavian Foundation provides a comprehensive directory of study, language and work abroad programs in all the Scandinavian countries, including US-sponsored programs.

The British Council USA’s Study in the UK website includes official information on study, scholarships, internships and student employment in the United Kingdom.

The British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association provides directories of undergraduate and graduate study programs available in the UK (does not include U.S.-sponsored programs).

The MatadorNetwork is the world’s largest, independent travel magazine.  The articles, “Why Should I Study In _____” offer great information.  Check out the ones for Italy, and Spain.

Health and Safety

The Center for Global Education newsletter produced through SAFETI (Safety Abroad First – Educational Travel Information) includes articles and a “FAQ” section for parents.

The Centers for Disease Control provides official information from the U.S. government about health conditions worldwide, including recommendations for immunizations and locations of travel clinics.

The World Health Organization offers online information on health, safety and more. The website claims to use information from the CDC, U.S. State Department, World Health Organization and medical journals.

The U.S. Customs Office offers travel information regarding customs restrictions and duty fees on items brought into the U.S. by travelers.

www.travel.state.gov for safety information, travel warnings etc.

The Association for Safe International Road Travel is a non-profit organization that provides information worldwide on the risks of road travel.

The Council on International Educational Exchange offers an online checklist for health considerations before going abroad.

The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers can assist in locating English-speaking physicians worldwide.

The U.S. State Department’s Safe Trip Abroad site provides tips for all who travel abroad. Allows individuals to register for the U.S. DOS Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP).

The Council on International Educational Exchange offers a variety of recommended reading for travelers.

The U.S. State Department’s Travel Advisories are an essential resource for U.S. citizens looking government-issued travel risk information on crime, travel safety, health, etc.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides travel advisories issued by the Australian government.

The United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides travel advisories issued by the British government.

Health Insurance Companies

The Council International ID Card Insurance is automatically included with international ID cards issues by Council, but it should not be your only health insurance.

iNext  offers a complete network of travel insurance coverage for both individuals and groups and is provided through Travel Guard.

International SOS offers comprehensive health insurance, medical evacuation, and a variety of other services.

Medex International is another medical evacuation service offering health and travel insurance.

Wallach & Company, Inc., specializes in providing medical and related insurance to people traveling outside their home countries.

The U.S. State Department provides medical information for Americans traveling abroad.

Passports and Visas

The U.S. State Department’s passport site provides information and downloadable applications for U.S. citizens interested in obtaining a passport. A passport is required for travel to nearly all countries. First-time applicants will have to apply in person at an officially designated location. Allow at least a month for processing, though expedited processing (within 10 business days) is available at an additional cost.

epassportphoto.com allows you to print FREE passport-sized photos, as well as other services.

The U.S. State Department’s foreign entry requirements provides visa information for U.S. citizens traveling as tourists. Visas may not always be necessary, but are usually required for study, work or stays longer than a few months.

The Electronic Embassy offers a comprehensive list of foreign embassies in Washington, D.C. Websites of individual countries provide official information about visas, cultural exchanges and more.

The U.S. Department of State website provides essential help from the U.S. government for everything from travel safety advisories and crisis assistance for U.S. citizens abroad to contact information for all U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

Student ID Cards

The International Student Identity Card offers basic and comprehensive medical insurance and discounts on entertainment venues and airfares abroad.

Transportation

Student Universe offers discount student hotel and airfares

AESU Travel specializes in airfares, rail passes and other products for student travelers, particularly for European destinations.

Council Travel/STA Travel is a large student travel agency with worldwide branches specializing in airfares, rail passes and other products for student travelers. It’s affiliated with the Council on International Educational Exchange.

TravelocityKayakOrbitzPriceline all provide the databases used by travel agents and assist in finding inexpensive airfare.

DER Travel Services, a major U.S. provider of Eurail passes, provides information about point-to-point tickets, rail schedules, Eurail and regional or country rail passes. The affiliated German Rail’s website offers extensive information on train schedules.

The European Railway Server provides information about the European railways, timetables and travel planners.

Rail Europe, a major U.S. provider of Eurail passes, provides information about point-to-point tickets, rail schedules, Eurail and regional or country rail passes.

Routes International provides links worldwide for all modes of transportation.

Currency Converters

The Oanda currency converter allows for factoring in different rates typical of credit card and cash exchanges.

Universal (Xenon) currency converter

Go Currency.com allows for factoring in different rates typical of credit card and cash exchanges.

Maps

MapQuest

Click on “Maps” to be able to choose country, city and street maps worldwide. Site is fast and has a convenient zoom feature.

National Geographic’s Map Machine offers maps, satellite images and basic facts, but not street maps.

Weather

Weather Channel (US)

Weather Channel (World)

Miscellaneous

The Study Abroad Handbook provides information about passports, visas, required immunizations, student ID card, etc.; cultural differences; safety and security; legalities and coping with emergencies; things to do before departing and more.

Transitions Abroad is unique in its coverage of all education abroad options, from study and work abroad to educational travel. The online version of its magazine includes information such as annotated guides to resources, country-by-country listings of programs for study, work, internships, volunteering, language study, living abroad and more.

The World Wide Colleges and Universities website offers links to university and international offices, organized by country. This site, hosted by USC Global for Global Education, may be especially useful for students looking for direct-enrollment options.

Scholarships

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides up to $5000 to students who already receive federal Pell Grants.

Diversity Abroad scholarships

The Boren Awards (also has a special summer program for STEM fields)

Critical Language Scholarship

Go Overseas Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad, teach abroad and volunteer abroad.

Fund for Education Abroad

Whitaker International Program (biomedical scholarships).

Asia

The Bridging Scholarship (for Japan).

The Gilman International Scholarship Program provides up to $5000 to students who already receive federal Pell Grants.

Germany

www.daad.org

Middle East

RIS Louis Levine Scholarship

Study Abroad Search Engines

iiepassport.org

GoAbroad.com

Petersons.com

Study Abroad.com