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Tips for Studying Abroad

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Studying abroad can be a pretty complex process. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help you prepare for your trip and get the most out of the experience.

To assist you, we have asked recent student-travelers to offer some tips and advice for traveling overseas.  We have also compiled a list of useful travel-related Web sites.  These sites cover everything from travel advisories and cultural expectations to tourist sights and accommodations. Before you travel, do your homework and be prepared!

Some words of advice from students who have been there and done that..

  • Purchase a money belt or passport holder
  • Photocopy all official documents (passport, license, visa, etc.)
  • Purchase international medical/health insurance
  • Take extra batteries
  • Don't bring anything that you couldn't afford to lose (i.e., expensive jewelry, high-tech electronics)
  • Suntan lotion and bug spray
  • Review travel guides before your departure
  • Purchase travelers checks and/or find out about using your ATM card abroad
  • Bring important phone numbers (study abroad office, host school contact, parents, etc)
  • Get required immunizations
  • Don't spend your entire trip in tourist areas-take the road less traveled
  • Expand your social networks-don't just hang out with other Americans
  • Take zip lock bags 
  • Roll your clothes when packing
  • Bring closed-toe shoes when visiting countries with sanitation problems
  • Be mindful of social norms and dress accordingly 
  • Bring drip-dry clothes
  • Bring an adequate supply of underwear
  • Purchase a chamois
  • Purchase a non-electric alarm clock
  • Keep prescription medications in their original containers
  • Bring an adequate supply of all necessary medicines 


Useful Travel-related Sites

  • http://www.studyabroad.com/handbook/handbook.html
  • http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html  
  • http://www.counciltravel.com/
  • http://www.iie.org/
  • http://www.letsgo.com/
  • http://www.nationalgeographic.com/traveler/
  • http://www.savvytraveler.com/
  • http://www.cnn.com/travel/

    "My advice to any incoming student is... study abroad or away during your college experience." BW Student, Andrew Higgings


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