Study Abroad Off-Campus Resources

Researching your off-campus destination and advanced planning are essential components to a successful off-campus experience. The resources listed will help you prepare for your program as well as provide valuable information for cultural adjustment.

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General Travel Resources

U.S. State Department Students Abroad This site is managed by the U.S. Department of State for students who plan to travel abroad. It contains helpful resources such as information on travel warnings, passports, travel tips, and health and safety abroad.

Travel.state.gov Explore the different sections of the website to learn about everything from applying for a passport to tips on personal safety and travel advisories and warnings.

Mobility International A non-profit organization that provides information on education and travel abroad for people with disabilities.

What's Up With Culture? An interactive resource to support and enhance a student’s ability to make successful cultural adjustments both before going overseas and upon return home from study abroad.

Skype Internet phone software for communicating.

Passport, Visa, Embassy, Consulate Information

All students studying outside of the United States need a valid passport. The passport needs to be valid for a minimum of six months after the study abroad program end date. If a passport is needed, students should begin the process of obtaining a passport early in their program planning.  The routine processing time for a passport is approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application.

For general information on applying for and renewing passports, visit U.S. State Department Passport Information

Visa Information of U.S. Citizens
If you are planning on studying abroad for a semester or longer, you many need to investigate the need to obtain a student visa. It is important to learn the visa requirements as you choose your summer, semester, or year abroad program. Many consulates now require students appear in person to apply for a visa.

Additional visa information can be found at here, U.S. State Department Visa Information for U.S. Citizens.

Find out where the U.S. Embassy or consulate will be located in your host destination, U.S. Embassies Abroad.

Visa Information for Non-U.S. Citizens
Non-U.S. citizens are responsible for researching and obtaining any required visas for the country where they plan to study. A delay in obtaining a required visa may jeopardize your ability to participate in the program.  Non-U.S. citizens need to contact their embassy or consulate for information on entry requirements for a specific country.  

Use this directory to find your embassy or consulate worldwide, Consulates and Embassies Worldwide.

Health, Safety and Insurance Information

The following sites are helpful in providing country specific and general information about immunization, health, and safety concerns. Students are strongly encouraged to research the health and safety conditions in the country they will be traveling.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Health information and vaccination requirements for travel.

Medical Information for Americans Traveling Abroad, Health information for travelers, including contact information for travel insurance companies.

The U.S. State Department Travel Advisories, Country specific information on travel, crime, medical facilities, embassy and consulates.

SAFETI Clearinghouse (Safety Abroad First – Educational Travel Information), Information related to safety and study abroad.

Sara’s Wish, Travel safety information and tips for student travel programs.

Off-Campus Study Insurance Options, Please note inclusion on this list does not imply endorsement by Grand View University.

Host Country Information

CIA World Fact Book, Produced annually by the Central Intelligence Agency, contains information about the countries of the world.

U.S. State Department “Background Notes”, Information on countries throughout the world.

Rough Guides, Lonely Planet Guidebooks, Let’s Go Guidebooks, Flash Book Travel Guides,
Travel guides are a great resource to help you investigate the area where you will be studying.

National Geographic Maps, A comprehensive collection of maps and satellite images for all countries and areas of the world.

Planning, Packing, and Travel

Transportation Security Administration, Airport traveler information.

STA Travel, A student travel organization that provides information on the International Student Identity Card (ISIC), Eurail passes, discount airfares, etc.

Student Universe, Provides students with deals, such as discounts for airfare, hotel, and hostel bookings.

Hostelling International (HI), Secure booking service for Youth Hostels worldwide. We refer you to this hostel organization because the hostels associated with this network are managed for quality safe accommodation.

Kayak, Search engine which compares hundreds of travel sites to find and book flights, hotels, rental cars.

Currency Conversions, Learn the currency of your destination and the current exchange rate.

Western Union, Services such as money transfers and money orders.

International Travel Checklist, Suggestions for items to pack.

World Electric Guide


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