We want traveling abroad to be a safe, enjoyable experience for our students. Here are some tips for staying safe abroad:
REGISTER YOUR TRIP ABROAD
This informs the local embassy of your being abroad and will help you in the event of an emergency in your home country or the country you are visiting.
STAY A WELL INFORMED WORLD TRAVELER
Investigate the local conditions, laws, legal system, weather, and culture of the country you're visiting. Also, keep an eye out for any Travel Warnings at the U.S. State Department's website.
MAKE COPIES OF YOUR TRAVEL DOCUMENTS,
such as your passport, identification, and credit cards, and carry a copy of each with you (separate from the originals) and leave copies at home.
DO YOUR HOMEWORK
Learn about the museums, sites and landmarks in your destination before you go. Soon you'll be able to explore them all on foot and see for yourself!
KEEP AN OPEN MIND
Everything might be different, but that is what is so great about it!
Reluctant to travel overseas by yourself? Consider studying abroad with a close friend. Although study abroad is about stepping outside your comfort zone, you'll still get your share and in good (familiar) company.
PACK LIGHT AND SMART
When packing, make sure you've checked your airline's luggage restrictions and to save lots of room, use travel sized toiletries (you can always buy the regular sized once you get there).
KEEP A JOURNAL
Either you've already thought of this one or you find it cliché. But take it from us; it's a fool proof way to remember all of your adventures abroad! (And it'll be fun to read through later.
SET A WEEKLY BUDGET
Money spending in a foreign place can easily get out of hand with the change in currency. Be smart about your spending, and set a realistic, affordable budget for yourself to keep track and stay in control.
The State Department now even has a site specifically for students abroad that you should definitely check out: https://travel.state.gov/content/studentsabroad/en.html