50 Insanely Useful Resources for Studying Abroad
Studying abroad can be an exciting opportunity to learn new skills, experience different cultures, and make new friends. Choosing to study abroad can be scary, but it is overall an enriching, fun, and safe adventure. However, you do need the right tools to make it a positive experience, so these 50 incredibly useful resources will help anyone who wants to study abroad.
U.S. Government Resources
Valuable tools and steps to take before you leave the country for safe international travel as a U.S. citizen.
1. Passport Services: Information and links on how to get a new passport, replace an expired passport, or report a stolen passport.
2. Nearest Embassy: Before you travel, find out where the local U.S. embassy is located, visa requirements, local laws, and current travel warnings.
3. Safety Checklist: Important information about the steps you can take to prepare for emergencies with a handy checklist before you go.
4. STEP: Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free government service that lets U.S. citizens register their trips so they can find you in case of civil unrest, family emergencies, or natural disasters.
5. Travel Alerts: Know the latest travel warnings around the world and take them seriously before traveling to countries that pose a risk to American travelers.
6. Student Travel: Specific information for students traveling abroad, including what to do in an emergency, tips for women and LGBT travelers, international laws, and other safety tips.
Study Abroad School Resources
Information on choosing school programs with extensive study abroad resources for students and teachers.
7. Study Abroad: Resources for students planning to study abroad with school recommendations, scholarship information, and teaching abroad programs.
8. Students Abroad: Resources for college students who are planning to study abroad with 48 country-specific handbooks, school information, and planning guides.
9. Go Abroad: Useful resources for studying, teaching, and volunteering abroad with a handy tool that allows you to choose the country, time of year, and subject you want to study.
10. College Reviews: List of the best U.S. colleges and universities that offer incredible study abroad programs as part of their curriculum.
11. Study Abroad 101: Program rankings and resources for top programs, most livable cities, and best budget-friendly countries.
12. NAFSA: National association with resources for teachers and students studying abroad with training information, financial aid resources, a parent’s guide, and more.
Health and Wellness Resources
Tips and advice on how to stay healthy, prevent injury, and be prepared for unexpected emergencies while studying abroad.
13. Immunizations: Many countries still have issues with diseases, such as polio, malaria, and typhoid, so you may need to get vaccinated or booster shots.
14. Health Insurance: Your health insurance plan may not cover you while studying abroad. This site has information on additional insurance you may need.
15. Yellow Book: Everything you need to know about health and first aid while traveling abroad, including how to treat jetlag, injury prevention, and infectious diseases.
16. First Aid: It is a good idea to bring your own basic first aid kit. This site gives tips on making your own kit and other medical advice.
17. Staying Healthy: The best medicine is always prevention, so make sure to take extra precautions by not getting sick in the first place.
Travel Blogs to Inspire You
These student travel blogs will inspire you before you go and provide good tips to make your study abroad a fun and rich experience.
18. Pin the Map Project: A travel blog written by a team of young freelance journalists. Professional travel tips, destination reviews, and informational videos.
19. The College Tourist: Inspirational student travel stories about the ups and downs of studying abroad. You can even submit your own travel stories to inspire others.
20. Flora the Explorer: A freelance travel writer who spends a lot of time volunteering while traveling abroad. Inspirational advice on how to give back more while living abroad.
21. CAPA World: A blog dedicated to students studying abroad with tips and stories from a rotating team of bloggers who report their everyday experiences.
22. Go Abroad Blog: A blog that has regularly updated posts on studying, volunteering, interning, and teaching abroad that are well-organized by country.
Advice on how to stay in touch with family and friends back home, how to make international phone calls, and what electronic devices to bring.
23. Keeping in Touch: Tips for keeping in touch with family and friends during your study abroad and how to share your experiences.
24. Go Overseas: You might want to start your own travel blog, so this article will help you create one that people will actually read.
25. Cell Phones: How to pick a cell phone plan for traveling abroad and what is the best choice so you can call home whenever you like.
26. International iPhone Tips: For those who cannot bear the idea of traveling without their iPhone, here are some useful tips on how to get the most out of it while traveling.
27. Electronic Devices: If you do decide to bring your own electronics, consider these tips on which smartphone, tablet, or laptop is best.
Once you have arrived, you will need to get around, so these tips will help you travel locally and to other countries.
28. Uber: A list of all the international cities that has Uber service for safe, local, convenient travel around town.
29. Not Uber: List of other Uber-like services that operate in different countries around the world.
30. Eurail: If you are under the age of 26, you can get discount passes for unlimited train travel throughout Europe.
31. Rome2Rio: Useful site for figuring out how to get from point A to point B anywhere in the world. Will recommend best flight, train, bus, ferry, or driving option.
32. Megabus: Traveling by bus in Europe is a little less romantic, but it is cheap. Megabus operates throughout the UK and Western Europe.
Digital Travel Guides
Digital readers have made it so much easier to carry dozens of travel guides with you at once, so here are some of the best ones for students studying abroad.
33. Lonely Planet: Arguably the best in the business when it comes to travel guides, their digital eBooks make it even easier to take one or a dozen with you.
34. Triposo: The ultimate city guide that has offline maps, guide to attractions, hotel booking, and more in one handy free app.
35. Cities Talking: This audio walking tour app will let you tour different cities any time you want with easy to follow maps, tour notes, and local hotspots.
36. Tripomatic: When studying abroad, you might only have time for quick getaways. This site lets you plan structured tour schedules to make the most of your limited time.
37. Let’s Go: Written specifically for students abroad by Harvard students who traveled on a shoestring budget, these witty, candid guides are perfect for young travelers.
Useful Travel Apps
Travel apps make it even easier to bring useful information with you wherever you study internationally.
38. TripLingo: One handy app that has emergency phrases, voice translation, international 911 assistance, and other travel emergency help.
39. Life Hacks: A list of must-have travel apps, from how to pack for your trip to how to find the best sushi in London.
40. TimeOut: The 50 best travel apps that you didn’t even know you needed, but will want to have.
41. DuoLingo: Before leaving for your adventure, it is a good idea to brush up on the local language. This app makes learning a language fun with quick results.
Articles on Why You Should Study Abroad
If you are not sure of the benefits of studying abroad, these articles will give you the answers you need.
42. Study Abroad Myths: Busting the ten myths of studying abroad, such as cost, destinations, and what the experience is really like.
43. Study Abroad Benefits: The ten benefits to studying abroad and why it is beneficial to your education, future career options, and life experiences.
44. Study Abroad Challenges: Discussing the benefits and the challenges of studying abroad, and how it may not be for all students.
How to Act While Studying Abroad
The best way to dispel stereotypes is not to act like them. While studying abroad, learn to accept new cultures and remember that you are a guest in their country.
45. International Etiquette: These free etiquette, customs, and protocol guides are essential for anyone studying abroad with useful country-specific dos and don’ts.
46. Cultural Etiquette: More useful cultural etiquette tips, including body language, how to dress, and safety tips for female travelers.
47. Ugly American: Tips from the top professional traveler on how not to act like an American and get the most from your international experiences.
48. Brutally Honest Travel Tips: Here are some brutally honest tips from the natives of 15 countries to keep you from embarrassing yourself while traveling abroad.
Before You Go
Everything you need before you leave for your study abroad adventure!
49. Study Abroad Checklist: This checklist will help you plan from 12 months before to the day you arrive in your host country.
50. Worldwide Handbook: An exhaustive list of everything you could possible need for students studying and traveling abroad.