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Updated 4/02/15.

The following topical index is based upon one developed by the  Center for Global Education, an international resource center with additions by Southern Illinois University Carbondale. This information is provided for your convenience only and neither SIUC nor the Center for Global Education can guarantee the accuracy of the information listed. You may use the links below to jump to a section, but we suggest that you browse through the resources first.

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Absentee Voting

  • See "Voting Assistance"

Air Travel

  • Customs Information - Official government web site for U.S. Customs information, including links for air travelers.
  • Transportation Security Administration - Official government site providing security tips for air travelers.
  • STA Travel - A student travel agency offering discounted air and rail fares, as well as the International Student Identity Card (ISIC).
  • DiscountMyTravel - This site specializes in low cost airfare for Americans to cities all over the world.
  • Discount Airfares in Europe - This site focuses on budget flights within Europe.
  • Airline Toll Free Info - Telephone numbers of airlines around the world.
  • Airtimetable.com - Information on a variety of airline information including air passes.
  • Whichbudget.com -  Guide to low cost carriers. Make sure that you carefully check on baggage and other charges. These can be very high although the base fare is low.
  • www.flightstats.com - Track conditions and delays at a number of airports worldwide.

Airports

Alcohol and Drugs

  • A Discussion About Alcohol and Student Exchange - A Discussion with SAFETI Project Director and SAFETI Newsletter Editor Gary Rhodes and Joel Epstein, Director of Special Projects, Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 9, Task 8 "Alcohol Issues Abroad" to hear students' give advice about what to expect and how to stay safe if you plan on drinking while studying abroad.

Arrest

ATMs  

Birth Certificate Information 

  • See also "Passports"
  • Passport Issuing Office - Lists the government offices near you which issue passports and answer passport-related questions.
  • Passport Services and Information: How to Apply In Person - Detailed list on the documents and procedures necessary to establish time and location of birth in the case that no birth certificate exists.
  • Where to Write for Vital Statistics - Government web site that lists vital statistics offices by state, where the public can apply to receive information on births, deaths, marriages and divorces.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 2, Task 5, Action 1 "Read Information about Your Passport, Visa, and Travel Tickets."

CDC (see also Health) 

Communication

  • Country & City Dialing Codes - This site provides dialing access numbers (country codes) for international calls to or from any country in the world.
  • Global Phone Cards - Tips on how to keep in touch internationally with phone cards.
  • TimeAndDate.com - Provides all time zones and running, up-to-date clocks for all capital cities.
  • United States Post Office - Information on services provided by the U.S. Postal Service and tips on mail security.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 2, Task 7 "Communication While Abroad" to learn how to stay in touch with those back home.

Country Research

Consulates and Embassies

  • Goabroad.com Embassy Search - Database full of contact information for embassies worldwide, including U.S. embassies in all countries as well as foreign embassies in the U.S. This site also has information on a host of other topics ranging from calling cards to eco-adventures.
  • Embassy.org - This site lists foreign embassies in Washington DC. From there, you can usually go to the Consular or Visa section to get the contact information for consulates in Chicago and other cities.
  • US Embassies and Diplomatic Missions - Links to U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide.

Crime

Crisis 

Cross-Cultural Preparation

Culture

Culture Shock

Culture: Etiquette

  • Politeness and Etiquette around the world From eDiplomat, provides information about etiquette around the world and is useful not only for businesspeople and diplomats but also for anyone traveling to different countries.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 4, Task 4 "Politeness and Etiquette" to learn how these practices differ in other countries.

Currency

  • OANDA Currency Converter - Tells what the current exchange rates are for nearly every nation’s currency. Whendoing conversions, we recommend that you use the "cash rate" option.

Customs 

  • U.S. Customs - Information all travelers should know before they enter or leave the U.S.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 2, Task 5 "Required Documents" to learn about what you need to enter another country.

Cybercafes

  • Cybercafe Search Engine - If you need access to the internet, this site can help you find out where the nearest cybercafe is to your study abroad location.

Disabilities 

Discrimination

  • Voicing Concern About Discrimination Abroad - SAFETI On-line Newsletter article by Christa Sanders, Co-Founder of Voices of Change, gives a country-specific example of discrimination encountered abroad.
  • AllAbroad.us Racism and Gender - Mentors answer questions about discrimination students may face abroad and how to cope with these issues.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 4, Task 5 "Discrimination Overseas" to learn about coping with stereotypes, discrimination, and the challenges of diversity overseas.

Disease (see also Health) 

Drugs

Embassies and Consulates 

  • see "Consulates and Embassies"

Emergency

  • See "Crisis"

Emergency Action Plan (E.A.P.)

Entry Requirements

  • See the U.S. State Department Country Information for visa, entry and exit information for all countries of the world.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 2, Task 5, Action 2 "Research Your Host Country's Documentation Requirements."

Environmental Health

  • CDC Environmental Health - This site gives advice on how to deal with environmental hazards ranging from hurricanes to air pollution.

Evaluation

  • See "Program Evaluation"

FAA 

  • See "Air Travel"

Financial Issues

  • Financial Issues - From the University of the Pacific’s Cross Cultural Training Student Guide, this site gives advice about budgeting, currency exchange, credit cards, and transferring money.
  • Study Abroad Parent Guide Financial Information Financial information geared towards parents, but useful for students as well.
  • AllAbroad.us – Budgeting: Mentors address how to create and follow a budget as well as giving tips for budgeting overseas.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 2, Task 6 "Money Management" about how to save and spend money while overseas.

Financial Aid

  • See "Scholarships"
  • The Financial Aid Page - links to scholarship searches and comprehensive listing of financial aid information.
  • The Student Guide - Department of Education publishes a guide each year on the eligibility requirements on various federal aid programs.
  • Fast Web-This service provides a free customized list of financial aid sources including private sector scholarships, fellowships, grants, and loans.
  • See the Getting Ready section for information on Financial aid and scholarships.
  • StudyAbroad.com Directory of various financial aid programs and websites for study abroad.
  • Diversity Abroad section on Financial Aid including a downloadable booklet.
  • Study Abroad Student Guide Information about financial aid programs for students studying abroad.
  • AllAbroad.us – Study Abroad Scholarships: Scholarships, grants, and fellowships for general study abroad, diverse students, and for non–traditional countries.
  • AllAbroad.us – How to Pay: Mentors answer questions about how to pay for a study abroad experience.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 1, Task 5 "Funding Your Study Abroad Program" for useful information about saving and how to research financial aid.
  • GoAbroad.com Scholarship Directory.

Finding a Program

  • Who Runs Your Program? - A resource of The Center for Global Education. Provides an explanation of program structures and ownership. This should be the first step in choosing a study abroad program.
  • Worldwide Colleges and Universities -A resource of The Center for Global Education. The site provides web links to colleges and universities around the world.
  • Programs Abroad - A resource of The Center for Global Education. The site provides an extensive listing with links to programs abroad, including internship, research, service learning and volunteer, study and work abroad programs.
  • Finding a Quality Program - A resource of The Center for Global Education. The site provides a tool to search for a study abroad program by country and by major.
  • Sarah's Wish -This site provides helpful safety tips on things to remember when looking for a study abroad program provider.
  • International Education of Students Homepage for the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) which provides guidelines for evaluating study abroad programs.
  • AllAbroad.us – Deciding on a Program: Mentors address the most important issues around deciding on a program.
  • GlobalScholar.us - Go to Course 1, Module 2, Task 1 " Find the Right Program" to find a quality program and see what options you have.

Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Travelers

  • Lesbigay (SIG) - NAFSA's Association of International Educators, Lesbigay Special Interest Group's site dedicated to lesbians, bisexuals, and gay students traveling abroad.
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 1, Task 4, Action 3 "How to Deal with Special Challenges Overseas" about issues regarding sexual orientation abroad.

Guidebooks

  • see "Travel Guidebooks"

Guidelines

Harassment 

  • see "Sexual Harassment and Assault"

Health

  • see also "Disease," "Mental Health,"  "STDs," "Immunizations," "Medical," "Prescriptions," "Stress," and "Vaccinations"
  • http://www.mdtravelhealth.com/ - A user-friendly source of country-specific health recommendations.
  • SIUC Student Health Center Travel Medicine - This is the regional travel medicine center for southern Illinois and it is available to both students and community members.
  • CDC Traveler’s Health - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Health Issues - From the University of the Pacific’s Cross Cultural Training Student Guide, this site contains advice about Insurance, Medical Care, Prescriptions, Immunizations, Diseases, Food and Water.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease control and Prevention Information SAFETI Online Newsletter article offering travel health resources for students studying abroad.
  • Lonely Planet: Immunization Advice - Health tips for the international traveler.
  • Parents, Pills, and Pandering Information for both parents and students about health abroad. (PDF file)
  • Travel Clinic - Information on travel related health matters.
  • IAMAT - The International Association for Medical Assistance to Travelers is a non-profit organization established to advise travelers about health risks, the geographical distribution of diseases worldwide, immunization requirements for all countries, and to make competent medical care available to travelers by western-trained doctors who speak English besides their mother tongue.
  • AllAbroad.us – Health: Mentors address any health concerns that students may have while overseas.
  • World Health Organization - Information on travel health issues
  • GlobalScholar.us: Go to Course 1, Module 9, Task 1 "Best Practices for Health and Safety" about staying healthy while abroad.

Help

Holidays

Homosexual Travelers

  • see "Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Travelers"

Insurance

All SIU students on academic programs abroad, including research or field study, are required to prchase CISI international insurance. If you are not an SIU student or staff member, then we cannot recommend any specific policies. These sites compares a number of options, but there are others available.

Intern Abroad (see also Work and Volunteer abroad)

  • See also "Work Abroad"
  • Intern Abroad - Country and career specific guide to finding internships overseas.

International Organizations

  • World Health Organization - International Travel and Health information, including vaccination Requirements and Health Advice.
  • United Nations - Official site of the United Nations.
  • UNESCO - Official site of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
  • The World Bank -Official site of the World Bank. Learn about its mission and activities.

International Travel Safety Sites

Internet

  • Cybercafe Search Engine - If you need access to the internet, this site can help you find out where the nearest cybercafe is to your study abroad location.

Immunizations

Language Learning and Information 

Legal Assistance

  • U.S. State Department - U.S. Department of State Office of the Legal Adviser - Furnishes advice on all legal issues, domestic and international.
  • U.S. State Department: Judicial Advice and Assistance Helps American abroad who are in need of judicial assistance or advice on procedure.

Mail 

Making Your Experience Count

  • IES – Institute for the International Education of Students - Site helps you search for internships abroad.
  • Stanford University Overseas Resource Center - Tips on how to make your study abroad experience count practically.
  • Working Abroad - Resource for finding career and volunteer positions abroad.
    • Department of State Fulbright Program - Since 1946, the Department of State Fulbright Program has funded U.S. students and faculty to study and/or conduct research in other countries, in order to foster mutual understanding between nations.
    • Intern Abroad - Country and career specific guide to finding internships overseas.
    • National Security Education Program - The National Security Education Program (NSEP) funds U.S. students to study and/or conduct research in other countries, to educate Americans in cross-cultural and global issues and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.
    • Peace Corps Homepage - Guide to Peace Corps opportunities.
    • Rotary International - Rotary International provides scholarships to students to study/research abroad and act as “ambassadors of goodwill.
    • Study Abroad Programs - Guide to study abroad programs worldwide.
    • Teach abroad - Guide to international teaching positions.
    • Volunteer Abroad - A country-specific guide to volunteering overseas.

Medical

  • National Mental Health Association: College Student and Depression Fact Sheets - This site provides a brief background on issues related to college student mental health issues.Screening for Mental Health, Inc. - Provides resources for nationwide mental health screening programs and to support cooperation, professionalism, and accountability in mental illness screenings.
  • US Department of Health and Human Services: Disaster Mental Health - This site provides information about US Government resources to support mental health for those who have been affected by a disaster.

Metro

  • see "Subway"

Minority Students

  • Underrepresentation in Study Abroad - From the Forum on Underrepresentation in Education Abroad, this site gives minority students' perspectives on their experiences abroad. see "Underrepresented Student"

Money and Banking

Newspapers around the world 

Nonverbal Communication

Orientation Resources 

  • www.studentsabroad.com - On-line study abroad handbook orientation with general planning information and-country specific links
  • What's Up With Culture - web site focuses on intercultural communication and is one of the most important resources for those studying abroad
  • http://globalscholar.us - The Global Scholar courses show you how to prepare, what to do while abroad and how to continue your international learning at home.

Participants in SIUC semester and year programs are required to complete What's Up with Culture and the first Global Scholar course.

Parents 

Passports

  • See also "Birth Certificate Information"
  • Passport Issuing Office - Lists the government offices near you which issue passports and answer passport-related questions.
  • U.S. State Department and Passport Services - Extensive information on passports, passport services, restrictions, fees, where to apply for a passport, etc.
  • www.arushpassport.com - Company which provides rush service for obtaining passports and visas as well as other services.

Prescriptions

  • StudyAbroad.com Handbook: Prescriptions - Summary recommendations for dealing with prescription medications abroad.

Program Evaluation

  • IES MAP - Homepage for the Institute for the International Education of Students (IES) which provides guidelines for evaluating study abroad programs.
  • Inter-Organizational Task Force Guidelines - A task force of study abroad administrators developed a set of guidelines, which include fourteen points of responsibilities for program administrators.
  • ISA Butler For Students Section - Example of types of support services offered by a study abroad provider to students abroad.
  • Sara's Wish - This site provides helpful safety tips on things to remember when looking for a study abroad program provider.

Programs

Re-entry 

  • See "Culture Shock"

Road Travel Safety

SAFETI Clearinghouse 

  • About SAFETI - Safety Abroad First Educational Travel Information and contact information.

Safety

  • Inter-Organizational Task Force Guidelines - A task force of study abroad administrators developed a set of guidelines, which include fourteen points of responsibilities for program administrators.
  • NAFSA's Section on U.S. Students Abroad (SECUSSA) - Promoting health and safety in study abroad, this group’s site offers some guidelines for responsible study abroad.
  • Overseas Citizens Services Tips for Students - Advice to students on how to prepare for a safe experience abroad, and descriptions of services the U.S. Department of State can provide.
  • Peace Corps’ Approach To Safety And Security - A SAFETI newsletter article providing information about safety from the perspective of the U.S. Peace Corps.
  • Personal Safety Overseas: Safety Tips for Overseas Travel, An Update - This article provides important safe travel safety tips.
  • SAFETI Online Newsletter: Personal Safety Overseas - Practical listing of measures to take to help ensure a safe travel experience, includes information on highjacking and kidnapping.
  • SAFETI Resources for Program Administrators: Limiting or Eliminating High-risk Activities - Links to resources covering the dangers and management of high risk activities.
  • Safety Concerns - From the University of the Pacific’s Cross Cultural Training Student Guide, this site gives advice about local and national laws, tips for securing valuables, security measures to reduce risk, crime, violence and terrorism and some common sense precautions.
  • Sara's Wish - This site provides helpful safety tips on things to remember when traveling abroad.
  • STA Travel Rail Safety Tips - This site provides students with tips regarding any train travel while in the U.S.
  • U.S. State Department Travel Registration - The State Department and SIUC recommend that you register your contact information with the nearest U.S. consulate when overseas for an extended stay. This can now be done on-line.

Scholarships

  • Department of State Fulbright Program - Since 1946, the Department of State Fulbright Program has funded U.S. students and faculty to study and/or conduct research in other countries, in order to foster mutual understanding between nations.
  • GoAbroad.com Scholarship Directory.
  • National Security Education Program - The National Security Education Program (NSEP) funds U.S. students to study and/or conduct research in other countries, to educate Americans in cross-cultural and global issues and strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and national security.
  • Rotary International - Rotary International provides scholarships to students to study/research abroad and act as “ambassadors of goodwill.
  • see "Financial Aid"

Sexual Harassment and Assault

STDs

  • STDs - Official government web site of the Center for Disease Control, contains links to information on AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Stress

  • see also "Mental Health"
  • American College Health Association: Mental Health Links - Provides links to useful resources for college student mental health issues.
  • Maintaining Mental and Emotional Health - SAFETI Adaptation of Peace Corps Resources about stress, adjustment, choices, and seeking help.

Students With Disabilities

  • Canadian Transportation Agency Accessible Transportation - How to make your special needs known and get them met, while taking necessary safety precautions.
  • CDC Information for Travelers with Disabilities - Ways for students with special needs to have as much access as possible while abroad.

Study Abroad Programs

  • Goabroad.com - Provides information about various study abroad programs.
  • IIEPassport - Provides information about various study abroad programs.
  • Peterson's - Provides information about various study abroad programs.
  • StudyAbroad.com - Provides information about various study abroad programs.

Subways

  • Subway Maps - A virtual tour of subway maps for major cities throughout the world.
  • AllAbroad.us – Transportation Abroad: Mentors advise on common types of transportation abroad.

Telephone numbers 

  • U.S. State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs: Important Telephone Numbers - List of important telephone numbers for overseas citizens: who to call in case of robbery, arrest, detention, abduction, crisis, or death abroad.

Terrorism

Time Zones

  • TimeAndDate.com - Provides all time zones and running, up-to-date clocks for all capital cities.
  • www.earthcalendar.net/index.php - This site list holidays all over the world.This is a valuable tool for planning travel as holidays can affect whether tourist sites, banks and other services are open.

Translations

  • Google Translate
  • Bing Translator - A helpful site for on-the-spot translations of words, phrases and paragraphs into a long list of world languages.
  • Travlang - A site dedicated to quick translations of words and phrases commonly used by travelers.

Travel

  • Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory - This site lists official government tourism offices, visitor bureaus and chambers of commerce worldwide.
  • GoAbroad.com - Embassy Search: Database full of contact information for embassies worldwide, including US Embassies in all countries, as well as foreign embassies in the US.
  • US Department of State -Everything you need regarding traveling abroad

Travel Documents

Travel Gear

  • Walkabout Travel Gear (tm) -- AAA Source of Travel Gear -- Online Catalog and Information Source. Travel gear catalog budget student adventure international overseas global supplies worldwide vacation accessories trekking backpacking touring tour holiday

Travel Guides 

  • Frommers Budget Travel Online - Publishes a variety of travel books and magazines.
  • GoAbroad.com Article Directory.
  • Kasbah.com - this site claims to be the world’s largest travel guide and shows the not-to-be-missed highlights of major cities around the world.
  • Let's Go - Site of the publisher of another one of the most popular student guidebooks on the market today, with links on where to buy.
  • Lonely Planet's Guidebooks - Site of the publisher of one of the most popular student guidebooks on the market today, with links on where to buy.
  • Rough Guides guidebooks - A travel site covering topics from world music to e-books.
  • Ricksteves.com - Home of the Europe through the Back Door guidebooks plus other books and special luggage.

Travel Providers

  • Cheaptickets.com - Online Airfare Provider.
  • DiscountAirfares.com - Online Airfare Provider.
  • Eurail - Provider of discounted rail passes, covering travel in 17 different countries.
  • Lowestfare.com - Online Airfare Provider.
  • Microsoft: Expedia - Online Airfare Provider.
  • Priceline.com - Online Airfare Provider, purchase by ticket bidding only.
  • Rail Europe - European rail and rail/auto pass vendor.
  • STA Travel - A student travel agency offering discounted air and rail fares.
  • Travelocity Home Page - Information and booking source
  • RickSteves.com - Provides an excellent overview of European rail passes and helps you to decide which is best for your plans. Offers a how-to DVD and guidebook with each rail pass purchase.

Travel Warnings

TSA

Underrepresented Students 

  • Resources to Support Underrepresented Students - The Center for Global Education's links to organizations, resources, and scholarships that support academic advancement for underrepresented groups.

Vaccinations 

  • CDC Vaccination Information - From the National Center for Infectious Diseases, critical information on what vaccinations are necessary or suggested before traveling to certain countries.

Volunteer Abroad

Voting Assistance 

  • Federal Voting Program - Provides links to state voting officials, state voting requirements and forms to register absentee and request ballots.
  • Youth Vote Overseas: Site geared toward U.S. citizen college students who will be overseas during elections.
  • Overseas Vote Foundation: Main page of site listed above for any U.S. citizen abroad.

Women Travelers 

Work Abroad

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