At a Glance

If you're lucky enough to be able to arrange an international trip, know your national resources.

Students Abroad

This selection is a bit of a departure from the other content in this section, but it's a government resource which is well worth notice.

Going abroad is a life changing experience—one that permanently alters a participant's viewpoint on the world. It's unlikely that a school will allow a field trip abroad, but it is possible to arrange a summer tour for students through a travel group. Seeing the places read about in textbooks gives history a reality or immediacy otherwise difficult to conjure.

If you're willing to take on the responsibility, and you're in the lucky position to be able to do so, there's still a great deal of planning necessary for group travel. Students Abroad pulls together many of the most relevant resources.

Travel Documents covers pertinent information on passports, visas, and registering your trip. The latter allows U.S. embassies to contact you in case of local emergency or family emergency back home.

Under health, you'll find alerts and country specific information, insurance information, and more.

Other highlights include emergency information; tips for GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual) travelers, women, and travelers with disabilities; information on what to leave at home; preparation checklists; and links to the latest international alerts.