Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program | Preparing to Go Abroad

Preparing to Go Abroad

In addition to your home institution's study abroad advisor, below are some resources to assist you with your preparations to go abroad. It is in your best interest to review all the regulations and requirements regarding your departure from the U.S. and your entry into your host country.

  • U.S. Department of State - The U.S. Department of State offers knowledgeable and practical advice to U.S. citizens who are traveling abroad, as well as information regarding dangerous regions or countries that either U.S. citizens are urged not to travel to or visit.
  • A Student Guide to Study Abroad - Writen by three leading study abroad experts, "A Student Guide to Study Abroad" offers the most comprehensive advice available. Learn helpful steps to prepare to go abroad, tips to maximize your experience abroad, and ways to utilize and articulate your skills gained abroad when you return. Gilman Scholarship recipients are quoted in the book and provide valuable tips based on their experiences abroad.

Students Abroad
International Travel  
Travel Warnings  
Tips for Students  
Online Registration with U.S. Embassies Abroad
Links to U.S. Embassies Abroad 
Applying for your U.S. Passport
Visa Requirements  
Safety Issues  
Health Issues  
Emergencies and Crises

Resources for Students with Disabilities

  • Mobility International USA  – Empowers people with disabilities around the world to achieve their human rights through international exchange and international development.
  • National Clearinghouse on Disability & Exchange – A comprehensive, one-stop resource for people with disabilities interested in study, work, intern, volunteer, research or teach abroad programs. 

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