Useful Links

Please note: Many of these links will feature study abroad programs that are not affiliated with Arcadia University. If you choose a non-affiliated program it must be approved by your academic advisor, study abroad advisor, and the Registrar’s office. Arcadia University financial aid does not apply to non-affiliated programs.

Travel Documents

Passports

The U.S. Department of State keeps a web site on how to apply for US passports and keep them current.  Please note: many foreign countries require you to have a passport which is valid for six months AFTER you plan on leaving, and has several blank pages open. You should be sure to check your passport for these two items way in advance of our departure date in case you need to request a renewal passport.

Visas

Visa costs and procedures vary by country. Information about how to obtain a visa can be found on the country’s embassy website. Your CGS Program Manager will assist you with the procurement of your visa.

General

Abroad View Magazine: Available free online, the magazine promotes cross cultural understanding and learning through articles that promote global awareness and challenge students to expand their horizons. Here you can read about other students study abroad experiences and how they parlayed those experiences into research projects, internships and jobs.

U.S. Department of State: Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs: Provides comprehensive information on study abroad programs, exchanges and scholarships for United States Citizens. Includes information on travel documents and personal safety.

Institute of International Education: A very comprehensive site which lists thousands of study abroad programs, searchable by region and field of study.

Go Abroad: A comprehensive website of study abroad, volunteer abroad, and work abroad opportunities.

NAFSA: The National Association of International Educators is the largest professional organization for international educators in the United States. Students should take a look at their Financial Aid for study abroad webpage, which provides many useful recourses for grants, scholarships and budgeting for your time away.

Glimpse Abroad: Glimpse Abroad represents an online community of young adults devoted to cross-cultural learning and exchange. It features first person, cultural-experience pieces written by study abroad students, volunteers, international students and others living abroad.

Health and Safety

Lonely Planet Travel Guides has a forum dedicated to safety and travel tips, which are geared mostly to travelers who are going off the beaten path.

The United States Department of State keeps an up to date list on travel warnings and alerts for United States citizens.

The Center for Disease Control annually publishes the Yellow book on Health and Safety while traveling abroad.

LGBT

Rainbow Special Interest Group of NAFSA: The website of the Rainbow Special Interest Group of the National Association of International Educators (NAFSA) provides useful resources to international and study abroad students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered.

Disabilities

Mobility International USA: This website offers comprehensive guidance on studying abroad for persons with disabilities.

Regional Resources

National Consortium for Study in Africa: A comprehensive website listing most of the African study programs available for United States students.

National Geographic Travel Planner: Provides in-depth information on tourist travel in Africa.

African Studies Center: The African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania provides comprehensive information on African countries, culture, and politics.

Freeman Asia: The Freeman Awards for Study Abroad in Asia are scholarships for undergraduate students with demonstrated financial need who are planning to study aboard in East or Southeast Asia. Recipients are expected to share their experiences with other students, upon their return from their programs.  The website also has links to programs in Asia by country.

International Research & Exchanges Board: Provides grants for student research and short-term travel, particularly in Eastern Europe.

Civil Society International: The website contains an extensive listserv of employment and internship opportunities with NGOs working in the former Russian states.

CDS International: Provides information on study abroad programs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in Germany.

Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education: Provides information on studying abroad in the Netherlands.

American-Scandinavia Foundation: Website has a listing of study abroad opportunities throughout all of Scandinavia, as well as grants and fellowship programs.

Latin American Network Information Center: An exhaustive list of resources on Latin America from the University of Texas.

Arabic Language Study Programs: A list compiled by the University of Michigan of Arabic Language study programs worldwide.

Guide Books

Lonely Planet: Provides some of the best travel guides for students who are traveling on shoestring budgets, or whom want to travel off the beaten path while sightseeing. Every suggested cultural site, tour, hotel, or restaurant, has been personally experienced by the Lonely Planet staff and given an honest review. Lonely Planet also produces helpful guides on health while traveling abroad, particularly in Africa and Latin America.

Fodors: A great resource for parents, Fodors lists the best of the best a country has to offer, with a convenient rating by price and quality. While many students will find that some of the picks may be a bit out of their price range, visiting parents will find the guide useful, especially when it comes to choosing hotels and restaurants.

Rough Guides: Rough Guides include recommendations from shoestring to luxury and cover more than 200 destinations around the globe, including almost every country in the Americas and Europe, more than half of Africa and most of Asia and Australia.

Let's Go: Let's Go publishes budget travel guides written entirely by studetns and updated every year.

Volunteer Abroad

International Volunteer Programs Association: Here students can read about other student’s experiences, get answers to practical questions, and find out how to raise money for items not often covered by volunteer programs, such as airfare and room and board. The website also has extensive resources for finding volunteer abroad programs, some of which have an academic components and may be credit bearing.

Transitions Abroad: One of the best websites for finding work and volunteer abroad opportunities, and advice on how to acclimate to host cultures. The website even contains recourses written by expatriates living in every country on the globe, including everything from how the banking system in your host country works, to cultural considerations and reasons to go abroad.

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