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Studying Abroad - USA
|Studying abroad can be a fun and safe experience but it is important |
to realize that you are subject to the laws and customs of another
country. Here are some tips prepared by the Office of Overseas Services
to help keep you prepared and safe.
- Although most trips abroad are trouble free, being prepared will go a long way to avoiding the possibility of serious trouble.
- Become familiar with the basic laws and customs of the country you plan to visit before you travel.
Reckless behavior while in another country can do more than ruin your
vacation; it can land you in a foreign jail or worse! To have a safe
trip, avoid risky behavior and plan ahead.
Preparing for Your Trip Abroad
Apply early for your passport and, if necessary, any visas.
Passports are required to enter and/or depart most countries around the
world. Apply for a passport as soon as possible. Some countries also
require U.S. citizens to obtain visas before entering. Most countries
require visitors who are planning to study or work abroad to obtain
visas before entering. Check with the embassy of the foreign country
that you are planning to visit for up-to-date visa and other entry
requirements. (US passport and visa information is available on the
Internet at http://travel.state.gov).
Learn about the countries that you plan to visit.
Before departing, take the time to do some research about the people and
their culture, and any problems that the country is experiencing that
may affect your travel plans. The Department of State publishes
Background Notes on about 170 countries. These brief, factual pamphlets
contain information on each country's culture, history, geography,
economy, government, and current political situation. Background Notes
are available at www.state.gov.
Read the Consular Information Sheet.
Consular Information Sheets provide up-to-date travel information on any
country in the world that you plan to visit. They cover topics such as
entry regulations, the crime and security situation, drug penalties,
road conditions, and the location of the U.S. embassy, consulates, and
Check for Travel Warnings and Public Announcements.
Travel Warnings recommend U.S. citizens defer travel to a country
because of dangerous conditions. Public Announcements provide
fast-breaking information about relatively short-term conditions that
may pose risks to the security of travelers. Register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Register with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate through the State
Department's travel registration website. Registration will make your
presence and whereabouts known in case it is necessary to contact you in
an emergency. In accordance with the Privacy Act, information on your
welfare and whereabouts may not be released without your express
authorization. Remember to leave a detailed itinerary and the numbers or
copies of your passport or other citizenship documents with a friend or
relative in the United States. (U.S. embassy and consulate locations
can be found in the country's Consular Information Sheet.) If your
family needs to reach you because of an emergency, they can pass a
message to you through the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at
202-647-5225. This office will contact the embassy or consulate in the
country where you are traveling and pass a message from your family to
you. Remember consular officers cannot cash checks, lend money or serve
as your attorney. They can, however, if the need arises, assist you in
obtaining emergency funds from your family, help you find an attorney,
help you find medical assistance, and replace your lost or stolen
Find out what information your school offers.
Find out whether your school offers additional information for students
who are planning to study, travel, or work abroad. Many student advisors
can provide you with information about studying or working abroad. They
may also be able to provide you with information on any travel benefits
for students (e.g. how to save money on transportation and
accommodations, and other resources.)
Before committing yourself
or your finances, find out about the organization and what it offers.
The majority of private programs for vacation, study or work abroad are
reputable and financially sound. However, some charge exorbitant fees,
use deliberately false "educational" claims, and provide working
conditions far different from those advertised. Even programs of
legitimate organizations can be poorly administered.
For all your international education and study abroad needs, please visit http://www.InternationalStudent.com.