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Pre-departure Resources

Helpful Links

Creating a budget

Cost of living comparison calculator Expatistan.
Costs for top 10 study abroad locations compiled in 2015.
Tips for student budgets abroad from Go Overseas and

Program provider IFSA Butler has a budget calculator.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Mental Health and Self-Care
Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales from

Global Disability Rights
Mobility International 

U.S. State Department Advice
Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales - LGBTQ Traveler's Perspectives by

Diversity & Inclusion Resources
Diversity Abroad provides diversity guides


If you are a U.S. citizen and need to obtain a first time passport, please email Susie Duke at for assistance. Additional information is available under Frequently Asked Questions.


Check out the travisa site to find out if you need a visa or contact your program.

Culture & Etiquette Guides

Travel Etiquette website
Center for Intercultural Learning from Global Affairs Canada provides Country Insights

Travel and Translation AppsBest Overall and free

Google Translate (Android & iOS)
Spoken Language
iTranslate Voice 2 or Speak & Translate
No data required
Jibbigo Translator (offline language packs from $4.99)
Signs & Menus
S Translator for free on Samsung’s Galazy 4 or Word Lens $4.99 per language
Best for Asia (Chinese, Japanese & Korean)
Conduct text message conversation on SMS Translator (free on Android)
Currency Converter
XE Currency
Budget Tracking
Wi-Fi Finder
JiWire Wi-Fi Finder
Travel Guides
Travel in Europe
GoEuro (free) fast and cheap travel routes