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Resources for International Travel

canal view near U of Leiden

photo by Leina'ala Voss '18

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 Studyabroad.com.

Program provider IFSA Butler has a budget calculator.

Diversity & Inclusion Resources

Mental Health and Self-Care - Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales from GoAbroad.com

Global Disability Rights - Mobility International 


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


Diversity & Inclusion Resources - Diversity Abroad provides diversity guides and Allabroad.US 

Passports

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

Visas

Check out the travisa site to find out if you need a visa. For off-campus study contact your program. Course-embedded travel and the Global Learning Program frequently use Travisa for college programming. IGE staff are unable to advise on visas due to their complexity and changing nature.

Culture & Etiquette Guides

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

Travel and Translation Apps


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) - Waygo
 
Conduct text message conversation on SMS Translator (free on Android)
 
Currency Converter - XE Currency
 
Budget Tracking - Moneywise
 
Wi-Fi Finder - JiWire Wi-Fi Finder
 
Travel Guides - Triposo
 
Travel in Europe - GoEuro (free) fast and cheap travel routes

Other useful information

Protect your cellphone while you travel article
Student international airfare sites: STA Travel and Student Universe.
Skyscanner article on student airfares
Trip Savvy article on student airfares