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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.

Travel and Translation Apps

Best 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

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



Check out the travisa site to find out if you need a visa.

Culture & Etiquette Guides

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