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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 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
Meaningful Travel Tips and Tales - LGBTQ Traveler's Perspectives by GoAbroad.com

Diversity & Inclusion Resources
Diversity Abroad provides diversity guides
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 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)
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