There are many resources available to you before, during and after your study abroad experience. We hope this list will help get started. Most websites are not directly affiliated with SHSU, but SHSU students have found them helpful in the past..
- Register in the SMART Traveler program through the U.S. State Department before departure, and check for any travel warnings to your destination country.
- *SHSU will not approve any student travel to locations currently under US Dept. of State Travel Advisory level 3-4 or locations that come under these advisory levels at any point in the study abroad process, including after the student has departed the US. Financial contingency plans should be made to compensate for any penalties incurred due to late program cancellation. Check the status of your proposed location below. No exceptions will be considered.
- STAtravel's Book Now, Pay Later program offers students an opportunity to reserve their seat for only $300, and pay the rest later interest free.
- Internet Travel Search Engines
- GoAbroad.com - Online search engine for international travel programs, from program information and reviews to expert travel articles and scholarships.
- GoOverseas.com - Listing and reviews website for programs abroad. Scholarships are also available.
- DiversityAbroad.com - Connects diverse students, recent graduates and young professionals with international study, intern, teach, volunteer, degree and job opportunities. Provides scholarships, advice & resources, articles, forums, etc.
- USA Study Abroad - Study abroad resources from U.S. Department of State - programs, financial resources, health & safety, student stories, etc.
- StudyAbroad.com - Information on international educational opportunities. Directory of study abroad, internships, service learning and volunteer abroad, intensive language programs and more.
- IIE Passport Study Abroad - Study abroad directory.
Passport and Visa Information
- Apply for a passport if you don't already have one.
- Regardless of studying abroad, this is a very worthwhile document to have. It will save much stress if you already possess one well in advance of departure!
- Visas - These are documents typically issued in your passport by a foreign government prior to departure from the US that authorize you to be in a given country over a specified period of time. Most countries have varied processes for obtaining a visa, but travelers are often required to appear in person at the nearest Consulate/Embassy of the destination country, and to submit various identification documents in order to apply. You cannot apply for a visa without first possessing a passport. Adequate planning on your part is required to comply with all immigration laws of the host country!
- Interested in gaining intercultural competency before your program (or improving it afterwards)? Consider joining the Global Ambassadors Program which pairs domestic and international students for various organized activities throughout the semester.
- The ISIC card is an internationally recognized student ID card that gives students thousands of travel, online, and lifestyle discounts worldwide. ISIC offers both virtual and plastic cards, allowing students around the world to instantly prove their official student status and access over 150,000 student discounts and offers worldwide.