Study Abroad Travel Resources

The following links are given for your information only. McDaniel College does not endorse any of the organizations listed below.

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Passport Services and Information (U.S. Department of State) — passport information and application available for downloading.

Passport Expedite Services:
American Passport Express — call 1-800-841-6778 or

Obtaining a Visa

International Student Identity Cards

General Travel Information

Travel Warnings, Consular Information Sheets, and Public Announcements — U.S. government-issued documents describing the current situation in every country of the world.

General Culture & Country-Specific Information —;

Country Background Notes

International Employment Gazette — a site that lists hundreds of overseas job opportunities.

Journeywoman — a website with information, articles, and links for women traveling abroad.

Transitions Abroad — a guide to work, study, and travel overseas.

Lesbigay Special Interest Group of NAFSA — information of concern to lesbian and gay students interested in international exchange and foreign travel, including first-hand student perspectives.

International phone company — - Mobal phone has reasonable prices, and there is no monthly fee.  It is great for students planning to travel to other countries while abroad because it works in 150 different countries without having to change the SIM card.

Weather Worldwide —

Google Maps — provides international as well as domestic street maps

National Geographic's Map Machine — zoomable worldwide maps including physical, political, and climate. Also contains satellite images and some street maps. — information about accommodations abroad, embassies, visas, work permits and customs, maps, money matters, jobs and teaching overseas, disability travel abroad, weather abroad

Youth Hostels

Information for Parents

Hoffa, William W., Study Abroad: A Parent's Guide, Washington DC: NAFSA: Association of International Educators, 1998.

Advice for Parents: Frequently Asked Questions — this article by William Hoffa is an excellent resource for the parents of students planning to study abroad.

Health and Safety Abroad

Student travelers should check the following web sites for information and updates from the U.S. State Department about current safety and security issues:

Low Cost Airfares

Smarter Travel

STA Travel

Student Universe

Traveling with a Computer — a site geared for world travelers who want to stay connected during their time abroad.

International News

BBC World News — international news split into six world regions.

The New York Times: International — international news split into five world regions. Also has maps and 5-day weather forecasts.

Currency Information

  • Oanda — Currency Converter
    Enter your destination country and Oanda provides a printable wallet-size conversion table with the most up-to-date exchange rate. Takes the hassle out of using your calculator every time you want to buy something during your trip.

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