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International Travel


Before You Go

Students Abroad

  • Students Abroad Landing Page

One of our highest priorities is protecting the lives and interests of our citizens traveling, studying, and living abroad. Exploring new destinations and experiencing other cultures is both rewarding and exciting, but it is also important to do so safely. Some students with special considerations – such as s women and LGBTI travelers – may face additional challenges in other countries.

Taking time to learn about a destination and having important conversations before traveling can help the trip go more smoothly.  Discuss with family and friends when and how you will check in, so they don’t worry.  And if things do go wrong, remember that our U.S. embassies and consulates around the world are there to help in emergencies, 24/7.  So be sure to carry the address and phone number with you when you travel.

Start planning your trip by reading our Traveler’s Checklist, which includes:

  • Specific information about your destination, including visa requirements
  • What documents you will need – like a passport and foreign visa
  • Where to sign up for our free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program
  • How to get overseas insurance coverage

Just know that sometimes – in spite of good planning – things can still go wrong when you are in another country.  Prepare for the unexpected by reading about how to plan for a crisis overseas before you go.

Learn about your destination

Learn about your destination