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Shepherdstown, WV 25443-5001
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Study Abroad & Travel Resources



Students Abroad  - U.S. State Department

- Handbook 

      Official Documents

-    U.S. Passport

-     Embassy World

-    Visa Requirements by Country

-    Visa Resource for Students 

 -   Federal Voting Assistance Program and Youth Vote Overseas  - How to vote abroad

-     CampusFrance - Begin here for French visas

-    Post 9/11 GI Bill and Study Abroad

Country, current events, money, and language information

-   CultureGrams - country specific information on manners, customs, and more                       GT 150.C858 v1-4

-   Statesman's Yearbook - current country summaries and statistics                              Reference JA 51 .S7

-   World Factbook

 -  Country Insights - From Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

-   Cultural Etiquette Around the World 

                     -  Kwintessential Country Profiles  - Cultures, customs, and etiquette

                     -   Study in Australia website

-   International Newspapers

                -  Currency Converter         

Travelex Cash Passport - The Cash Passport allows you to pre-load your travel budget
                     for use in ATMs, shops, and restaurants where Euros and Pounds are used.  
You can
                     load your Cash Passport with a choice of two currencies, € Euro and £ GBP. 
The Cash
                     Passport is not connected to your bank account. It is PIN and signature
protected and
                     has 24/7 Global Emergency Assistance. Students should carefully
check fees,
                     currency conversion rates and "fine print" before signing up for any card.

               -    Foreign Languages for Travelers             

        Health & Safety


                -  CMI/MEDEX  Basic plan runs $32/month for ages under 30

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) from the U.S. Department of State

-    U.S. State Department Travel Tips   

-    U.S. State Department Country Info. Sheets

-    Global Travel Warnings

-    Travel Health Tips for Students Studying Abroad

-   Transportation Safety Administration - Airline carry on restrictions. See TSA's existing health conditions & disabilities.  

Know Before You Go - Safety Video

-   Health and Safety Abroad - A comprehensive video series by Dr. Frank Gillingham, medical director for HTH Worldwide, designed to help study abroad students prepare for their experience. The series covers how to address, avoid or manage common health and safety issues.

                -    SelectWisely - Food and Travel Translation cards for allergies and medical issues
-    WVUH-East/Business Health ~ for immunizations, travel health questions, etc. 
          Please call for appointments and pricing information at 304-264-1247

-    Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) 

-    Road Safety Overseas

Culture Shock & Transition Adjustment

-    What's Up with Culture

-        Worldwide Etiquette

-      Worldwide Classroom

-      Duncan Mason's Culture Shock Page  

-      Diversity


-      LGBT

-      Mobility International

-      Making It Happen 

           Returning Home

-      U.S. Customs & Border Protection


-     Share your Study Abroad story with others

  The Picket  or  local city newspaper


  Transitions Abroad  

              Student Traveler  


         -   Shepherd University Faculty-led Study Abroad Opportunities -
                                  See How to Choose a Study Abroad Program: Program Types                                       
         -     AIFS: American Institute for Foreign Study

                     -     API: Academic Programs International                  
CIS: Center for International Studies

-     Global Learning Semesters

                     -     GlobaLinks Learning Abroad

ISA: International Studies Abroad
ISEP: International Student Exchange Program
                              Shepherd works with 
WVU for ISEP Programs.
                                   Fall programs - January 15
                                   Spring programs - September 1

                                   You MUST consult with the Shepherd Study Abroad Office several weeks
                                   prior to applying for an ISEP placement.

KEI: Knowledge Exchange Institute

                    -     Amizade Global Service Learning

                    -    WVU Office of International Programs ~ WVU Exchange Mountaineer Abroad open to
                                           Shepherd students


Study in Europe - European Commission


Shepherd University Study Abroad Office