Pre-departure Resources

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Inter-Cultural Communication

What's Up with Culture
An on-line tutorial specifically designed for college students to learn about intercultural communication and culture shock before studying abroad

Culture Matters
Peace Corps on-line tool for preparing volunteers to live in a foriegn country

Global Scholar

Currency Converter

XE: Accurate Currency Conversion
XE allows for a quick resource to currency exchange rates. The site updates itself every few minutes with the new rates, which are constantly changing. Use this to make sure you know how much your spending in USD.

Oanda Currency Conversion


PDF icon PDP Handbook 17_18.pdf
Handbook for students studying abroad on exchanges, affiliates, and direct enrollment programs.

Study Abroad Student Handbook - How to Get There and Back
Comprehensive guide developed by the non-profit organization, The Center for Global Education.


International SOS Travelers' Tips
Cleveland State has a scholastic membership to this organization through the Inter-University Council of public universities in the State of Ohio which includes access to health and safety tips before, during, and after University-approved international travel.

Centers for Disease Control
CDC Travelers' Health offers information to assist travelers and their health-care providers in deciding the vaccines, medications, and other measures necessary to prevent illness and injury during international travel.

CSU Health and Wellness Services
Student Health and Wellness Center. Have your Medical Clearance form completed by our healthcare professionals.

Cuyahoga County Board of Health
Low-cost immunization and innoculation clinic for travelers.

MetroHealth Travel Clinic
The Travel Clinic of MetroHealth Medical Centers offers pre-travel medical consultations for individuals, families or groups who will be visiting countries throughout the world.

Cleveland Clinic International Traveler's Clinic
The specially trained physicians and staff at International Travel Health Clinics provide immunizations, vaccinations. medicine and travel tips personalized towards your unique itinerary.


Do you have enough insurance? Read this article to find out why it's important to answer this question.

Travel insurance compendium

Some international accident and sickness insurance plan options:
Cultural Insurance Services International



United Healthcare Global

Trip protection insurance mitigates your financial risk in the event that you must cancel or interrupt a trip. Trip cancellation and interruption benefits provide reimbursement of your pre-paid and non-refundable expenses if you are forced to cancel or interrupt your trip due to unforeseen covered issues. You must purchase trip protection independently. offers various price points and coverage options in the event of loss from unforeseen sickness or injury, family emergency, weather, natural disasters, US State Department or Centers for Disease Control travel warnings that causes trip cancellation, and more depending on your selection. Some plans are time sensitive. It’s up to you to choose the plan that best fulfills your individual needs. Click here for more information and a helpful FAQ.You must purchase this insurance before your departure date.. Visit this website for more or call 877-266-0741 for questions.


Student Airfares

When purchasing your ticket to go abroad, utilize online student travel sites that offer more flexible departure dates or open-ended tickets that are discounted for students. Try to purchase a ticket that will allow you one free (or one inexpensive <$75) return date change. Examples include Student Universe or Travel Cuts (Canadian). 

We do not recommend relying frequent flyer miles to secure your airline ticket unless there is great flexibility built into the airline's program.Likewise, relying on a well know flight search engine will likely result in airline tickets with no flexibility and unfavorable refund or change options. Start with "student" airfare research first. 


Diversity and Identity resources for students provided by Academic Programs International (API). student resources for study abroad

Top Ten Reasons for African-Americans to Education Abroad
There are countless reasons to study abroad as an African-American, here are just a couple.


Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)
All U.S. citizens should register their international trip with the U.S. State Department which will automatically provide them with updates and information on the country of travel as well as giving updates including Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts when applicable. U.S. Embassies and Consulates abroad will also be able to better assist travelers in cases of emergency if they are registered with the program.

Safety Abroad
This article written by a current law school student Kristyl Berckes includes resources for students and parents regarding safe and satisfying study abroad from a variety of governmental and non-governmental websites.

Get a Passport

Apply for your U.S. passport by starting an on-line application or seek local assistance through the Cuyahoga County Public Library System. Most applications will require the following:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Signature added in front of officer at processing agency
  3. Proof of U.S. citizenship
  4. Present identification
  5. Photocopy of item in #4
  6. Applicable fee
  7.  One passport photo

    The execution fee for new or first time passport applications is increasing by $10 from $25 to $35 effective April 2, 2018.

Passport Photos

Passport photos are easily obtainable from many retail outlets. Due to recent changes in U.S. passport photo requirements, we strong recommend obtaining photos from a trsuted vendor instead of printing your own.
FedEx Office Print and Ship Center