Pre-departure Resources

Money  Diversity Handbook & Guidelines Health and Safety Insurance Airfare  Passports Visas

Global Competency

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 you’re spending in USD.

Oanda Currency Conversion


updated handbook coming soon


Health and Safety

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 healthcare 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 inoculation clinic for travelers.

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.

U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory System

Additional Health Resources

CDC COVID Data Tracker worldwide 

2019 Global Health Security Index 

WorldOMeters- Coronavirus

CDC Global COVID-19 Vaccinations



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

Travel insurance compendium

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 cause trip cancellation, and more depending on your selection. Be aware of EXCLUSIONS and always read the fine print. There is a difference between general trip cancellation insurance and cancel for any reason trip insurance. 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.

Some study abroad accident and sickness health insurance plan options include:

Cultural Insurance Services International


United Healthcare Global

Please consult your home owner’s insurance policy to see if your personal property is covered under the plan while traveling abroad. Standalone policies for international personal property insurance are available.

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 on 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 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.


Get a Passport

Apply for your U.S. passport by starting an online 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 only when instructed to sign by the officer at the acceptance facility
  3. Proof of U.S. citizenship
  4. State identification/driver’s license
  5. Photocopy of item in #4
  6. Applicable fee
  7.  One passport photo – Passport photos are easily obtainable from many retail outlets. Due to stringent requirements, we strongly recommend obtaining photos from a trusted vendor instead of taking and printing your own.


A visa is permission to enter a specific country (typically a sticker in your passport or a document you print from a website), for a specific length of time, to do a specific thing and is based on your citizenship. To find out if you need a visa before traveling to another country please consult the foreign missions of other countries in the USA.