Auburn Abroad Travel Tips and Resources

Top Ten Travel Tips

  1. Get a health consultation at your preferred healthcare provider several months before travel, and get all recommended immunizations. Obtain appropriate letters from your physician for certain prescriptions that you need to take abroad.
  2. Research your program location(s), and familiarize yourself with what you will be encountering on a daily basis. Learn about the culture, climate, language, food and anything else that can increase your awareness. The best way to avoid a sticky situation is preparation.
  3. Register your travel with the U.S. Department of State in case of natural disaster or political instability.
  4. Keep copies of all important documents with family members or in a safe place. Avoid carrying valuable possessions with you. This may draw unwanted attention to you and increase opportunities for theft.
  5. Contact your bank before leaving the country to set up your credit and debit cards for international use.
  6. Be sure your passport will still be valid for at least six months after the end of your program.
  7. Complete all program application materials before the deadlines to avoid penalties or withdrawal.
  8. Be sure that you meet all requirements for the countries you will be visiting during your academic program abroad. This includes visas, research permits, work permits, etc. Apply for visas well in advance. It is possible that you may have to mail your passport or deliver it yourself to the nearest consulate.
  9. Carry or purchase a cell phone that you can use in-country in case of emergency. Program in important numbers including emergency contacts, the U.S. Embassy and health facilities.
  10. Maintain contact with all necessary parties including family, friends, program providers and Auburn University.
*These and many other topics about travel safety will be covered as part of pre-departure orientation.

Last Updated: May 14, 2012