International Travel Toolkit: Graduate and Professional Students

                         Resources for Learning about your Destination

                                                  Click on each item for more information

General information

The following resources provide country-specific overviews.  Click on the link, then use the site menus to navigate to your destination country page:

Local resources

Use the following local resources before you travel and while you are there to stay informed:

Health and medicine

Look into health issues, including required or recommended vaccinations, travel health alerts, and tips for staying healthy while you travel. 

If you will be taking prescription or over-the-counter medication with you, research whether it is legal to bring the medication into your destination country.  For example, it is illegal to bring Sudafed and other common medications into Japan.  The U.S. Embassy website for your destination country may be a good source for this type of information.  Additional resources are provided in the NYT article “How to Make Sure You Travel with Medication Legally.”

Safety and security

Use these resources to help determine if it’s safe to travel to your destination:

Give careful thought about traveling to countries that International SOS has designated as an “extreme” risk or for which the U.S. State Department has assigned a level 4 “Do not travel.”  Contact the Dean’s Office of your school to determine if there are any restrictions on travel to these countries and ensure that you understand and prepare for the risks associated with your specific destination.
Local transportation

The Association for Safe International Road Travel (ASIRT) provides current details about local transportation options, road conditions, regulations, and tips for staying safe.

Practical information

Visit these websites for practical information:

Resources for LGBTQ travelers

It is important to be aware of the laws pertaining to same-sex relationships in your host country as well as the popular attitudes toward the LGBTQ community. Some students feel more acceptance abroad than they do in the United States, while others feel discrimination or harassment. Whatever the general attitude towards same-sex relationships in your host country, there will be those who dissent from the general attitude one way or the other. You should try to talk with other students who have traveled to the same destination you will be visiting. You may also want to consult the following websites:

Resources for women travelers

These websites contain country-specific guidance for women traveling abroad:

Resources for students traveling with a disability

The following resource contains travelers’ personal stories that can be filtered by country (in addition to more general resources for travelers with disabilities).  To access that content for a specific country, click on the link below, then scroll down until you find the “Filter by destination” menu on the left.