The links below are a range of resources and tools students might find useful when considering integration of a study abroad experience into their undergraduate curriculum. This is not an exhaustive list but is offered as a starting point for preliminary information for making good decisions about the how, what, when, where, and why of a term abroad.

Arts & Letters Daily
Blogs
Centers for Disease Control
Currency Table
Council on Foreign Relations
Diversity Issues in Study Abroad (pdf)
Embassies and Consulates
Glimpse Quarterly
Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Reading Room
Library of Congress Asian Reading Room
Library of Congress European Reading Room
Library of Congress Hispanic Reading Room
Passport Information Center
Scout Report
State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets
Supporting Diversity in Study Abroad
Voting in US federal elections (absentee balloting) while abroad
Weather Underground
World Clock

 

Arts & Letters Daily
A Chronicle of Higher Education site offering a range of news links in addition to three hyperlinked columns: Articles of Note, New Books, and Essays and Opinion. Updated daily.

Blogs
Browse by country and read what student peers are saying about their experience abroad. See also http://www.blogabroad.com

Centers for Disease Control
This is a comprehensive resource listing all current outbreaks, diseases, and available vaccinations worldwide. It can be searched by region and also offers pointers on how to best maintain health while traveling and what practices to avoid or embrace while abroad.

Currency Table
This interactive site allows you to create cross-rate tables based in the currency of your choice, using current or historical rates for over 50 countries.

Council on Foreign Relations
An online non-partisan resource for those who want to learn more about the complex international issues challenging policy-makers and citizens alike.

Diversity Issues in Study Abroad (pdf)
“A collection by Brown University students about their experiences abroad. The quotes were gathered through a survey that directly addressed issues of diversity including ethnicity, heritage, sexual orientation, religion, minority/majority issues, physical appearance, and language.”

Embassies and Consulates
A US State Department listing – with hyperlinks to their websites - of US Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions around the world.

Glimpse Quarterly
“An international news, travel and culture magazine that features compelling narratives written by youth living abroad, on themes ranging from quarry divers in France to taxicabs in Kyrgyzstan to genocide in Central Africa. With depth, breadth and intimacy, we tackle the international issues that no one talks about and delve into the daily cultural realities that no one sees.” Complimentary copies are available at the UIC Study Abroad Office in UH 502.

Library of Congress African and Middle Eastern Reading Room
“A comprehensive US Library of Congress site for a wide variety of materials related to Africa and the Middle East, covering more than 70 countries, from South Africa to Morocco to the Central Asian republics of the former Soviet Union.”

Library of Congress Asian Reading Room
“From an 1869 presentation of 933 volumes to the United States by the Emperor of China, the collections of the Asian Division have grown to represent one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian language materials in the world. The reading room covers the area from the South Asian subcontinent and Southeast Asia to China, Japan, Korea, and Mongolia. With over 2.8 million books, periodicals and newspapers, a large number of manuscripts, and electronic media, the collections are the most comprehensive sources of Asian language materials outside of Asia.”

Library of Congress European Reading Room
“The collections from or pertaining to Europe began with the acquisition of Thomas Jefferson's personal library, which contained representative works of European culture in many subjects. These holdings are especially strong in history, literature, and the social sciences. The French, German, and Russian collections alone comprise an estimated 3,500,000 volumes.”

Library of Congress Hispanic Reading Room
“This collection serves as the primary access point for research relating to those parts of the world encompassing the geographical areas of the Caribbean, Latin America, and Iberia; the indigenous cultures of those areas; and peoples throughout the world historically influenced by Luso-Hispanic heritage, including Latinos in the U.S., and peoples of Portuguese or Spanish heritage in Africa, Asia, and Oceania.”

Passport Information Center
Covers first time application procedures, passport renewal, and lost or stolen passport information.

Scout Report
“Since 1994, the Internet Scout Project has focused on research and development projects that provide better tools and services for finding, filtering and delivering online information and metadata.”

State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets
Official US government resource for information about every country in the world including travel warnings, travel alerts, political disturbances, and country entry requirements.

Supporting Diversity in Study Abroad
At this site, students, advisors and parents will find information useful in promoting study abroad participation among underrepresented students, addressing some of the issues and challenges ethnicity may play in their study abroad experience. Among other resources, the site offers a “ten best reasons to study abroad” list for African-Americans, for Asian Americans, for Hispanic Americans, and for Native Americans.

Voting in US federal elections (absentee balloting) while abroad
“Students or educators who will be abroad during Federal elections need to fill out the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) to request an Absentee Ballot and/or register to vote. This will allow them to vote in any election for Federal office. Note that this process is different than the procedure to register for domestic absentee voting.”

Weather Underground
This site provides weather forecasts for any location in the world with a fast, easy to use interface available in over 70 languages.

World Clock
This site shows current local comparative time in cities and countries, covering all time zones.


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