Before You Go
STEP Program – Free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate." – STEP Website
Travel.state.gov – Information on international travel. Links to determine if you need a travel visa, and other important information.
Visacentral.com – Determine if you need a business/tourist visa for your trip abroad.
Day to Day Preparations
- Stationery can be extremely expensive overseas; the formatting of paper sizes also typically differs. Many other countries use the A4 standard instead of the US Letter standard. Bring any pen, paper, and other supplies that you might want to use.
- Electrical adapters: many laptop and other portable electronic devices work on international electrical systems and require only physical adapters to connect to the plugs. Use of some devices may require a voltage converter. See World Electric Power Guide for an introduction to the concepts and the relevant table of systems. Power strips may not function on the international system because of voltage and frequency differences.
- If you intend to use a bicycle abroad, consider shipping your own bicycle or bringing your own helmet and locks to prevent spending the money unnecessarily overseas.
- Clothing availability and sizings may vary internationally. Plan to bring everything that you will need.
- Making international phone calls can be tricky. See CountryCodes.com for more information on this. Other computer based Voice Over IP (VOIP) solutions are also useful: Skype and Gmail (Hangouts) permit internet based phone calls and are two of many options.
- In many cases it is simplest to bring a sufficient supply of any medications you may need for the duration of your trip. Medications available overseas may differ from those found in the U.S.
- It may be useful to have a formal statement of medical insurance on insurance company letterhead for travels abroad. Keep all records of any out-of-pocket expenditures for possible reimbursement upon return to the United States. Check with your insurance provider to determine foreign coverage.
- Overseas and Under the Weather (March 2007, Conde Nast Traveler)- "How to find competent medical care when you're far from home?"
- Centers for Disease Control Traveler's Health - Information on destinations, outbreaks, travel vaccinations, and links to traveler's medical clinic information.
Student Travel Concerns
If you have any questions or concerns about Visa applications and other formalities about your study abroad experience, please contact the Fellowships Advising and Study Abroad Office.
Student Travel to the United Kingdom
- The British Consulate-General, Los Angeles is located at 11766 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1200, Los Angeles, California 90025-6538 and can be contacted at (310) 481-0031. Please visit the UKVisas website for information on the necessity of travel visas and other documentation for travellers to the United Kingdom. U.S. citizen students travelling to the United Kingdom from the U.S. for a period of six months or less do not need a visa at this time. Students visiting the U.K. for more than six months will require a visa. Please visit the website of the Consulate-General to verify all particular entry and visit requirements.
- The U.S. Embassy in London is located at 33 Nine Elms Lane, London, SW11 7US, and can be contacted at  (20) 7499-9000 for both regular inquiries and emergencies.
- The U.S. Consulate General in Edinburgh is located at 3 Regent Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5BW and can be contacted at  (0)131 556 8315; however, the American Citizen Services are provided primarily at the London Embassy.
Student Travel to Denmark
- The Royal Danish Consulate in Los Angeles is located at 5849 Uplander Way, Culver City, CA 90230, and can be contacted at (310) 645-0540. At the time of writing, visas for Denmark are being handled by the Danish Consulate General in New York and can be contacted by phone at (212) 223 4545. Denmark is part of the Schengen agreement; U.S. citizens do not need a visa for a total visit duration less than 90 days.
- The U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen is located at Dag Hammarskjölds Allé 24
- 2100 København Ø., near Østerport train station. Please see the Embassy's website for contact information; for emergencies call +45 3341 7100 during normal business hours and +45 3341 7400 after hours.