As you prepare for your time studying away from the Trinity College campus, there are many things to consider and plan for, including submitting a strong and compelling program application, financing your time away, health and safety, passports and visas, optimizing student discounts along the way, getting good deals on travel arrangements, and learning about your new temporary home, to name just a few.

The links below are for you to use as a guide when you are considering and planning for all of these factors.  None of these sites, companies or agencies are endorsed by the college but we provide them as a reference. ​

Application and Scholarship Preparation

Many study away programs and scholarships are highly competitive and submitting a strong application with a well written essay can determine if you get accepted or not.

The OSA strongly recommends that students seek out support and assistance from the Trinity College Writing Center​ when completing program and scholarship applications.​

Government Resources

U.S. State Department: background notes on the countries and regions of the world

U.S. Embassies and Consulates Worldwide: embassies and consulates across the world embassies and consulates within the U.S.

Students Abroad: U.S. government site for U.S. students traveling abroad

STEP( Smart Traveler Enrollment Program): a free service for U.S. citizens and nationals to register their trips with U.S. Embassies or Consulates​

Health + Safety

Centers for Disease Control: information on specific vaccinations, outbreaks, and other health issues

World Health Organization: worldwide health information

911Abroad: U.S. Department of State list of emergency contacts for each country health and safety information for travelers​

Passport Photos & International Student ID Cards

Passport Photos may now be taken in the OSA, 66 Vernon Street.  Our office takes passport photos Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm. For more information, contact us at

Communications Abroad

There are many options for communicating with friends and family from afar. You will learn about the best options for the country/region that you are traveling to during orientation for your program.​

For students seeking access to Library resources while abroad, please read the Accessing Library Online Resources While Abroad​ page.​​

Money Matters

Finding ATMs Abroad: Research your bank. Some U.S. banks have relationships with banks in every country so that ATM fees are waived, or much lower than using an unaffiliated ATM. You should learn more about specifics on how to get access to cash in the country you are going to during your program's orientation.

XE:  Currency Exchange.  You can also print out currency conversion cheat sheets to reference

Go Currency: currency converter and other information on currency and exchange​

International Education Financial Aid (IEFA)*: financial aid information for U.S. and international students

 *Also visit our page on Scholarships and Financial Aid for more ways to help finance your time away. ​

Readings and publications for international travel

Transitions Abroad: online edition of the work/study/travel overseas magazine

The Glimpse Foundation: writing on intercultural issues​

Region/Country Information

Atlapedia Online: full-color physical and political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world

BBC Country Profiles: source for basic information on countries

Crossing Culture Guide: community built resource to cross-cultural etiquette and understanding

Let’s Go: purchase travel guides and read blogs of experiences abroad

Lonely Planet: purchase travel guides and books about living abroad​

Virtual Tourist: maps, currency converter, time converter, driving directions, weather forecasts

World Time Zones​

Diversity + Identity Resources

Abroad with Disabilities

All Abroad.US information on working or volunteering abroad​​

Diversity Abroad​ information on volunteering while abroad

IFSA Unpacked: A Study Abroad Guide

Information for Women Travelers: U.S. government site with information for women traveling abroad

International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association: international organization with branches on most continents​

Mobility International USA: information and resources for travelers with disabilities

NAFSA Association of International Educators: resources for diversity/underrepresentation education abroad​

NAFSA Rainbow SIG: Rainbow Special Interest Group, resources for many aspects of LGBT life including travel and study abroad information

Plato Project: resources for underrepresented students