A Well-Informed Student Is Our Best Traveler

Posted by Mary Hantsch
August 12, 2011
Image From Students Abroad Website

While much of the country bakes under the August sun and most families are enjoying a final vacation before school starts this fall, over 225,000 young Americans are preparing to depart for Study Abroad programs around the world. The U.S. Department of State's highest priority is the protection of U.S. citizens abroad. The safety and welfare of U.S. students studying and traveling overseas is a special concern to us, and it's the reason for our efforts to inform and assist student travelers.

How do we do this? Before students depart for exciting new locations, we encourage them and their college or university study abroad programs to check out a fantastic resource -- our award-winning Students Abroad website. The site offers students and schools a friendly, easy to navigate travel toolkit. It's a one-stop reference for international travel. We also share important safety and security information with students overseas via Twitter, and Smart Traveler app for iPhone users.

If a student loses his or her passport, is arrested, falls ill, or becomes a victim of crime, the student, his or her family, and advisers can use these online resources to obtain information on how to reach the Department of State and our embassies and consulates all over the globe for help. We strongly encourage students to enroll in our online Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which enables our embassies or consulates to send them current safety and security information, and contact them more easily in the event of an emergency.

So visit our Students Abroad website as soon as you can and get all our information and our travel toolkit. Then join us in conversations on Facebook and Twitter. Remember, a well-informed traveler is a safe traveler!



Paul D.
New York, USA
August 12, 2011

Paul D. in New York writes:

Nice work! I was just in Vietnam with NYU and had a great trip and swim in lovely Halong Bay. Beautiful place, but in environmental jeopardy due to tour boat operators dumping their sewage into the world heritage site. I hope you can do something to intervene and help preserve its beauty for future generations.

If you have any further info on the Mekong River and transboundary water management and initiatives, I'm writing my thesis on this for NYU's masters degree in Global Affairs.

August 12, 2011

Raed writes:

It is beneficial for students to have such a program. In my humble opinion Travel Gov. Should classify any country depend on safety. So any student know which country is safer than other.

Abiola s.
August 12, 2011

Abiola S. in Nigeria writes:

Nice 1 .

August 19, 2011

DipNote Blogger Mary Hantsch writes:

@ Raed, thank you for your suggestion. Our Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings all contain safety and security information that help travelers make informed decisions about travel to specific countries based on their personal circumstances. They alert you to special requirements for visas or travel, endemic illnesses, and other factors that could jeopardize your physical safety. In addition to useful information available 24/7 through our website, travel safety information is available to the public through our call center and on our new iPhone Smart Traveler App. The Department of State also tweets updates to Travel Alerts and Warnings, and posts information on Facebook and Foursquare.

Student T.
October 31, 2011

S.T. writes:

Thanks for sharing such a useful information.


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