Resources - Prior to Departure: Getting Ready to Go
VISAS—Do you need one or not for your semester abroad? That is the question. For information on entry requirements for a specific country, please go to the Entry/Exit Requirements section in the Country Specific Information for the country you are interested in. We also encourage you to go to the consulate website for the country to which you're going as visa requirements are changing rapidly.
This link from GoAbroad has great information on finding the best phone, phone plan and how to make sure they'll work so you can stay connected while you're abroad! They provide tips for finding a phone plan, how to make sure your phone is unlocked and will work, and other ideas of how you can stay connected with home from afar.
LINKS FOR LIFE & TRAVEL ABROAD
For Americans Traveling Abroad, this U.S. State Department site provides helpful links on:
|Academic Credit||Air Travel|
|Foreign Language||Government Info & Services for Citizens Overseas|
|Health Matters/Medical||Money Matters|
|Packing||People & Culture|
|Planning Your Trip||Travel and Safety|
Ethical Traveler is a website with tips on how to "tread softly" as one travels around the globe, but also very practical information for traveling generally, with country specific profiles and tips for getting around.
Tips for Traveling Abroad has much more than just "tips." Go to this site for information on the important step of registering your study abroad with the State Department.
Questions to Consider Prior to Departure:
- What is your diagnosis? How does your diagnosis manifest itself (cycle)? Do you know your cycle of stressors and escalation?
- What are your stressors/triggers? Will these increase in the new environment?
- What new triggers may present themselves in the new environment?
-What is your current treatment plan? How do you manage your care?
- How will you access your medications?
- How will you access counseling support (sessions)?
- How will you access your emotional support system (parents, friends)?
- What will you remove from your environment, to prevent incident?
- Do you need to follow up with professional support prior to departure? When do you plan to do this?
Questions that Gordon College's Counseling Center encourages you to answer for yourself:
- Do I have the necessary supports I require to function well (or will I set them in place asap)?
- Do I know what steps are necessary if I become overwhelmed or interact with stressors/triggers? Do I have a “care” plan in place?
- Can I be healthy in this environment?
- Do I still think that this GEO program is a good fit for me, at this time in my life?
The Gordon Counseling Center is NOT available for Skype- or phone-based counseling sessions, while you’re abroad. Contact them while you are on campus: www.gordon.edu/counselingcenter
Resources - During Study Abroad: Useful Information While You're There
Study Abroad Student Emergency Protocol
· Assess the situation, removing yourself from the area if necessary
· Call local authorities and/or Contact a Medical Professional
· Utilize CISI’s emergency portal for translation services, medical referrals, evacuation, claim services, etc.
- CISI Contact: (203) 399-5130 - calling from outside the US, collect calls accepted, ClaimHelp@culturalinsurance.com
- CISI Team Assist 24/7 Provider: (240) 330-1520 - calling from outside the US, collect calls accepted, OPS@europassistance
· Call your program director to report on the situation and request support
· Call GEO (978) 867-4399, if the office is closed, select voicemail option 3 for the emergency line, follow prompts, speak clearly to explain your situation and what support is necessary
· After the situation is sorted, when you are able, email GEO with a report of the incident and contact your parents to let them know the situation has been resolved and you are alright
· When you arrive in the US meet with necessary health and mental health professionals for follow up (for some it will be necessary to do follow up in their host country and in the US)
Know Before You Go Websites:
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program http://www.state.gov/travel/
Students Abroad http://studentsabroad.state.gov
Personal Safety and Awareness Workbook http://globaled.us/peacecorps/personal-safety-and-awareness-workbook.asp
Center for Disease Control: Travelers’ Health http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel
More Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) Information: http://www.gordon.edu/travelinsurance
HEALTH, MONEY, SECURITY & MORE
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides specific information on health and other threats at: Emergency Preparedness and Response
Additional information on travel and health can be found at:
For news alerts and country-specific information, go to the Overseas Security Advisory Council site.
For information on travel warning, travel alerts, and country specific information maintained by the US State Department, go to International Travel Information.