Travel & Other Resources
Travel & Safety Abroad
U.S. Passport Services: Whether you are a first time passport holder or needing a renewal, the Department of State outlines the documents needed and steps involved in the passport process.
Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP): All CSUSM travelers must register their travels with the U.S. Department of State through the STEP Program, offering helpful country alerts/updates plus registration with the local embassy. Watch our helpful video tutorial here: STEP Tutorial
The CIA World Factbook: Discover interesting country facts and background before you travel!
The Department of State's Country Information platform: Discover local laws, customs, entry/exit requirements and health/safety conditions for destinations worldwide, including resources for the following specialized travelers, among others:
Hofstede Insights' Country Comparison Tool: Discover how your destination compares to the U.S. on the following dimensions: power distance, individuality, masculinity, uncertainty avoidance, long term orientation and indulgence.
Health & Wellness Abroad
People of Color Abroad
Black Students Abroad
Black + Abroad: Mo' Money, Mo' Travels: Students share budgeting strategies and scholarships used in support of their study abroad experiences
Black + Abroad: Students Talk Back: What I Wish I Would've Known About Study Abroad: Study abroad returnees share what they wished they knew about study abroad during the planning process and during their travels
Black + Abroad: How My Blackness Informs My Travels: Student returnees share how they chose their study abroad destinations based upon identity, interest, and travel pursuits
Amplifying the Voices of Black Disabled People Abroad: Mobility International hosts this important webinar on access and inclusion for dually marginalized identities
Articles for further reading:
What it is Like to Be a "Minority" Abroad: Valuable insights into overt and covert privilege within host culture
Dealing with Stereotypes While Abroad: Discover strategies to cope with American or identity stereotypes to confidently be your real self abroad