General Information

  • Handbook - useful information for those planning to travel or study abroad
  • Transitions Abroad - bimonthly guide to practical information on affordable alternatives to mass tourism: living, working, studying, or vacationing alongside the people of the host country
  • - comprehensive international education and alternative travel databases

    In addition to some of the largest directories of study, work, internship, volunteer and travel databases provides extensive information about insurance, accommodations, travel guides and Embassy directories.

Currency Information

Currency converters can be used to calculate conversion rates for currencies from more than one hundred countries.

Many countries have extensive networks of ATMs where you can withdraw cash from your home account in the local currency. Both Mastercard and Visa offer ATM locator services.

Health & Safety Tips

The health and safety of study abroad participants is of primary concern to faculty, staff, families and students alike.

Pre-departure orientation sessions are required for all students and travelers on semester and short-term programs abroad sponsored by Notre Dame of Maryland University. Practical health and safety information, emergency preparedness plans and identifying modes of communication are part of the pre-departure program.

Travel Warnings

The United States government publishes materials about safety and health issues in countries around the world. Review the United States Department of State travel warnings, announcements and information sheets for every country in the world.

An important function of the U.S. Department of State's website is secure online travel registration, through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, which will allow American citizens to record foreign trip and residence information that the Department of State can use to communicate with you and assist you in case of an emergency.


The Center for Disease Control publishes health information and details about recommended and required vaccinations for visitors to countries around the world.

Counseling & Care for Travelers

To locate a medical clinic that specializes in counseling and care for travelers, visit the Directory of Travel Medicine Providers. The directory includes U.S.-based providers as well as English-speaking health care professionals throughout the world.

Travel Agencies

  • AESU is one of the most popular ways for young people to discover Europe with their peers. AESU Travel Firm offers great deals on vacation or educational travel for students.
  • All you need to know about rail travel through Europe is available at Europe On Rail. Rail is one of the easiest ways to travel in Europe.

Government Sites for Travelers

Jennifer Erdman

Associate Dean/Assistant Professor