Travel Preparation & Safety Tips



Are you prepared?

As educators in international studies, we work hard to ensure that our students are prepared to handle a variety of emergency situations. Our office receives regular travel safety information from a variety of national and international organizations. In the event of an emergency, the College's risk management team would assemble to discuss the situation and determine what steps would need to be taken.

To help students better prepare for their study away experience, the Office of Study Away requires that students carefully read the CC Study Away Guide and Handbook, which is an A-Z guide of all issues relating to study away at CC, including:

- Basic Passport and Visa Information
- The Study Away Application and Acceptance Processes
- Information about courses, credits, and required paperwork
- Health and safety protocols and CC contact information
- Helpful pre-departure checklists
- Frequently asked questions

Students must also attend the CC Mandatory Pre-Departure Meeting (held each semester), as well as their study abroad program's own on-site orientation meeting(s).

To further prepare students, staff, faculty and parents for a comfortable and safe international travel experience, we recommend utilizing the following web sites:

U.S. State Department Links
The following links provide both general and country-specific advice that can be extremely helpful in preventing and facilitating assistance to travelers in an emergency situations. We recommend reading these sites prior to departure.

Apply or Renew a US Passport

State Department Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Consular Information Sheets

Locate an Embassy or Consulate abroad

STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)

Safety Information from our Program Providers

IFSA Butler Programs: Health and Safety Abroad

School for Field Studies (SFS): Health and Safety

SIT Study Abroad: Health, Safety, and Security

CIEE: Women Abroad

Recommended Resources for Cultural Preparation and Travel Tips

BBC: Country Profiles
This site provides in-depth, country-specific background information (historical, political, economic).

World Health Organization - International Travel & Health
Another excellent online resource to learn more about country specific vaccinations, outbreaks, and other health issues.

ILGA: International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association
An Informational site for students interested in international LGBTQ rights 

LetsGo, LonelyPlanet, RoughGuides
These guidebook sites contain practical information and overviews of cities and major attractions 

Crossing Culture
"A community built guide to cross-cultural etiquette & understanding." Offers tips on typical greetings, dress, personal space, cultural taboos and much more.  

STA Travel
STA Travel is an international student travel agency that offers a unique range of flights, accommodations, tours, and expeditions, as well as informative travel resources.

EURAIL ­The Official Website for Eurail

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Contact information:

Office of Study Away
270 Mohegan Avenue
Fanning Hall 113
New London, CT 06320-4196


Tel: (860) 439-5390
Fax: (860) 439-5419

 

Shirley Parson, Director
sapar@conncoll.edu 

 

Erin Todisco, Coordinator
etodisco@conncoll.edu