backpacking-guyIf you are planning to spend any part of the summer outside the U.S. these procedures should facilitate your safety, health, and well-being. This four-step guide will help get you started:

1) Notify your Department
Consult with your academic department before planning your trip. It’s always a good idea to share with your adviser all the details about your trip, including itinerary, contacts abroad and emergency contacts.

2) If Traveling on University Business Register Your Trip

Register your trip and provide the University with information about your travel for risk management purposes.

3) Check Your Travel Documents and Update Your Immunizations

4) Make a Checklist
Make a list of documents and supplies necessary for your trip and write down all the actions you have to take prior to leaving the country. A travel checklist will help you in this process. Look at a few on the internet and use them to customize your own.

5) Get Advice from your Peers
Talk with other students — and professors — who have been abroad and get tips from them. What were their main challenges? What would they do differently?

Resources for students traveling abroad

Staying Healthy Abroad

University Health Services at the Tang Center provides essential health resources for students traveling abroad, including the International Travel Clinic. The clinic guides members of the campus community in protecting their health while traveling throughout the world.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention offers a “Traveler Information Center” with destination-specific information for travelers.

Other Travel Websites — Find an A-Z list of international travel resources on currency exchange rates, entry requirements, international driver’s licenses, travel warnings, and more. — Compare and buy additional private travel insurance. When you need emergency medical care, medical evacuation insurance, or trip interruption insurance, it is worth all the years you paid for it and didn’t use it.

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a service for US citizens traveling abroad to register their trips with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

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About Débora Silva

Débora Silva, a Brazilian journalist started her career at a television station in São Paulo, Brazil after graduating with a degree in Journalism. For four years, she worked as a reporter and producer for Extensao.Doc, a documentary news program about social and political issues. There she interviewed a wide range of people, including then president, Lula da Silva. In 2009, Débora moved to California to pursue a career as an international correspondent. She graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at UC Berkeley with emphasis in television in May 2014.