Study Abroad: Know Before You Go!

Researching study abroad involves more than just going to the Study Abroad fair, looking up potential programs, and figuring out application deadlines--each student is responsible for developing a general awareness of:

  • SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad's Policies and Procedures
  • The International Host Institution's Policies and Procedures
  • Entry and Exit Requirements for your travel desination(s)
  • Country Specific Factors relating to:
    • Climate
    • Geography
    • Politics/Political Issues
    • Culture(s)
    • International Issues
    • Housing situation/living conditions

There are a variety of resources you can use in your research process; in addition to those listed below, please check the Accepted Student Resources page for links to consulate websites and SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad's Policies and Procedures manual.  Links to international host and exchange institutions can be found on the program pages.

  • State Department's Travel Website: run by U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs, this website lists everything from entry and exit requirements, to travel warnings, to packing lists.  This site will provide the most up-to-date and accurate information, especially those related to visa requirements; they also provide links to international consulate and embassy websites.  The best way to use this page is to search for country specific information (under International Travel > International Travel Information).
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Website: a good way to search for health issues in your intended study abroad destination.  The CDC also has a website specifically for students abroad, another good resource.  
  • Passport Health: Passport Health is another excellent resource for students going abroad.  They provide consultations on health and medical concerns pertaining to your destination, as well as basic security and cultural information.  They will also administer any immunizations you may need (you will be required to pay for these at the time of your consultation).  To schedule an appointment you will need to provide Passport Health with the countries you will be visiting, as well as the dates you will be there.
  • World News Sources: BBC World News is a great quick resource: you can search for your country of destination and results will include a country overview, maps, and facts, in addition to the latest news headlines, sports headlines, and even weather for that country.  Some students also like using the CIA World Factbook for quick reference purposes. 
  • Geneseo Faculty Members: Even if a program you are interested in isn't faculty-led, most programs have a faculty coordinator who acts as a liaison between Geneseo and the international host university.  You can email studyabroad@geneseo.edu if you'd like to be put in touch with the faculty coordinator.
  • Former Study Abroad Students: In some cases the Study Abroad office can provide interested students with contact information for students who have studied abroad within the past year.  In addition, many former study abroad students will attend the Geneseo Study Abroad sponsored events to talk with prospective and interested students.  
  • International and Exchange Students on Campus: SUNY Geneseo Study Abroad would be happy to arrange meetings for prospective students with the international and exchange students who are on campus for the semester.  Email froome@geneseo.edu if you are interested.

If you get stuck or need any help researching, or just want to bounce ideas off someone, please stop by the Study Abroad Office (Erwin 106) during open advisement hours, or email froome@geneseo.edu to set up a meeting.