Take a Look at our Summer 2020 Faculty- Led Programs!

See where Towson can take you this summer! If you’re not familiar with faculty-led programs, they take place over school breaks for a few weeks depending on the individual program, and are taught by Towson faculty. Take a course abroad and earn credits towards your major, minor, core or elective!

Summer 2020 Programs – Take a look at the programs and course options!

The deadline for all programs is March 15, 2020!

Australia – Managing in a Global Economy

  • MNGT 470 Special Topics in Management (3 credits)
  • MNGT 375 International Business (3 credits)
  • MKTG 445 Global Marketing (3 credits)
  • ECON 305 Survey of International Economics (3 credits)

Botswana – Natural Resources and Economic Development

  • ECON 380 Topics in Economics (3 credits)
  • ENVS 431 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Studies (3 credits)

Costa Rica – Environmental Education & Service Learning in the Tropics

  • BIOL 382 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics (3 credits)
  • BIOL 582 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics (grad only; 3 credits)
  • ENVS 382 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics (3 credits)
  • ENVS 582 Environmental Education and Service Learning in the Tropics (grad only; 3 credits)

Dominican Republic – Teaching in Puerto Plata

  • ECED 458 Field-Based Practicum Experiences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Settings (3 credits)
  • ECED 494/749 Travel and Study: Early Childhood Education (3 credits)

Germany – Arts as Sanctuary in Berlin Engagement and Integration for Refugees

  • IDFA 604 Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Contemporary Arts (3 credits)

(This course is open to graduate students only.)

Ireland – Educational and Mental Health Services in Schools

  • PSYC 470 Special Topics in Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC 570 Speical Topics in Psychology (grad only; 3 credits)

Greece – Foundations of Education in Ancient Greece

  • SCED 200 Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • SCED 305 Adolescent Learning, Development, and Diversity (3 credits)

Italy – The Pursuit of Happiness Human Resource Development

South Africa – Health Professions in South Africa

  • HLTH 402 and HLTH 494
  • HLTH 451 and HLTH 494
  • HLTH 502 and HLTH 594 (graduate students only)

Spain – Communication and Global Competence in Barcelona

  • MCOM 479 Special Topics in Mass Communication (3 credits)
  • COMM 470 Special Topics in Communication (3 credits)
  • MCOM 670 Special Topics in Mass Communication – graduate level (3 credits)

Spain – Spanish Language and Culture

  • Students on the 4 week (Madrid only) program will earn 3 SPAN credits and 2 unspecified lower division elective credits. Students on the 6 week (Madrid and Alicante) program who have successfully completed SPAN 202 prior to departure will earn 6 SPAN credits. Students on the 6 week program who have not successfully completed SPAN 202 prior to departure will receive 3 SPAN credits and 3 unspecified lower division elective credits.

United Kingdom – The History of Biology

  • BIOL 494 Travel Study (3 credits)

United Kingdom – The Culture of Shakespeare’s World

  • THEA 488 Theatre Visitation and Analysis Abroad (3 credits)
  • THEA 680 Special Topics in Theatre (grad only, 1-3 credits)

Vietnam & Cambodia – The Vietnam Wars in a Global Context

  • IDIS 494 Travel and Study in Interdisciplinary Studies (3 credits)
  • HIST 494 Travel and Study (3 credits)

 

Intern Abroad!

Do you want to study abroad, but don’t think you have time to squeeze it into your schedule? Does your major require an internship for graduation? Do you want your resume to stand out to future employers?

If you answered yes to the above questions, a summer internship with Global Experiences might be just what you’re looking for! And if you weren’t looking, it just might be the best thing you never knew you needed!

Towson University has partnered with Global Experiences to provide Towson students the opportunity to access internships abroad. GE has been working for the past seventeen years to coordinate students with professional internships in fields such as advertising, business, communications, law, advocacy, NGOs, politics, psychology, engineering, art, and many more!

Current TU Global Experience Internships include:

Not convinced yet? Well how about take it from a TU Global Internships alumni. Two of our peer advisors have participated in the Global Experience Internship program. Jillian Procope, a mass communications major participated in the Global Internship in London, United Kingdom. Kayla Brande, a communication studies major participated in the Global Internship program in Sydney, Australia.

If we’ve peaked your interest and you have questions, come see us at the Study Abroad Office in Psychology 408 or email us at studyabroad@towson.edu.

https://www.globalexperiences.com/ 

Why NOT Study Abroad?

Studying abroad could easily be one of the most beneficial components of your college experience. Learning abroad allows you to gain independence, experience new cultures, impress employers, expand networking opportunities, and seize your opportunity to see the world. Why then, do 90% of undergraduate students complete their degrees without studying abroad? There are several misconceptions when it comes to studying and/or interning abroad.

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1. “Studying abroad is too expensive.”
A common reason that students think that they cannot study abroad is cost. Studying abroad does not have to be expensive! There are many resources available to students such as scholarships, financial aid, and grants. Planning ahead of time is key to not having to spend more money than necessary. Towson offers a variety of programs that vary in price based on program type, length, and destination.
Did you know?
Towson study abroad exchange programs cost the same as your tuition and fees at Towson University.

Take a look at our exchange programs here: https://towson-horizons.symplicity.com/?s=programs

Towson offers a variety of scholarships and we recommend that you apply: https://towson-horizons.symplicity.com/?s=scholarship

2. “I don’t speak the language.”
Many students worry about their inability to speak another language. You do NOT have to speak the language to study abroad. In most countries, you will not have to worry about a language barrier in the classroom because your classes will be taught in English! However, language learning can be a component of your study abroad program. Plus, you can always try to learn a new language in your free time.

3. “Classes aren’t offered abroad in my major.”
It is very common for students to assume that they cannot study abroad based on the courses they take. However, there are programs for everyone in every major! Towson University offers more than 800 programs in over 60 countries. Never feel limited because of what you are studying.
Find a program today!
https://towson-horizons.symplicity.com/

Faculty Feature: Professor Lynn Tomlinson

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Lynn Tomlinson is an assistant film professor at Towson University with expertise in the areas of animation, visual effects, film and media history and theory, production, and post-production. In Summer 2018, Professor Tomlinson led the “TU Crafting Fantastic Worlds: Film, Effects, and Animation in the New Zealand Landscape” faculty-led program.

Peer Advisor (PA): Why did you decide to lead a study abroad program with Towson?

Professor Tomlinson: I enjoy traveling myself. When I was a student, I spent a semester in London. So I know how exciting it can be to be in a new culture and how much you can learn just by being exposed to different ideas in different places and how exciting it is…and how you can pack a lot into a short amount of time. I think one of the best things is that kind of focused attention you get from it. You know, the two weeks of constant learning, constant excitement, constant engagement. Everything you’re doing is learning so I think that helps.

PA: What would you say are the benefits of teaching a course in this kind of international context? What kind of different perspective are your students getting on this trip rather than you know, just being back in the classroom in Towson?

Professor Tomlinson: Our subject was visual effects in the landscape of New Zealand. It was really exciting because New Zealand is a country that is building its film industry, especially with visual effects. I would have probably go to Hollywood in order to see that kind concentrated level of production. But to be able to do it in somewhere as exciting as beautiful as New Zealand…and it was much more accessible because they were very welcoming and everybody was excited to meet us, and we had some real incredible surprises while we were there. So I think that unexpected learning that happens when you don’t really know what’s gonna happen. And everybody’s learning; I’m learning they’re learning, you know, we’re learning together. I really like that.

PA: What did you find was the most challenging part about being a faculty leader like in terms of program development or recruitment or you know just managing students abroad?

Professor Tomlinson: I would say the most difficult thing is how expensive it is, and feeling responsible that if the students are going to be spending that kind of money for this 2 week experience that I wanted to make it really valuable for them. I felt responsible for that. It’s kind of a heavy weight on you to realize that a lot of the students might have three or four jobs or they’re borrowing money to do this and you know making sure its worth it for them.

PA: Was there a specific moment during your trip that you think was particularly rewarding for you?

Professor Tomlinson: So the thing that stood out the most for me was this specific adventure that we had. So in New Zealand they have these glowworm caves, which are these insects that have this glowing mucus, and when you get into the cave it looks like a constellation and you really feel like you’re under the stars. So I knew about that and I wanted to do it, even though it doesn’t really relate to visual effects I thought, “you know, it is in the landscape of New Zealand and we’re viewing this natural illusion”. So it really did kind of relate and that ended up being a really exciting adventure for everybody.New Zealand EMF 1183 Group

PA: Did you have any experience in New Zealand before and was this your first time leading a faculty led trip?

Professor Tomlinson: It was my first time leading a faculty-led trip and it was my first time in New Zealand.
My husband lead a faculty-led trip to the south of France to the Cannes Film Festival and I went along when were first engaged. I would go and sort of help and go up to young filmmakers who are now all very famous, because then they were just making their first films. I would say “Will you come talk to our student group?” and get involved in that way.

PA: Can you give an example of intercultural learning that you observed your students experiencing while you were there?

Professor Tomlinson: So I would say that’s something I would want to change a little bit the next time we go. For example we didn’t get to meet any Maori people while we were there. We learned a lot about it, but I would say probably because our focus was more on the film industry, we didn’t experience as much of that as we would have liked. That’s something I’d like to push more for in the future. For example, having a Maori filmmaker speak to our students. So probably I think the best example would be we saw the film Hunt for the Wilderpeople by Taika Waititi, who is half Maori. We saw it in this theater and we didn’t think it was going to be a big deal, we thought “okay, we’ll go see this film before going on our tour”. After the man who owned the theater came and met us and started chatting with us, and it turns out he was the editor of Lord of the Rings and he let us hold his Oscar! So that was a big surprise!

PA: Would be able to to discuss a particularly unique aspect of your program from other programs offered through Towson?

Professor Tomlinson: We got to go to production houses, including some small production companies and were able to meet producers and media-makers on a one-on-one level. The students were able to learn a lot about entrepreneurship and how you can engage in the film industry. And because it’s such a growing industry a lot of my students actually expressed interest in possibility of working in New Zealand in the future.

PA: What did you learn about TU students from your interactions with them on the program?

Professor Tomlinson: I think it was great that I really got to know the students, you know we’d sit down and have meals and really get to talk to them. I’ve always known what a diverse group of students we have. I think they all formed really tight friendships. It was cool to see how all of the students had very different tastes in food, different tastes in what they wanted to do in terms of activities. Just to see some of those friendships forming over the two weeks was really interesting. I’m not sure if I learned anything new about Towson students in general, but I learned something about these particular students.

Great Ways to Stay Money Smart While Abroad

Zenab Bakayokois currently a senior at Towson University. She studied abroad with CEA for the Spring 2018 Semester in Paris, France.

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One of the toughest things about study abroad was staying financially responsible — and for those of us without much money to spend, I have some tips!

I had a wonderful semester with CEA. Paris is a truly special city and I feel honored that I had the opportunity to study there. Many of my tips will focus on being in France, but relate overall to the study abroad experience.

Maximize your opportunities:

No matter where you travel, there are many ways that you can have fun free of charge. Not only will this help you save money, it also will teach you a lot about your host country. My best experiences in Paris were at free events!

As students, many museums and sights are free — so make sure to always travel with your student ID! It will save you more money than you think. Here are some examples:

  • Musée D’orsay
  • Musée du Louvre
  • Picasso Museum
  • Salon d’Agriculture
  • Jardin du Luxembourg

Fun fact: MOST museums are free the first Sunday every month in the EU! (Exclusions do apply so make sure you do your research.)

CEA excursions are also a great way to maximize your opportunities without spending money! These include a trip to Bruges (a city in Belgium), a circus in Paris, a trip to Chantilly, a weekend trip to Provence, and more. These excursions allow you to learn so much about your study abroad location while avoiding excessive spending.

Credit Cards/Debit Cards:

From my experience abroad, credit cards proved very beneficial. I would strongly advise students to look into them and research your options. Credit cards allow you to budget and balance your expenses.

I would personally recommend the Student Chrome Card from Discover. I used it mostly to purchase transportation tickets. I think the Discover card was good to have because it wasn’t widely accepted in Europe, which prevented excessive spending. They gave a $20 student credit reward if you had a GPA over 3.0, and they had lower rates to accommodate students. I definitely would recommend it! Remember to research the best credit card fit for you.

As for debit cards, make sure to check with your bank so you know if there are any ATM fees or charges for international use. American banks normally charge a base ATM fee ($5 with PNC bank), no matter how much you withdraw at a time. Be aware that many cards will charge a small foreign transaction fee for use, and that’s pretty normal.

International Travel:

While being abroad, you’ll definitely want to visit other countries — and there are many ways to do this while remaining fiscally responsible.

Train tickets are normally much cheaper for travel than plane tickets when bought months in advance. Last-minute, train tickets sometimes prove more expensive than plane tickets.

My advice: Plan your trips once you arrive. Use a planner, write out your assignments, and plan your trips around your academic obligations. Try to plan with your new friends to save money on accommodations. Many of the activities I did abroad were free; I mostly spent money on lodging, food and transportation. Even with this, there are ways to plan strategically. You can save a good chunk of money by purchasing your tickets (plane or train) a few weeks in advance!

Want another genius steal? After looking up a plane ticket, use a “new incognito” window. This will filter out your search. Normally, air companies use cookies that save your previous searches and as a result increase the price of the ticket you’ve been looking at. Sometimes it will be the same price in the new incognito window, but you might be able to snag a cheaper ticket!

Final takeaway:

You can still have an amazing experience while living within your means. Other students may have more financial freedom, but it’s in your best interest to be wise about your finances while abroad. Everyone is in college, after all — there will be many students trying to travel and save, so plan with them!

  • Plan your monthly budgets and be strict when it comes to your spending; do not allow yourself to overspend.
  • Don’t let your finances be a dark cloud over your experience! Be smart, strategic and organized, and you’ll be shocked at how far your money can stretch.

 

Originally posted on: https://www.ceastudyabroad.com/blog/mojo/2018/12/06/great-ways-to-stay-money-smart-while-abroad

Introducing TU Abroad Stories!

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Storytelling is one of the strongest persuasion tools we have. The Study Abroad Office wants to hear the experiences from our students who have spent time abroad and the reasons why students want to study abroad.

And so the TU Abroad Stories Project was born! 

What is it?

A photo and video series with the stories of past and perspective study abroad students.

Who is it for? 

Everyone!

How do you get involved? 

Submit a photo and/or video telling us about your time abroad or why you want to go abroad. What about studying abroad appeals to you?

How do you find the posts?

Look on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

We’ll be using the hashtag #TUAbroadStories

Submit yours here!

Where Do We Recommend?

China

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We currently offer over 20 programs in China, including one of our exchanges, along with a faculty-led program. There are also countless opportunities to study abroad through program providers listed on our database.

Cuba

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Check out this Minimester program offered through one of our providers, AIFS, in Havana! You could also spend your Spring Break exploring Cuba.

Czech Republic

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You could study Geography in the Heart of Europe, or maybe on a TU exchange through the University of New York – Prague. These are just two of our 24 options to study in the Czech Republic.

Ecuador

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Attend our faculty-led program going to the Ecuadorian rainforest, or check out the Summer and Minimester options that AIFS offers in the Galapagos.

Greece

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Spend a semester in Greece though the American College of Greece (or one of our other providers), or maybe a Summer term through ISA. We have a few other options in Greece, too, just check out our full program listings!

Morocco

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Spend a summer learning Arabic in Morocco, or maybe partake in a semester-long service-learning experience through ISA. We have 10 programs offered in Morocco, and one might be exactly right for you!

South Africa

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With almost 20 options to study abroad in South Africa, you can’t go wrong! We have three faculty-led programs, including this one that could earn you Theater credit. You could also spend a full semester or year, through USAC or one of our other providers!

 

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Check out ALL of our program options on our database, Horizons.

Fall 2017 Events

Welcome back, Tigers! 

It’s the beginning of the semester and there’s so much to do! The Study Abroad Office has put together a guide to some of our featured events happening during the Fall 2017 semester.

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Welcome Back Reception – AUGUST 31ST – 4PM TO 6PM – UNIVERSITY UNION 313

Join the Study Abroad Office and the Center for Student Diversity for a Welcome Back Party! Enjoy refreshments, meet fellow TU students, and celebrate the beginning of the school year with us. Open to all students!

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Honors College Night – SEPTEMBER 6TH – 6:30PM TO 8:00PM – DOUGLASS MPR

Are you in the Honors College? Learn how you can earn Honors credit while studying abroad. Hear from study abroad alumni on how to make study abroad a part of your Towson University experience.

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Study Abroad Fair – SEPTEMBER 7TH – 11AM TO 2PM – POTOMAC LOUNGE

Come to the Study Abroad Fair to find out what program(s) are going to be the best for you. With all of our programs represented, you can learn all about what Study Abroad has to offer. Talk to study abroad alumni and international students all about their experiences to find out if Study Abroad is right for you!

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Funding Your Experience – SEPTEMBER 20TH – 12PM TO 2PM – UNION 313

Are you interested in applying for study abroad but worry about costs? You’re not alone. Join the Study Abroad Office in the CSD to learn how everyone can study abroad. You’ll learn about different ways to help finance your study abroad goals through financial aid and scholarships.

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Study Abroad Family Breakfast – OCTOBER 14TH – 9AM TO 10AM – TBA

Studying Abroad is a huge part of so many Towson students’ journeys here. Join us for breakfast to find out more about the Study Abroad process. Coffee, tea and pastries will be served.

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International Education Week – NOVEMBER 13TH-17TH – THROUGHOUT CAMPUS

Celebrate everything there is to love about an international education all throughout the week with special events happening across campus. Be on the lookout so you can attend which events are calling to you!

INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION WEEK

African Diaspora Alliance – NOVEMBER 15 – 12PM TO 2PM – UNION 313

In honor of International Education Week, our Study Abroad Office and the Center for Student Diversity is thrilled to welcome the African Diaspora Alliance to campus. Join us to talk about connecting with the Alliance abroad and the power of exploring identity through travel. It’s a discussion you won’t want to miss!

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Tips to Make Packing Easier

It’s that time in your planning process that you need to pack. How do you fit everything in a suitcase or two? What can you carry on? And what should you bring? As someone who always packs too much wherever they go, packing for such a long time away can be daunting. Here’s a few dos and don’ts, tricks and tips, and ways to make the nightmare of packing ease on by.

What do I need?

The truthful answer to this would be: ‘Not your entire closet.’

  • Find out if your housing will have laundry services (they often do) and how much they cost. From there, try and estimate how often you want to have to be doing laundry and plan from there what the minimal about of clothing items you’d need would be. I typically go at least three items over what my minimal would be just in case.
  • Check the local weather for when you’ll be going abroad. Weather.com is my go to for all things weather. No need for shorts when London was 30-55°F the entire time I was abroad. If the weather calls for a winter coat, wear your heaviest onto the plane and pack any lighter jackets. Or layer and save even more space! You can always take them off in the airport after security.
  • Have at least one formal outfit. You never know if your host family will invite you to a wedding or if you will attend an evening reception of some kind.
  • Always remember comfortable walking shoes. Most study abroad destinations will have you walking, climbing, and exploring all around the country. For long days on your feet, you want to have shoes that will remain comfortable for the entire duration of your outing (I’d suggest two pairs in case something malfunctions on one of them).
  • So what about toiletries? I always pack travel-sized ones to start off with. Any additional shampoo, conditioner, body wash, etc. will almost always be found wherever you are. Ladies should consider any feminine products they’ll need abroad. And, as crazy as it may seem, I packed one thin roll of toilet paper in my suitcase just in case where we were staying didn’t have one on the roll when we got there. (For the record, there was one, but there was very little left on the roll).
  • Towels, sheets, and linens are a case by case kind of thing. Many places may provide them, but some may not. You should confirm this before you leave to study abroad. You can certainly buy them when you land, or you can always pack an old set that can be thrown away before returning home if you don’t want to have to lug them back with you.
  • Don’t forget adapters. Foreign outlet adapters will be your best friend. There’s different ones for different regions that you should check to see which one you’ll need.

Carry-On Luggage

One of the biggest things to have to figure out is: can this be carried onto the plane with me? The best thing to do would be to check your airline’s rules and regulations regarding carry-on items. Don’t forget to check size limitations on bags!

There’s a few general rules that almost always apply though:

  • Any travel documents you need should ALWAYS stay on your person (Passport, Boarding Pass, Visa(s), Insurance Card, etc.).
  • No weapons or anything flammable of any kind (this one will always apply).
  • Any kind of liquid (lotions, shampoos, makeup etc.) usually have to be 3.4 ounce (100ml) OR smaller.
  • Electronics are safest when they’re traveling with you and not getting thrown around in your checked luggage.

Here are a few extra tips to make packing your carry-on easier:

  • Do you have any medications that you must take?  Pack them in your carry-on in the original containers (Border Officials don’t take kindly to little bags of pills!) in case of your luggage gets lost. Bring copies of your prescriptions with you. Be sure to have the name of the generic drugs .
  • Putting your shoes in your carry on can help make your checked luggage lighter.
  • I was required to bring and keep a journal during my program, but having a place to write down things you want to remember and your experiences will help you tell all your friends and family the things you got to do.
  • For a Minimester program I took about $200-$300 in cash with me as an emergency supply that I kept hidden in my room.

We suggest you take a look at this site in addition to you airline’s site!

Checked Luggage

So anything that can’t go in my carry-on can go in my checked luggage? Not quite. We suggest you check with https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/all and your airline’s website once again for anything that can go into your checked luggage. But fear not. This bag’s a little easier when it comes to what’s allowed in it:

  • Underwear. Socks. Makeup.
  • Liquids in this bag can be any size, but I’d still suggest travel-sized items as they weigh significantly less.

Don’t forget to check the weight limits!

Anything Else?

A few more miscellaneous tips:

  • Always be culturally aware of what clothing could be considered appropriate and inappropriate where you’re going.
  • School supplies are easy enough to purchase after you’ve landed, however, if there’s a certain item you must have, they don’t take up too much space if you want to bring it with you.
  • Hairdryers, straighteners, and curling irons often blow fuses (this happened where I was staying multiple times in our apartment). It would be cheaper and easier to buy one for your dorm room/apartment/etc. If you have roommates, buy one for all of you and split the costs! Or go without!

Know what kind of tourist you are.

  • Will you be relying on your phone? Phones are great for navigating around an unknown city. Don’t forget a portable charger!
  • Do you like taking pictures? Will a phone suffice or do you want to bring a professional camera with you? Don’t forget an extra battery, memory card, and chargers!

A Few Pre-Made Packing Lists

When in doubt, make a list of everything that you’ll be needing to pack with you and cross the items off as you pack them. Don’t stress and start packing enough time in advanced so you’re not rushing at the end.

If you have any questions, you can contact our office at (410) 704-2451, or email studyabroad@towson.edu and peeradvisor@towson.edu. We are located in the Psychology Building, Room 408, open Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5 pm.

Recommended Apps to Use Abroad

Phones have become increasingly important in today’s society, and not just in America. While you’re abroad, it could be very helpful to know which apps to use for various reasons. To help sort through them, we’ve compiled a useful list, divided into categories!

To connect with friends, both back home and in your new city:

  • WhatsApp
  • Viber
  • Facebook Messenger – Almost everyone has Facebook! As long as you have Wi-Fi wherever you are (or a data plan), you can keep in touch with people back home, AND connect with your new friends abroad.
  • Snapchat – Snapchat is also a great way to keep up with what your friends at home are doing. Just be careful not to use it too much–it may increase the chances of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

To help with planning your trip and keeping track of your itinerary:

  • HostelWorld
  • Airbnb
  • The app to whatever airline you’re using – I flew British Airways when I went to England, and having their app was so convenient! Instead of worrying about having a paper boarding pass to keep track of, I just needed my phone. You can also keep up with flight delays and cancellations this way.
  • TripIt – This app syncs with your email, so every ticket you purchase and event you sign up for saves to the app to create a personalized itinerary.

To get around once you’re in your host city:

  • AroundMe – This app generates a list of companies/events/buildings that are in the area.
  • Maps.me – Navigate through the area without the use of WiFi. You just have to download the area you are in before you go offline.
  • Citymapper – This will give you information about public transportation in the city you are in. It will give you directions to stops, your destination, and how long the wait time will be.
  • Any public transportation apps near you – Some taxi companies have apps that allow you to request a taxi right on the app, and then notifies you when it arrives! Airports and bus/train stations may also have apps you can download.
  • Uber – Most major cities abroad have Uber, but check to make sure yours does before relying on this.

To keep up-to-date with safety and wellness information:

  • OSAC – This is the official app for the U.S. Department of State.
  • TravWell – Here you can keep track of any vaccinations you need, any risks around you, etc.
  • Can I Eat This? – The title is self-explanatory: this app lets you know if certain foods in your host country may make you sick.

To make traveling around outside of your host country easier:

  • Currency Converter
  • My TSA – You can see how long lines are, whether flights are delayed, and more with this helpful travel app!
  • Border Wait Time
  • Mobile Passport App – This one only works when you’re entering the U.S. again, but it’s still worth it to skip the lines!

Other helpful things to download:

  • Offline games to play when you’re waiting in places without wifi
  • WiFi Finder