The Glavin Office of International Education provides a wealth of resources to assist you in your international endeavors.
The trusted resources below will provide you with information and guidance to begin research for your travels and experience abroad.
- U.S. Department of State Students Abroad provides information on applying for a passport, preparing to go abroad, learning about your destination, and information on responding to medical emergencies.
- U.S. Department of State issues travel information about individual countries and will send notices of any safety concerns that may arise abroad. This site also provides passport application instructions and international travel information including Country Specific Information sheets with visa information.
Health and Safety Resources
- International SOS provides assistance to travelers and expatriates around the world, and includes services ranging from telephone advice and referrals to full-scale evacuation by private air ambulance. ALL Babson faculty, staff, and students who are traveling on international college-sponsored programs are REQUIRED to register with International SOS prior to travel.
- U.S. State Department Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) enables U.S. citizens to register their travel plans with the U.S. Department of State, who will send notices of safety concerns that may arise abroad.
- U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets include such information as location of the U.S. Embassy or Consulate, unusual immigration practices, health conditions, minor political disturbances, unusual currency and entry regulations, crime and security information, and drug penalties for every country in the world.
- U.S. Passports and International Travel provides information on how to apply for a passport.
- Center for Disease Control provides online health information, including country-specific travel health and vaccination information.
- The World Health Organization (WHO) produces a report with information about main health risks for travelers by country.
- U.S. Embassies Abroad provides a listing of all U.S. Embassies around the world.
- CIA World Fact Book provides general background information on each country.
- Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Crime and Safety Reports provide crime and safety reports on an annual basis written by U.S. Regional Security Officers about the current environment overseas.
Travel and Logistics Resources
- Travels’ Checklist: Your packing list wizard. Been asking yourself, What to pack? What should you prepare before you travel? Follow a few quick steps and get a printable packing list, travel tips, information, and things to do before your trip.
- The World Clock: Time Zones
- Atlapedia Online offers profiles with key information on every country of the world, including facts and data on geography, climate, people, religion, language, history, and economy.
- Global Road Warrior: Babson Library Resource
- Lonely Planet
Creating an Expense Report and Allocating Your Pcard
Watch a series of Brainshark presentations to give you visual assistance in understanding how to create an expense report and allocate your PCard expenses when you return from an Elective Abroad or International Consulting Experience:
- Forum on Education Abroad
- NAFSA: National Association of International Educators
- Institute of International Education (IIE)
- Safety Abroad First – Educational Travel Information (SAFETI) Consortium contains resources to support study abroad, emphasizing health and safety issues and resources for U.S. colleges and universities supporting study abroad.
- American Association of Study Abroad Programmes/United Kingdom (AASAP/UK)
- Boston Area Study Abroad Advisors (BASAA)
Guides and Best Practice Resources
The Forum on Education Abroad is committed to developing and promoting standards of good practice for the field of education abroad. The ultimate goal of the standards is to improve practices in education abroad, so that students’ international educational experiences are as rich and meaningful as possible. Click links below to access the Standards documents:
- Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad (pdf)
- Standards of Good Practice for Short-Term Education Abroad Programs (pdf)
The Guide to Successful Short-Term Programs Abroad, Edited by Sarah E. Spencer and Kathy Tuma. NAFSA Publication. 2007.
- This edition is a practical guide for practitioners who direct and administer short-term programs. The book was edited by two experts with considerable experience in the field, Sarah Spencer, from the University of St. Thomas, and Kathy Tuma, from St. Olaf College. The second edition includes a new chapter on internships, independent study, and service learning. It also includes new resources related to budgeting and financial matters. Readers can use the tools provided in the book to build successful short-term programs tailored to their institutions. The book also has a comprehensive index.
Opening Doors: Alternative Pedagogies for Short-Term Programs Abroad (pdf) excerpt by Peter Hovde – NAFSA’s Guide to Short-Term Programs Abroad, Sarah E. Spencer and Kathy Tuma, Editors.
- This toolkit has been developed to be used primarily by faculty to aid in the development and implementation of embedded programs (i.e. international components to a course taught on campus), but it also includes helpful information for faculty developing a global seminar where the whole course is taught abroad. Developed by Duarte Morais, PhD, Anthony C. Ogden, PhD, and Christine Buzinde, PhD at University of Kentucky.
Faculty-led 360 Guide to Successful Study Abroad, Melanie McCallon and Bill Holmes, Agapy LLC. 2010.
- This publication helps universities and their faculty develop, market, and lead successful study abroad programs. Bill Holmes, director of International Education at Campbellsville University, and Melanie McCallon, associate director for Education Abroad at Murray State University, are the authors. They discuss the challenges, opportunities for personal and professional advancement, university incentives and advancement, how to put it all together, faculty responsibilities, responsible study abroad seminar, the student-faculty relationship, fostering student learning abroad, the role of the study abroad office in faculty-led programs, and more.
- Duolingo: Learn Spanish, English, French, German, Portuguese, and Italian using this free iPhone and Android app.
- Mango Languages: Learn Spanish, French, or one of the more than 50 languages via this software offered online via the Babson Horn Library. Mango uses real-life situations and conversations to teach users a new language by offering you the opportunity to listen and repeat words, phrases, and conversations. You will learn not only grammar, vocabulary, and conjugation, you will learn how to communicate.
The following are online travel translation dictionaries: