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Useful resources

Useful resources and websites for students studying or working abroad.

Types of resource

  • Online resources such as websites, YouTube, audio clips
  • Smartphone, computer and tablet apps
  • Phrase and travel books, dictionaries, audiobooks or digital books
  • Conversations with students who have studied or worked in your destination. Email our Study Abroad Team, Placement Team or MyQuestions on InfoHub for more information.

Websites

  • Global Graduates – information to help you prepare for international experience abroad. Includes 100 reasons to study abroad, an extensive packing list, and blog posts/articles from students who have studied or worked abroad
  • Global Security Centre – a service through UWE Bristol’s insurers providing comprehensive advice on safety and the practicalities of live abroad (currency, business hours, etiquette, public transport). An institutional login is required – username: umal70 Password: 28y64
  • Lonely Planet – a traveller's perspective of the different countries, including practical information and public transportation
  • Foreign and Commonwealth Office – Government travel and consulate advice and information
  • Go International – benefits of studying, working or volunteering abroad, with advice on accessing opportunities and funding
  • STA Travel – lists a huge range of student travel deals
  • AngloInfo – Information and support aimed at English-speaking expats living in particular regions
  • International Student Identity Card (ISIC) – provides a variety of student discounts in the UK and worldwide and can be purchased through STA travel
  • Travel Blog – blogs written by people living, working and travelling abroad

Country-specific websites

  • The official Tourism Board website of your destination country to find out information about history and culture, things to do and places to visit
  • The airline website for information on duty-free allowances, banned goods etc
  • If you are studying abroad, see whether your host university has its own Student Union membership/discount cards

Travel and culture apps

Journey planning and mapping

  • City Mapper – detailed journey planner information, including real-time departures for public transport in 30 cities worldwide
  • Maps.me – enables you to download regional or country maps and then use them offline to navigate or plan journeys
  • Rome2Rio – plan cross-country, multi-mode travel with flight, train, bus, ferry, and driving options with estimated travel times and fares
  • Google Trips and Tripit - pull together travel information from your confirmation emails for flights, buses, and hotels bookings etc into one single itinerary

Flight bookings

  • Skyscanner and Kayak – search across travel sites to help you find the best prices for flights
  • Hopper – tells you the best time of the year to book a flight to ensure you get the cheapest deal and sends alerts when your favourite routes go on sale
  • App in the Air – tracks flights and provides info on delays, check-ins, boarding schedules, and baggage arrivals

Culture and events

  • Time Out – a directory of ideas for things to do in cities around the world, including bars, restaurants, attractions and events

Financial apps

  • XE currency app – provides access to live exchange rates. Can be used offline but rates are automatically exchange rates when you have internet
  • Splittr – a platform to share travel costs between friends including opportunities to mix currencies

Communication and language resources

  • Rebtel – Use any kind of phone to call any kind of phone in the world through local lines at cheap rates
  • Language apps and resources - Learn key phrases before you travel by viewing our list of language apps and resources

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