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Useful resources

Where to look for information and support when studying abroad

  • Websites and YouTube
  • Smartphone, computer and tablet apps
  • Phrase and travel books, dictionaries, audiobooks or digital books
  • Talk to 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 Response's Travel Advice online platform – a service through UWE Bristol’s insurers providing comprehensive advice on safety and the practicalities of living abroad (currency, business hours, etiquette, public transport). in order to access the online platform, you will need to:
    • visit the Drum Cussac website
    • register using your 'uwe.ac.uk' email address
    • await a verification email and set up a password
    You can then view travel advice by city and country.
  • 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

  • Check the official Tourism Board website of your destination country to find out information about history and culture, things to do and places to visit
  • Visit your 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
  • Seat 61 – ditch carbon-heavy cheap flights for a low-stress rail alternative. Seat 61 provides information on train travel within and to/from most worldwide destinations

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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