Helpful Travel Links

 Emergencies abroad

If you have been a victim of crime
If you have lost your passport
US Embassies, Consulates & Diplomatic Missions

Getting a passport

US Passport Services (U.S. Department of State)

If you are going abroad in the next year and do not have a passport, apply immediately.  Be sure it will be valid for as long as you need it, or apply for renewal immediately.  Having a passport, or having proof that you have applied for one, is a condition for acceptance to study abroad, except for IPIA programs (College of Agriculture.)

Passport application to Lafayette Post Office, located at 3450 State Road 26 East (just east of Home Depot):  No appointments necessary, walk-ins welcome. Passport office open Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and 9:00 a.m. and noon on Saturday.  

Other State Department Related Sites

FBI Advice on Foreign Intelligence Threats
STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)

International Travel Information (U.S. Department of State)
Safety Issues
(U.S. Department of State)
Smart Traveler Smartphone App

Example Faculty/Staff/Student Personal Emergency Information Card (student version show)

Example Faculty/Staff/Student Personal Emergency Action Plan
Overseas Security Advisory Council Travel Security Form


Purdue University Travel Office Resources

Purdue University Business Services Travel Website
Purdue's International Travel Health Insurance Provider

Sources of world news

International Herald Tribune
World Press Review

Information on other countries

Background Notes & Country Pages (State Dept.)
BBC country profiles
Lonely Planet
Globespotters Blog
Travel Etiquette

Getting to local airports

Shuttle between Purdue & Chicago O'Hare: Express Air Coach or Lafayette Limo
Shuttle between Purdue & Indianapolis International: Lafayette Limo or Star of America

Sources of airline tickets

STA Travel
Cheap Tickets
Student Universe
Fly Low Cost
Fly Cheap Abroad

Traveling while abroad

Rail passes
European Rail Travel

Lodging abroad

Hostelling International
Hostel reviews
Internet Guide to Hostelling
Finding a Host Stay
Apartment Rentals

Online travel advice & guidebooks

State Dept. "Students Abroad" page
Advice on smooth travels (State Dept.)
Lonely Planet Guides
Rick Steves' Europe
Rough Guides
Let’s Go Guides
Moon Guides
Fodor’s Guides
Frommer's Guides


US Customs  (Includes rules on what you can bring into the U.S.)
Documentation needed to visit other countries
(NOTE: Check with embassies of each country for most specific, up-to-date info).

Luggage Size Requirements 


Safety abroad

Country-specific advice & warnings (State Dept.)
Safety tips for American travelers (State Dept.)
Safety for Study Abroad participants (State Dept.)

Health abroad

Center For Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) Travel Info
World Health Organization
Medical tips for American travelers (State Dept.)

Money and Banking abroad

Online Currency Converter
Sending/Receiving Money Overseas in an Emergency
Images of other countries' money

Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Travelers' concerns

Rainbow Group of NAFSA (Assn. of International Educators)
International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)
International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA)

Of general interest to travelers - a great source of travel info, including printable subway maps from all over the world
World Citizen's Guide
Magellan's travel products
Campmor camping & travel gear
Time Zone converter
Make a personal multi-zone clock
Unique "population" map
Metric Conversion Calculator
Phone Cards

Information for Military Personnel (Active/Reserve/Guard/ROTC/Veteran)

 Precautions for traveling outside the US (OCONUS)