You will need your birth certificate to order your passport. You can bring all of the necessary materials to the Urbana courthouse near Lincoln Square or to the Champaign Post Office on Mattis Ave. Make sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after you plan to return from your trip or you may not be allowed to enter into the country.
Provides travel health tips along with updates on health concerns in specific countries.
Advises U.S. citizens concerning travel risks in specific countries.
Good information on health, maps, subway maps, observations of other travelers, etc.
This website has hostels listed all over the world with tons of reviews. The reviews can only be written by people who have booked their stay through the website which guarantees that they are actually written by people who have stayed there. You can type in any city and find listings of all of the possible hostels and their rooming options.
As a University of Illinois student, you can receive free online foreign language instruction in 30 languages. For help setting up an account, contact the Literatures and Languages Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Know the expectations by country.
Explains when you’ll need adapters and converters. It is generally best not to bring any appliance that only says “110” on the plug. If you plug these in, either the appliance will be blown out, or you might cause a problem with electricity in the entire building.
This site can be used to calculate currency conversions. I recommend that you take a “currency cheat sheet” with you.