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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Study Abroad Resources

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Useful Study Abroad Links

On-Line Cross-Cultural Orientation

What's Up With Culture? Outgoing MSU students are strongly encouraged to work through this website to help prepare them for their international experience and to minimize culture shock.  We recommend that you do this program in stages. Plan to complete module one before you come to the study abroad pre-departure orientation in November or April.

Diversity in Study Abroad

  • The Project for Learning Abroad, Training and Outreach facilitates this website designed to promote study abroad participation among underrepresented students, addressing some of the issues and challenges ethnicity may play in their study abroad experience and linking them to additional information, resources and scholarships.
  • Diversity Abroad -- International experiences have had a tremendous effect on the personal and professional lives of countless minority business professionals, entertainers, athletes, as well as community and government leaders.While no place is completely free from discrimination, many minority students discover less discrimination abroad than at their home universities.
  • Journey Woman is a sight specifically for women traveling abroad.
  • Out and About has travel information for the LGBT community.
  • Mobility International is a great resource for travelers with disabilities.
  • [PDF] VA Benefits (89 KiB)- Important information for veterans studying abroad under post-9/11 GI Bill

International Travel Links

  • World Hum is general travel page with  links to news stories, travel blogs and everything under the international traveler's sun.
  • is a community of travelers sharing reviews, photos, and links to airfares.
  • Monetos has practical guides and tips for students on finding housing, visiting doctors, opening bank accounts, etc. in the European Union.
  • Savvy Traveler is a fantastic site with tons of resources about the logistics of travel abroad.
  • Lonely Planet has a good website with general country guides and a well-used online discussion called Thorntree. Use it to ask country-specific questions.
  • is a searchable database of hostels around the world.
  • Let's Go is a travel guide compiled by Harvard Students traveling the world.
  • Rick Steves is the authority for U.S. Americans traveling in Europe.
  • Rough Guides is another stellar guidebook publisher with great insights.
  • The Art of Travel is a travel book written by John Gregory. You can read the entire book online.
  • Travelite is a great site for travelers looking to pack minimally.
  • Hazel sends postcards with your digital photos for only $1.50. Send one home while you are abroad.
  • Eurail provides information on train tickets, schedules, and travel around Europe.

 Flight Information                                    

  • STA Travel is one of the best places to look for cheap tickets. They sometimes have discounts for students and allow a search for an "open-jawed" ticket, which allows travelers to leave from one destination, travel overland, and return from a different destination. Very useful.
  • Delta Airlines has a major hub at the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport. Delta has a good selection of flights to Asia, as well as Europe, through their Dutch partner KLM.
  • Easy Jet has some great deals on flight within Europe.
  • Wegolo has great deals on flights to and within Europe.
  • Zuji has great deals on flights to and within Asia.
  • Rick Steves has compiled a list of low cost airlines in Europe.
  • Smarter Travel is a good sight for news about flight sales, international and domestic.
  • Priceline allows travelers to make bids on plane tickets. If your bid is accepted, you are required to pay.
  • BetterBidding provides valuable advice for booking air travel online.
  • Air Brokers sells Round The World Tickets (RTW) and Circle Pacific tickets.
  • Kayak helps you find websites with the lowest air travel prices.

Travel Insurance

  • MSU students studying abroad for any length of time, including study tours, are required to buy a International Student Identification Card (ISIC). This card provides the holder with many discounts abroad, as well as some basic supplementary insurance. Students should apply for the ISIC card at the Kearney International Center (CSU 250).
  • Atlas International has coverage plans ranging from seven days to thirty six months, backed by Lloyd's of London.
  • International Citizens has options in both their Platinum and Premier plans.
  • CMI Insurance Worldwide has options for both individuals and group plans. CMI includes the use of a 24-hour assistance line that students can call at any time with questions.
  • Cultural Insurance Services International is affiliated with AIFS and offers coverage starting at $34 a month for students under 25 years of age.