Researching Your Destination
The better you prepare yourself for your time abroad -- the more you know about what
to expect and what is expected of you -- the more meaningful your experience will
be. There are many resources available to you, from travel guides available in the
International Office to returned students and IWU faculty, from daily newspapers to
One of your first research stops should be the U.S. State Department Web site (https://www.state.gov/). There, you can find information on getting or renewing your passport, on requirement
entries for you host country, and general travel advice. In particular, access the
Country Specific Information for your host country and look at any Travel Alerts for both your host country and any countries to which you plan to travel.
Whatever resources you consult, you should try to learn as much as you can about your
host country: its language, history, and culture, as well as its current social and
political conditions. To help you do this, here are 20 questions you should seek to answer.