Resources for Study Abroad

US Department of State

  • Passport/visa information
  • Current restrictions for entry/exit
  • US relations with individual countries on fact-sheets
  • Require vaccinations/healthcare
  • Embassies and Consulates
  • Safety/security information through the US government
  • Local laws/special circumstances
  • Travel and transportation 

Pathways to Safety International 

  • Nongovernmental organization that specializes in serving Americans experiencing interpersonal and gender-based violence abroad
  • Services include: long term case management, international danger to safety relocation, specialized international safety planning, referrals to international family law attorneys, transition services, and assistance with housing and other basic needs


  • International 24-hour crisis line: 800.656.HOPE (4673)

Dating Beyond Borders 

  • Youtube channel with travel tips on dating abroad 

Gender Index

  • Country by country resources/discrimination on:
    • Family codes (Legal age of marriage, parental authority, inheritance)
    • Physical integrity (Laws on sexual violence, attitudes/prevalence of violence, reproductive autonomy)
    • Civil liberties (Public space, political voice, political representation)


  • Article by Million Mile Secrets: How to avoid racism while traveling
  • Alternatives to Airbnb
    • Noirbnb, which was created in 2015 by Stefan Grant, provides Black travelers with a safe travel experience. By offering travel accommodations without discrimination, Noirbnb has made it possible for Black travelers to feel safe, welcomed, and comfortable when traveling domestically and internationally.  Although Noirbnb caters to the Black traveler community, travelers of any race, culture, gender or religion can utilize this platform. 
    • The National Association of Black Hotel Owners, Operators & Developers (NABHOOD), which was formed in 1998, works to create wealth within the Black community. Over the years, the number of African-Americans involved in developing, owning, managing and operating hotels has increased. If you’re interested in lodging at a Black-owned hotel within the US, you can review a list of NABHOOD hotels on the organization’s website to confirm hotel locations. 

Country by Country Guide

  • Global Attitudes Survey on Sexual, Gender and Sex Minorities, 2017
  • Findings demonstrate that a majority of people feel they can respect their religion and their culture and be accepting of sexual and gender diversity- evidence that strongly counters the discriminatory, and often dangerous messages, delivered by religious or political leaders.

Emergency SOS

  • ~On iPhone 7 devices or earlier, you can access an "Emergency SOS" option by pressing the Lock button five times. When you make a call with SOS, your iPhone automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, you might need to choose the service that you need. For example, in China you can choose police, fire, or ambulance.
  • On iPhone 8 or later press and hold the side button and one of the Volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears. Then, drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and Volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds. If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.
  • Before you leave make sure to update your Medical ID, under the Health App. This will allow authorities access to your information in the case of an emergency about anything specifically they would need to know. You can also add emergency contacts. After an emergency call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your iPhone sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it sends updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes.

Resources for International Students

All Safer resources are also available to our international students, staff, and faculty.

International Club (I-Club)

  • Group of both international and domestic students teaching/learning about different cultures and making all feel welcome.
  • Email:

Language Groups

  • SLO County Spanish Conversational Group
  • Deutscher Stammtisch

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