Carnegie Mellon University

Study Abroad Handbook

While we currently have a Study Abroad Handbook being updated, we have much information available on our website, and through our CMU Study Abroad Portal. The presentation we provide at our Pre-Departure Orientations (which each student going abroad must attend) - is provided to each student as a reference, also; via email and through their CMU Study Abroad Portal profile.
The following information is included in our Pre-Departure Orientation, and through individual meetings and resources of OIE:

  • Administrative Procedures: Registration & Documentation, Medical Insurance and the International Student ID Card (ISIC)
  • Finances: Study Abroad Financial Aid Policies, Handling Money While Abroad, Extra Expenses
  • Travel: Flight Arrangements, Travel While Abroad, Popular Travel Guidebooks, Other Travel Resources, Hostels, Packing Tips and Suggestions
  • Communication: By Text, WhatsApp, E-mail, Phone 
  • Cross-Cultural Adjustment: Culture Shock, The Progressive Stages of Culture Shock, Responding to Culture Shock, Returning Home, What is Reentry Shock?, Academic Issues, Personal Experiences
  • Health & Safety: Before You Go, Once You’re Abroad, Safety Warning, Legal Issues, Street Safety, Other Safety Guidelines
  • Carnegie Mellon Department Contacts