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Researching Your Destination

In addition to completing all of the pre-departure steps required by your program, you are highly encouraged to learn as much as you can about your host country and the region where you will be studying.

CIA World Fact Book

Learn about the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities.

Lonely Planet Travel Guide

Purchase individual chapters or entire guidebooks from a leading travel guide publisher.

Let's Go Travel Guide

Read about your host country in a series of guidebooks written entirely by students and updated every year.

Reviews of major cities by students, for students. Also recruits writers and bloggers.

Carleton's Language Center

View news broadcasts from around the world

Check out culture-general and culture-specific resources on photography, movies, and other ways of learning about other cultures.

Get a head start on reading your host country’s newspapers.

On-line Magazines

Browse a plethora of articles on topics related to travel and study abroad.

  • Glimpse: supports 10 paid correspondents per semester  (writers, photographers, and/or videographers) to tell compelling stories and publish them on the Matador network
  • Verge: explores opportunities to travel with purpose through work, study, and volunteer abroad
  • Abroad View: contains many resources on travel abroad, including the Green Passport program