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    How to Complete Your Medical Residency in the USA

    How to Complete Your Medical Residency in the USA

    Posted by Steve Toews on: February 26, 2020 in Study Abroad

    Practicing medicine in the United States appeals to many international medical students and doctors, but the U.S. requires these physicians to undergo an extensive process — including doing residency abroad in America. The advantages of completing a residency in the United States can include better pay, access to state-of-the-art technology, and more flexibility to work internationally in the future. Here’s how to complete your residency in the USA as an international student.... Read More

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    Study Abroad Checklist: Everything You Need to Do to Prepare

    Study Abroad Checklist: Everything You Need to Do to Prepare

    Posted by Nina Livelo on: February 24, 2020 in Study Abroad

    A chronological checklist is a great tool to visually organize the steps you need to take to prepare for your study abroad trip, from one year before departure to your arrival date. Use the following study abroad checklist to avoid unnecessary stress and stay on track for a hiccup-free departure!... Read More

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    Top 50 Travel Websites to Prepare for Your Dream Trip

    Top 50 Travel Websites to Prepare for Your Dream Trip

    Posted by Tee Corley on: February 18, 2020 in Travel

    Planning for your dream vacation is a lot of work. You’re investing in yourself by expanding your cultural horizons and taking time off from the chaos of daily life. Naturally, you want to make the most of it. Our list of the best 50 travel websites and resources is designed to get you from point A to point B with minimal monetary investment (and maximum fun!). We’ve curated the best travel info sites and blogs to inspire, educate, and inform you.  Where will you go?... Read More

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    Tips for Traveling without Knowing the Language

    Tips for Traveling without Knowing the Language

    Posted by Steve Toews on: February 10, 2020 in Travel

    Traveling the globe can be the adventure of a lifetime, but sooner or later travelers are bound to run into language barriers. It isn't always feasible for you to learn the language of every country you visit, but there are strategies you can use to make sure you're understood. Discover the best communication tips and tricks to make your overseas journeys more enjoyable when you’re traveling without knowing the language of the locals.... Read More

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    Everything You Need to Know About Getting an F-1 Visa

    Everything You Need to Know About Getting an F-1 Visa

    Posted by Nina Livelo on: February 6, 2020 in Study Abroad

    International citizens who wish to enter the United States are generally required to obtain a visa. For citizens of foreign countries who wish to study in the U.S., a student visa is mandatory. If you are entering the United States to attend a college or university, high school, private elementary school, seminary, conservatory, or other academic institution (including a language training program), you’ll need to take the following steps to obtain your F1 visa:... Read More

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    Advantages of Studying Abroad

    Advantages of Studying Abroad

    Posted by Steve Toews on: February 4, 2020 in Study Abroad

    Hop on any social media platform and you'll notice how small the world has become. It’s shrinking by the minute. Succeeding in any aspect of life, including school, business, and relationships means you'll have to interact with people and ideas from across the planet. Want to give yourself a serious head start? In this blog, you’ll find the most important advantages of studying abroad, including personal advantages, cultural advantages, educational advantages, and career advantages. We'll also tackle advantages specifically related to high school study abroad, international community college, and graduate study abroad.... Read More

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    Novel Coronavirus: Am I Still Covered for My Trip to China?

    Novel Coronavirus: Am I Still Covered for My Trip to China?

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: February 3, 2020 in Insurance

    On January 27, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 3 – Avoid Nonessential Travel advisory for China. This travel advisory is the result of a current outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). Learn more about coronavirus and discover how the travel advisory affects your travel health coverage.... Read More

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    Types of Missionary Trips That Make a Lasting Impact

    Types of Missionary Trips That Make a Lasting Impact

    Posted by Liz Skewes on: January 28, 2020 in Travel

    Missionary trips can take you almost anywhere in the world. But before you decide where you want to go for your mission experience, you should determine what kind of trip you’re most interested in taking. In this blog, you'll learn about the different types of mission trips available to people of all ages who want to make an impact abroad. You’ll also discover the best programs and destinations for each mission trip type.... Read More

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    12 Tips to Make Your Mission Trip a Success

    12 Tips to Make Your Mission Trip a Success

    Posted by Tee Corley on: January 22, 2020 in Travel

    Over 400,000 missionaries travel the world each year. While this number has continued to grow over time, so has the number of people in need. As a result, the demand for missionary support has never been higher. In this blog, you'll discover 12 missionary tips you can apply before, during, and after your mission trip to ensure success.... Read More

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    Bring Your Partner to Work: Top Jobs for Couples Abroad

    Bring Your Partner to Work: Top Jobs for Couples Abroad

    Posted by Tee Corley on: January 21, 2020 in Travel

    Have you ever thought about ditching your 9 to 5 to explore the world with your partner? It’s not as challenging as you may be imagining. In fact, you can find jobs for couples on almost every continent. In this blog, you’ll find the best traveling jobs for couples, broken down by category so you and your partner can choose your own adventure: hospitality, teaching English as a second language, farming and agriculture, adventure and recreation, and volunteering.  ... Read More

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    Mission Trips to Africa: Where to Go and How to Prepare

    Mission Trips to Africa: Where to Go and How to Prepare

    Posted by Frederik Nielsen on: January 16, 2020 in Travel

    Many people have a natural urge to travel and see the world, and there are enough experiences to fill several lifetimes. But maybe you’re also seeking a deeper purpose for your travels. That’s why mission trips are so appealing. In this blog, we'll guide your mission trip efforts so you can make a positive difference for people in need. You'll discover: why you should consider Africa for your mission trip destination, the best African destinations for mission trips, the different types of mission trips you can take, and more.... Read More

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    Visitor Visa Documents for the USA

    Visitor Visa Documents for the USA

    Posted by Nina Livelo on: January 9, 2020 in Travel

    Applying for a visitor visa can be an extremely stressful process. Guidelines often seem unclear and contradicting information on different websites can make the whole process even more confusing. That’s why we’ve assembled some helpful information about the U.S. visitor visa application process, including a list of all the documents you will need to complete the online application and to take with you to your visa interview. But first, you should verify that a visitor visa is indeed the visa required for your travel to the United States.... Read More

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    Top 7 Study Abroad Destinations for 2020

    Top 7 Study Abroad Destinations for 2020

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: January 1, 2020 in Study Abroad

    To help you narrow down your options, we’ve assembled a list of the top study abroad destinations from around the world, taking into consideration both educational and intercultural opportunities for international students. For each potential host country, we’ve noted the fields of study which might pique your interest, opportunities for nearby adventure and exploration, and several top program contenders for your consideration.... Read More

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    Types of Travel Documents for Entering and Departing the U.S.

    Types of Travel Documents for Entering and Departing the U.S.

    Posted by Nina Livelo on: December 26, 2019 in Travel

    Traveling to, from, and within the United States isn’t as simple as hopping on and off a plane. The various departments of the U.S. government have issued specific requirements for travel documents that allow travelers—U.S. citizens and foreign nationals alike—to enter, exit, and move freely throughout the country. If you are planning to travel to or within the U.S., it’s imperative that you carry the proper documentation as you cross country and state borders or pass through transport hubs like airports, harbors, and bus stations.... Read More

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    What Is Emergency Medical Evacuation Coverage and Why Do I Need It?

    What Is Emergency Medical Evacuation Coverage and Why Do I Need It?

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: December 9, 2019 in Insurance

    If you become seriously sick or injured while traveling abroad, you’ll likely be taken to the nearest hospital or health facility for treatment. But what will you do if the local facility doesn’t have the adequate doctors, medicine, equipment, or supplies required to treat you? What happens when your life is on the line and regular transportation to a superior hospital would be too slow? Or you’re too sick or injured to travel without the proper equipment and medical professionals by your side? Situations like this are where medical evacuation coverage (often referred to as “medevac coverage” or “emergency medical evacuation coverage”) comes into play.... Read More

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    9 Times Your Travel Health Insurance May Not Cover You

    9 Times Your Travel Health Insurance May Not Cover You

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: October 17, 2019 in Insurance

    When you buy travel health insurance for a trip abroad, you might assume you have coverage for all injuries, illnesses, or travel mishaps you might face overseas—and you’re not alone. However, travel health insurance does not cover everything. You can save yourself stress down the line by reading through the benefits and exclusions of any policy you’re considering to get the full picture. In the meantime, be sure to review this list of 9 times your travel health insurance may not cover you.... Read More

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    What Is the Accidental Death Benefit in Travel Health Insurance?

    What Is the Accidental Death Benefit in Travel Health Insurance?

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: October 1, 2019 in Insurance

    An Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefit in travel health insurance is exactly what its name suggests: a benefit that provides coverage in case of your accidental death or dismemberment while traveling abroad. But what situations qualify for coverage? What scenarios are excluded? Read on to discover exactly what this benefit covers and why you need one.  ... Read More

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    Tropical Storm Dorian Special Bulletin

    Tropical Storm Dorian Special Bulletin

    Posted by Scott Armstrong on: August 28, 2019 in Travel

    The National Hurricane Center indicates that Tropical Storm Dorian has gained some strength as forecasted, as the storm approaches Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Wednesday August 28. As of 08:00 AM EST, the storm was approximately 60 miles southeast of St. Croix, moving at about 13 miles per hour (20 km/hr) with maximum winds at about 60 mph.... Read More

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    Medicare Coverage Outside the U.S.: What to Know Before You Travel

    Medicare Coverage Outside the U.S.: What to Know Before You Travel

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: July 18, 2019 in Insurance

    When you’re preparing to travel abroad, it’s important to know your Medicare coverage does not typically apply outside the U.S. In most cases, you will be fully responsible for healthcare costs you incur while traveling internationally. However, Original Medicare does offer coverage outside the U.S. in some rare cases.... Read More

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    How to Obtain a Visitor Visa for the U.S. from India

    How to Obtain a Visitor Visa for the U.S. from India

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: June 5, 2019 in Travel

    Ready to obtain a visa for your trip to the United States? You’ve come to the right place. Here are the eight steps you’ll need to take to obtain your U.S. visitor visa from India. You’ll learn how to complete the electronic DS-160 application, how to schedule your visa interview, and what documents you need to take with you to your appointment.... Read More

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    6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

    6 Best Travel Medical Insurance Providers

    Posted by Robert DiGiacomo on: May 1, 2018 in Insurance

    Whether you're planning a relaxing beach getaway, foodie-themed city escape, or a safari adventure, you always run the risk of your international trip being cancelled or interrupted by illness. Travel medical insurance provides peace of mind by (typically) covering overseas medical treatments, hospitalizations and medical evacuations, as well as trip reimbursements if you have to go home early. Most policies also offer 24-hour assistance, coverage for terrorism incidents, and reimbursements for lost or stolen luggage.... Read More

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    4 Ways to Work in the U.S. with a Student Visa

    4 Ways to Work in the U.S. with a Student Visa

    Posted by Emma Flick on: April 16, 2018 in Study Abroad

    During your time as an international student in the U.S., you may decide you want to get a job—whether it’s to lighten the load of your tuition, gain some work experience, or just have a little extra pocket money to spend. Keep in mind, though, that as an international student who is in the U.S. on a visa, you can’t just go out and get any job you want. There are regulations you must follow. Working illegally will land you in hot water with the U.S. government. And nobody wants that.  ... Read More

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    Working Overseas: 5 Websites to Find a Job Abroad

    Working Overseas: 5 Websites to Find a Job Abroad

    Posted by Emma Flick on: March 29, 2018 in Travel

    Are you interested in getting a job abroad, but have no idea where to start? Just as the internet has made the process of finding a job domestically easier, it has also simplified the search for international work. Read on to discover how to begin your search for a job in another country with the help of these 5 websites – all created to make your journey a little easier!... Read More

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    11 Most Affordable U.S. Colleges for International Students

    11 Most Affordable U.S. Colleges for International Students

    Posted by Emma Flick on: February 14, 2018 in Study Abroad

    Education at American universities is often very expensive. This is especially true for international students studying in the United States, since they usually aren’t eligible to receive federal student aid from the U.S. government. Here is a list of 11 affordable universities in the USA where the estimated tuition and fees for international students fall below $35,000 per year. These schools are all ranked within the top 100 on U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best College Rankings.... Read More

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    The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

    The Disadvantages of Study Abroad

    Posted by Brianna Weidman on: February 13, 2018 in Study Abroad

    As you begin planning for your study abroad venture, it’s only natural to anticipate the most glamorous aspects of your trip. And while you’re sure to experience a few real-life movie moments, these high expectations can muddle your perception of the reality that awaits you. So before you start planning, make sure you’ve considered these 5 disadvantages of studying abroad:... Read More