“If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the
people, you might better stay at home.”
James A. Michener

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.

STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.

STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program


University of Central Arkansas

Download the UCA Study Abroad Handbook by clicking the link below.

Student Handbook Study Abroad

What information will I find in the Study Abroad Handbook?

Contact Information
Programs and Eligibility
Passports and Visas
International Student Identity Card & Insurance Coverage
Registering with the Embassy
Learning about Your Host Country
Budgeting and Finances While Abroad
Packing and Luggage
Travel Tips
Customs Declarations
Communicating Home
International Cell Phone Options
Basic Health & Medical
Attendance and Discipline
Drugs Abroad
Safety & Security
Rooming Policy
Course Enrollment
Cancellation Policy
Post Program Activities



Packing Checklist
Travel Budget and Expenses Log


Official U.S. Resources for Travel Abroad:


U.S. State Department

Locate a U.S. embassy anywhere in the world, report a lost or stolen passport, travel warnings and advisories, emergencies aboard, traveling tips, how to register with the local consulate, etc.

Embassy Services

Passport Services

Safety Tips

Foreign Embassies

Center for Disease Control

Info on diseases, water, and food conditions in specific regions. Also tips for avoiding traveler’s sickness

Out of Country Dialing Codes Instructions for dialing from abroad.

International Phone Cards


Official U.S. Resources for Travel Abroad

This is a list of essential help from the U.S. government, for everything from travel safety advisories to crisis assistance for U.S. citizens abroad, as well as contact information for all U.S. embassies and consulates abroad. It also lists foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. Frequently-consulted parts of this very comprehensive Web site include the following: (Source:




ISIC Cards/EURAIL Passes

Travel, Language/Cultural Information

International News

Internet Café Directory


Airline/Train Tickets