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UVM Study Abroad Pre-Departure Guidebook

Section 1 Before You Go:

Calling Home

Calling Cards:

  • In order to call home from abroad, you may want to consider obtaining an international calling card. Most major U.S. long-distance carriers can now be accessed from most countries. There is an access number for each service that varies by country.
  • For information on any of the calling cards, contact your long-distance carrier or your local phone company before you go abroad.
  • Research the web and in the travel sections of major newspapers for more information.

Cell phones:

  • Purchasing a cell phone abroad is the most convenient way to keep in touch with friends and family. Most foreign providers offer phones at reasonable prices with varying plans and packages.
  • Buying one that takes a rechargeable minute’s card will help keep your expenses down.
  • Look into purchasing a SIM card abroad. It’s a small chip that allows your U.S. cell phone to connect with a local wireless carrier in the country you are visiting.


  • Services such as Skype (and other voice over internet protocol services) can be used to call home where a reliable internet connection is available.
    • For more information, visit:
    • If you are considering this option, it is cheapest to set up your account in the U.S., before going abroad, in the city to which you plan to make the most calls.

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