Villanova Library Resources

Current Events

Before you pick your program or pack your bags, learn a little more about the country and culture where you are planning to live for the next few months!

A great way to learn about what is going on in the country or region in which you will be studying.

  • Villanova's World News Link - Suggested online news resources for popular study abroad locations
  • Online Newspapers - Find current news from almost any country!
  • The Economist - Provides great city and country guides with advice on everything from tipping to the location of the nearest U.S. embassy. Some articles are premium content for subscribers, but most information will be free of charge. If a particular article title sparks your interest but is listed as premium content, you can search Falvey Library's online journal database for access to the article.

Culture Resources

  • Country Insights - From the Centre for Intercultural Learning in Canada, this website provides a great cultural overview of almost any country. The site covers everything from conversation styles, to food preparation, to national heroes.
  • Global Gateway - World Culture and Resources from the Library of Congress

Country Specific Resources

  • The Economist - Includes country specific economic forecasts, statistics and links to current events.
  • The Library of Congress, Country Studies - Great guide to many countries that are not represented in the Economist information. This collection was originally established by the U.S. Army to focus on lesser studied areas of the world. It will provide a solid historical background for most countries, but will not be as strong in current event information.
  • U.S. Department of State Background Notes - Includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of all the countries in the world with which the U.S. maintains relationships.
  • CIA World Fact Book -Provides maps and a plethora of information for countries and regions of the world.

Student Perspectives

  • Glimpse Abroad Magazine - Collection of essays and articles written by travelers and former study abroad students. The material is organized by both country and topic so you can browse through by interests. Offers unique and personal insight into many aspects of overseas culture. Also provides opportunities for you to share your own abroad experiences with others.
  • Transitions Abroad Magazine - Information on living, studying, and working abroad.

Economic Information

iPods Abroad

  • Lonely Planet - This is not your mother's guidebook! Log on to download travelcasts that detail must see local haunts from Dublin to Bali to Bolivia.
  • Ipod Traveller - Focuses on travel in Europe hosted by two funky Brits, Nick and Opal. They'll lead you through train travel, cheap flights, and the best spots to see during your breaks from class.
  • Subway Maps - Features the subway maps of over 20 cities in the U.S. and abroad. Easy navigation at your fingertips!
  • iJourneys - Walking tours of Paris, Rome, Florence and more!

Suggested Reading

Study Abroad Survey

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