Information on obtaining and renewing passport is available on the U.S. Department of State website. The closest facility to process your passport application (including taking passport photographs) is located at the United States Post Office in the Charlestown Shopping Center, 23 Austin Street, Charlestown, MA 02129. Visit http://travel.state.gov/passport/passport_1738.html
This website is a resource from the U.S. Department of State for students going abroad. It provides students with wealth of information on travel related issues. You may sign up for a travel alert and warning e-mail. Visit http://www.studentsabroad.state.gov/
Center for Disease Control and Prevention should be your online source for the reliable health information. Visit http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/ to check if you require a vaccination or if there are any health concerns you should be aware of.
Leaving your familiar surroundings may add stress to your daily routine. If you have been treated for certain conditions (i.e. depression, anxiety disorder, etc.) please check with your health care provider and confirm that the study abroad experience is right for you. Visit http://studentsabroad.state.gov/health/mentalhealth.php
Use www.xe.com to check the conversion rate from USD into the currency at the destination.
Guidebooks are an excellent resource to learn about the best the country has to offer before you reach the destination.
Visit one of them:
Take with you the address and contact information for the nearest U.S. Embassy in your destination country. Visit the U.S. Embassy main website to find embassy locations worldwide.
You can register with a U.S. Embassy abroad, where you provide contact information and other details, in cases of emergency.