Student Travel

Good to know

You’re going to be living in the U.S. for several months, hopefully having an awesome experience and learning about a new culture. But in some ways, life may be very different from your home country. It’s important that you know about laws, safety, and health care in the U.S. Explore this section for information on staying safe and healthy throughout your program.

And remember, if you have any problems or questions while you are in the U.S., you can always contact Student Travel and CIEE. We’re here to help you, and we even have staff available during regular business hours who can speak your native language. Give us a call, let us know how you’re doing.


In recent years, CIEE has seen an increase in the number of program participants involved in serious automobile accidents while in the U.S., some of which have resulted in participant fatalities. In many of these cases, serious injury or even death could have been avoided if participants had made the simple choice to wear seatbelts. Please review the information below before making the decision to drive.

CIEE recommends that you use public transportation such as buses, trains, and airplanes when possible. In the event that public transportation is not available and you choose to rent a vehicle, you MUST obtain the proper auto insurance that covers medical and liability requirements in your state. CIEE recommends purchasing above the minimum requirements for both medical and liability. Though it is more expensive, the coverage is necessary if you are involved in an accident. Some car rental companies also require an international permit in addition to your international driver’s license. Most car rental agencies will not rent an automobile to persons under 25 years of age.

If you choose to rent a vehicle, you should know the following:

  • Motorcycles/mopeds and recreational vehicles are NOT covered on your CIEE Insurance plan
  • CIEE insurance is NOT Auto Insurance
  • Each state has unique minimum insurance requirements and it is your responsibility to know them and to ensure you meet them.
  • You must have a valid license

Basic Safety Tips for Driving in the U.S.:

  • Always wear your seatbelt—it is the law
  • Follow the rules and speed limits posted on the road
  • Do not drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Do not drive when you are tired
  • Do not use your cell phone while driving; it is against the law in many states