Study Away

Money Matters

Credit/Debit Cards

  • Make sure card is Visa or Mastercard
  • Online banking makes money managing easier
  • Notify your bank that you will be using your cards abroad
  • Make sure you have a four digit pin number
  • Leave copies of card contact and account information with parents in case lost or stolen
  • Check into fees for international use


  • Set a budget for traveling
  • Examine your spending habits and budget accordingly


  • Spain, Ireland, France, Germany and Italy: Euro
  • England: Pound
  • Japan: Yen
  • Costa Rica: Colones

Links to exchange rates: