Buying a ticket through a travel agency will provide you with more personal assistance and help in case of date changes. Travel agents are often very knowledgeable about discounts and can help you plan the best route for your travels.
Corvallis Travel Agents:
Teel's Travel Planners
728 NW Kings Blvd., Corvallis OR 97330
1545 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR 97330
Student travel agencies often have good discounts for students. You may need to provide proof that you are a student or have an International Student Identification Card.
When purchasing a ticket, make sure to read fine print, such as changing fees and the cancellation policy. If you plan on traveling after your program ends, you may need to buy an open-ended ticket, or plan on paying a fee to change the return date.
A travel partner might make the transition into another country easier. Ask your adviser how you can contact other students in your program to travel with.