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By this point you may have researched a destination, picked a program, met with your advisor, applied and been accepted...great, now what? Here are a few items you should be thinking about at this point.
After you’ve been accepted, you’ll want to act quickly on
buying your flights since they get more expensive as the days go by. In your
acceptance package you should have received information about new student
orientation or welcome week. Check with those dates to figure out the best time
and date to arrive in your new country.
Make sure your passport is up-to-date. Renewing a passport, or
ordering one for the first time can take about eight weeks. So make sure this
is one of the first things you check off your list! Check out more information on passports from the Department of State.
You may a student visa to study abroad. Visas are official
documents issued by a country that allow you to travel abroad for a specific
period of time. Each country’s visa has a different application and you will
have to work with the embassy of the country you wish to visit to find out the
details. Here is a list of counties and visa requirements.(Just find a country and then click on Entry/Exit Requirements)
If you’re planning on traveling while abroad or staying
culturally up-to-date, which (hint) you should, then you should definitely
invest in a discount card. This card can also serve as identification. Check
out the ISIC (International Student
Identity Card) or the ISE Card
(International Student Exchange Card).
Sort out your housing as early as possible! If you want to
live in a home stay, apartment, or dorm on campus you will need to fill out a
few more forms. Your acceptance letter and package should include information
to help with this process. Start to weigh the benefits of living in different
housing situations early on – chat with your friends to see what their thoughts
on this are.
It is possible to acquire short-term medical insurance for
travel which will include flight, luggage, and trip cancellation insurance.
There are many different types of international travel insurance plans to cover
If you have any prescriptions, have a conversation with your
doctor before you head abroad about ordering multiple months of your
prescription in advance. It’s a great idea to refill any prescriptions now that
might run out while you are abroad – dealing with international health care and
doctors can get complicated.
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