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Before Leaving Campus

Look over the following lists of essential things to do.

Read and pack before going abroad.


Safety & Travel Preparations

  • Assess Health Condition
  • Immunizations & Inoculations
  • Review your health insurance policy
  • Consider purchasing ISIC card
  • Travel warnings
  • Crime reports
  • Review homeowner’s insurance
  • Understand student visa regulations
  • Understand travel visa regulations
  • Passport requirements
  • Local address of embassy/consulate
  • Monitor local newspapers
  • Monitor American newspapers
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary with a parent
  • Set a designated time to contact home
  • Know the time difference
  • Know the currency exchange
  • Know the seasonal weather
  • Vote - absentee ballot
  • Taxes

Packing Checklist

  • Luggage limits
  • Seasonal clothing
  • Toiletries
  • Linens & towels
  • Prescription medication
  • Document health issues
  • First aid kit
  • Translated list of allergies
  • Extra pair of eyeglasses
  • Photocopies of documents
  • Passport
  • College ID
  • Insurance card
  • Roundtrip airlines ticket
  • Multiple forms of money
  • Money belt
  • Emergency contact information
  • Travel agency contact information
  • Addresses of friends & family
  • Gifts for host family

Campus Errands

  • Housing lottery
  • Forward mail
  • Change of address form
  • Sign-Off on power of attorney
  • Complete all financial aid contracts
  • Document learning disabilities
  • Course approval forms
  • Course registration form
  • Contact info for academic advisor
  • Contact info for program advisor (abroad)
  • Check the limit on your credit card
  • Return library books
  • Pay parking fines
  • Yearbook photos for seniors


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