Study Abroad can be an incredibly enriching experience if properly planned for. The Study Abroad Checklist below serves as an invaluable guide that covers everything from selecting a destination and filling out necessary paperwork to choosing appropriate luggage, studying language courses and staying safe abroad.
Begin planning as soon as possible for your trip, particularly if you are a student. This should include making sure to obtain the required visa, applying for scholarships or financial aid, securing housing and travel plans, researching their destination country or region in terms of customs, weather patterns and practical details – this will reduce culture shock and make their transition easier.
Choose a program length that best meets both your academic and personal goals. When making this decision, take into account both short-term and long-term programs’ advantages and disadvantages as well as any impacts of country or region on what courses will be taken by studying abroad. Consult with your professors beforehand to make sure that chosen location provides access to necessary course material related to major.
Apply for any scholarships or financial aid/loans needed to cover part of your studying abroad experience as soon as possible; most scholarships have application deadlines. Speak with a guidance counselor at your college about available scholarships; search the internet for ones specifically catering to those interested in studying abroad.
Talk with your cellular service provider about calling and data options while traveling internationally, as well as purchasing an international calling card that offers discounts for products like public transportation and travel insurance. An International Student Identity Card may also prove valuable – this tool could save money when traveling internationally!
Begin packing several weeks prior to departure, making sure that all essential items for study abroad adventures, including clothing, electronics and toiletries, are included in your suitcase. Roll rather than fold clothing when packing to save space and avoid wrinkles; packing cubes and organizers are also helpful ways of organizing items in your suitcase.
Be sure to purchase a comprehensive health and travel insurance policy prior to leaving home, for peace of mind. Also, it would be wise to obtain your passport early as some countries require one for entry.
Assemble all necessary documentation and information before leaving home. This includes medical records, passport copies and any necessary forms that need to be filled out for your program. Furthermore, save a copy of your financial aid award letter in your online student account and attend any pre-departure orientations organized through the Learning Abroad Center.