Pre-Departure

Now that you have applied to your Study Abroad program of choice, you have several other things to consider to get ready for departure day! Below you will find a checklist and resources to make preparation for study abroad a little bit easier.

6-9 Months Ahead
Arrange for financial aid and/or scholarships.
Apply for or renew your passport.  
Check on visa requirements for your host country.   
Make sure you maintain required G.P.A. and eligible status. 
3-6 Months Ahead
Get course selections approved.
Make flight arrangements to your host country. Purchase travel insurance. Click here for a good resource to get more information. You may wish to wait until you have your visa.  
Talk with your physician about medical issues (CDC recommendations for immunizations, prescriptions, mental health, etc.).
Confirm that you have submitted all necessary enrollment forms and program documentation. 
Confirm that your financial aid will be disbursed appropriately.
Look up local news online for the country you will be studying in.
1-2 Months Ahead
Notify your current housing of when you will be leaving and confirm where you will live when you return to campus after studying abroad.
Attend pre-departure orientation.  
Make sure you have a suggested packing list for your program, including culturally appropriate clothing and household items you may need.   
Look up local news online for the country you will be studying in. 
Make sure you have a credit card and debit card which can be utilized overseas, contact your financial institutions and inform them that you will be out of the country for an extended time.
Learn about cultural transition adjustment.
Fill out a change of address form and have current mail forwarded to permanent address in the U.S.
Fill out absentee voter registration.
Refill prescriptions and purchase any over-the-counter health and hygiene products that may not be available in your host country (check with your program to make sure they are legal).
Obtain written authorization from your physician for any prescriptions, and refills for prescribed medications.
Explore options/costs for using phone service to and from your host country.
Register your travel plans with the U.S. State Department.
1 Week Ahead
Make several photocopies of all important documents (passport, credit and debit cards, travel itineraries), tickets, and travel passes (leave one copy with responsible family member and pack one copy for yourself separate from your carry-on items).
Prepare a small travel file to hold your important documents: passport, plane ticket, insurance, emergency contact numbers, name and phone number of program coordinator, and address of school or living arrangements.  
Make sure you know your airline luggage and carry-on restrictions.   
After packing, walk in and out of the house three times with all your luggage to make sure you can handle your luggage on your own (if you cannot- you have packed too much). 
Re-confirm airline and arrival transportation arrangements.
Compile a list of emergency, program and friend contacts  (phone numbers, email, and mailing addresses).
Check the local weather of your host city to make sure you dress appropriate for the weather.
Look up local news online for your host country.
Departure Day
Make sure you have appropriately sized carry-on items, void of liquids and prohibited carry-on items.
Carry on necessities: passport, airline ticket/eticket confirmation, emergency contact information, address and phone number for destination, prescription medication, one change of clothes, toothbrush/travel toothpaste, credit card, at least $200 in cash (of host country).  
Arrive at the airport at least TWO HOURS before your scheduled departure time.