What to Know Before You Go—Study Abroad
You are about to begin one of the most exciting adventures of your life—studying abroad! What do you need to take care of before you leave the United States? What should you expect when you’re traveling? When you arrive in your country? International Programs and Services helps prepare you for life abroad during two required Pre-Departure sessions that equip you with the knowledge you need.
Learn how to obtain a passport and visa, how to book an international airline ticket, and be directed to resources to get the most out of your trip. Study abroad alumni share insights and tips. And we review these vital documents:
- Study Abroad Checklist—Countdown list from three months out
- FAQs for parents/guardians
- International Student Identification Card (ISIC)
Apply for your ISIC here. The ISIC is an alternative form of identification that has business discounts as well as varying levels of travel and medical insurance. There are three types of coverage that are valid for one year: Basic, Premium, and Explorer.
Adjusting to the culture of your host country and different academic styles can be tricky. Find out how to deal with both in this session, along with health and safety need-to-knows and basic trip prep, including what to pack. Material we’ll cover includes: