Before You Go
Talk with your study abroad advisor, global education office, program provider, or your teacher about the possibility of going abroad.
Find out what documents are needed, how this will fit into your academic plan, and what the deadlines are.
Get your documents together — oftentimes this means an essay, letters of recommendation, and getting your passport. (if you already have one, check the expiration date!)
See if you need a special visa to study, and if so — apply!
Find out what your housing options are and what accommodations you need to make.
Learn about your new country including the dress, food, eating customs, tipping, transportation, and learn some phrases in the local language.
Get any immunizations before you go, check the WHO
to see what is recommended.
Be sure you have transportation plans from the airport to your new place ahead of arrival.
Get settled into your new home, spend time with roommates, and be sure to check in with family.
Explore your new neighborhood and be sure to get advice from your school or program on the best places to go (and if there are any places you should avoid).
Go to as many events your school or program is hosting so that you can meet new people and get accustomed to your new home.
Get involved in a local club, sporting event, or organization that you enjoyed back home. This may include doing things you may not have done before. Some examples include hiking, playing chess, volunteering, etc.
Recognize that there is a thing called culture shock
, and it may not happen in the first few weeks of arrival. Be sure to talk to friends and family members to stay in touch!
Find time to balance studying with maintaining a healthy life balance. Include exercise into your routine to keep a healthy body!
Create a budget — especially if you are studying in a country where the prices add up fast. Doing this from the beginning may mean your money goes further.