21 Things Students Should Do Before Studying Abroad

Studying abroad can be a vital part of a well-rounded education. There are some obvious things you’ll need to be aware of before you go, but you should be ready for more than just a language and culture barrier. With proper preparation, your study abroad can be one of the best experiences of your life.

Study Abroad Checklist

  1. Find out if your credits will transfer to your university.
  2. Talk to students who have studied abroad.
  3. Find ways to finance your trip.
  4. Make sure you have all necessary travel documents.
  5. Get a physical.( you should visit your doctor and make sure you’re in good health)
  6. Get insurance.
  7. Search out local connections.
  8. Make sure you’re aware of social customs.
  9. Register to vote.
  10. Decide what you want to see and do.
  11. Find a bank, Open an account as soon as possible and deposit all money.(Just keep some money with you and deposit all, so no one can get from you)
  12. Make sure your credit card doesn’t come with any crazy international fees.
  13. Download some useful travel apps
  14. Know what to do in case of an emergency.
  15. Know how to find the embassy.
  16. Know the law and stick to it.
  17. Learn about food and drink safety.
  18. Research local religion.
  19. Write down emergency numbers.
  20. Pack smart.
  21. Prepare to stay in touch with your friends and family.

Know that you can’t plan for everything. (It’s a good idea to arm yourself with as much knowledge as you can prior to your departure)

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