RECOMMENDATION: Because checked bags may be lost/delayed, be sure to pack a few changes of clothes in your carry-on luggage. If your luggage is delayed, you will have enough clothing to last while you wait for your bags to arrive.

As you prepare for departure, please keep the following in mind:

Packing Reminders

  • Please view the Packing Checklist for an overview.
  • Check with your airline on the number of checked bags permitted, including weight limit
  • Check with your airline for personal item and carry-on luggage restrictions (number of items, weight)

Important Documents

  • Verify your passport is valid for up to three months after return from term abroad
  • Make two photocopies of all important documents (passport, front and back of debit/credit cards, visa), take one copy with you in your carry-on luggage and leave one at home in the US


  • Remit payment in-full for your study abroad program (due 10 days prior to program start date— see General Study Abroad Information
  • Call bank and credit card companies to inform them of your travel itinerary (dates, location)
  • Exchange at least $200USD into local currency so you have this on-hand upon arrival to international site


  • Communicate with your wellness provider before departure so they can give you recommendations for staying well abroad
  • If you take medication to manage a condition, design a plan to ensure you stay on track with medication
  • Make sure to bring enough medication for your entire trip
  • Bring copies of all prescriptions


  • If you plan to bring your US cell phone abroad, contact your wireless provider to confirm international rates
  • Evaluate whether or not you would like to purchase insurance on your US cell phone
  • It is recommended that students (in addition to their US cell phone) purchase an inexpensive phone upon arrival to the international site— these phones are often pay-as-you-go and are the most affordable wireless communication option

The following are affordable ways to keep in touch with family and friends while abroad:

  • Google Voice Free to call computer to computer, very cheap calls from computer to phones
  • Skype Free to call computer to computer, very cheap calls from computer to phones
  • Viber Free texting using wifi
  • WhatsApp Free texting using wifi


The following are useful apps while abroad:

The following are useful sites/blogs:


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