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Preparing to Go Abroad

You’re getting ready to go!

But there are a few more steps, and a few more things to consider. The Pulliam Center for International Education holds a pre-departure information session each semester for students going abroad. You will be notified of the date by email (usually near the end of the semester). 

The following items will help prepare you further for your journey:

Enrollment Forms

  • Complete all of your assigned Enrollment forms in your online account.
  • Remember that you can access these forms before and after you depart.
Budgeting

Students are responsible for all costs outside of the items that are included as a part of their course, so students may want to visit other museums, cultural sites, or plan other activities in non-class time. These costs, along with evenings out with friends, can add up quickly! Study abroad recommends that students create a daily budget and stick within these boundaries. It will help you if you will be traveling for some time and have to continue to purchase food and other things. Prices will vary around the world as well, so remember that the cost of things in Charlotte is not the same as the cost in London or Beijing! Have a look at a travel guide before you leave to get a good sense of the costs in other parts of the world.

Students must always consider that programs have a cost- even if the study abroad office does not charge a supplement. Students should consider things like:
  • How many meals per day am I provided?
  • How much money will I need for my free time?
  • How many souvenirs will I buy?
  • Are there extra things that I would like to do abroad that will cost money?
  • Do I want to stay after the trip has finished and continue to travel?
Learn more about your Host Country
  • Basic Facts (location, size, history, language, religion, cultural values, etc.)
  • Current Events (economic, political, social movements, athletics and entertainment, etc.)
  • Tourist Information (important things to see and do, weather, transportation systems)
  • Health and Safety (U.S. State Dept. Information, CDC, etc.)
Packing

Many students also like to have a new camera, need some new gear or need to buy travel items before they leave. All of these can add up quickly too! Make a packing list and remember that less is generally more. Check the local weather so you know how you can be prepared with the right clothing and remember that in some places in the world you will need to show respect by wearing long sleeves, long pants, and sometimes covering your head. Plan ahead so that you won’t miss out on any experiences by being unprepared.
  • Try not to over pack!! 
  • You can find American and American-style products in most countries throughout the world, so it isn't necessary to take everything you think you might need to live for the entire term abroad.
  • Make sure that you take prescription medications in their original bottles with original labels and take extra copy of the written prescription from your physician. Some prescription medications allowed in the USA are not legal in some other countries. Thus, it's important that you ask your physician to check and see if your specific medication is legal and refillable in your host country.
  • Extra baggage and too-heavy luggage can add very expensive costs to you at the airport (and not allowed on some airlines). Be sure you know the luggage requirements for the airline(s) you will be traveling with.
Airport Departure
  • Check your flight status before leaving home to see if you can tell if your flight is delayed or canceled.
  • ARRIVE EARLY! Processing for International flights takes longer than domestic flights. Especially if you are a first-time traveler, you will need extra time to navigate the airport check-in process and getting to your gate. Most airlines recommend that international travelers arrive at least three hours prior to boarding.
  • Carry the contact information for the person expected to meet you at the airport at your destination, and take it in your carry-on luggage. In case your flight is delayed or cancelled you should contact the arrival staff.
  • DO NOT FORGET YOUR PASSPORT!!!

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