Most programs have forms to complete and return, such as up-front housing
deposits that must be paid to secure accommodations. Once you receive your official
program acceptance letter and packet of information, look it over to make sure you
don't miss anything.
Organize your finances.
If you are eligible for FINANCIAL AID, make sure all your paperwork has been signed, arrangements for direct deposit have been made, etc. Loan notes must be signed before you leave and they will be sent to your home address. You may also want to sign a POWER OF ATTORNEY in case your parents need to sign a check for you.
Clear all holds on your ISU account.
If you don’t do this, you will not be able to register for the following semester while you’re abroad.
Plan a budget.
A good financial plan will save a lot of headache later. Also, bring several different forms of payment on your trip. Talk with your parents about money and do some research on your specific situation.
Contact Donna Fagg in Residential Life.
Only if you need to reserve a room for when you return to ISU.
Check your ISU email often.
This is the best and easiest way to keep informed as messages are sent regularly to all students going abroad. Also, be sure to check your ISU email for messages about registration, financial aid, bills, etc...
Update your immunizations.
Different countries require different immunizations. It is your responsibility to find out which immunizations are required. Check out the CDC for more information.
Talk with your physician.
This is important regarding any medications that you take regularly. It is often possible to get a supply to last the entire time you are away. Your doctor should make a list of the prescriptions you are taking with you and may also need to provide the generic name for the medications you are taking.
Read as much as possible about your host country (climate, customs, rules and regulations, currency relative to the dollar).
COPY, COPY, COPY!
Make two copies of the following: your passport, credit cards, ATM cards, any special visa papers, airplane tickets, and any other important documents. Take a copy with you, store one in a safe place, and leave one at home.
Provide your family with contact information.
Be sure to give the office’s email address (ISU-StudyAbroad@mail.indstate.edu) and phone number to your parents. If they have any questions while you are away, direct them to the ISU Study Abroad Office. Also, give them the address and emergency contact information of your host housing and host coordinator. The local U.S. Embassy is also a good number to have.
Attend the MANDATORY pre-departure orientation.
This is held during finals week. You must attend, but parents/guardians are also welcome. The date and time will be announced in advance.