1. Obtaining necessary visas and passports.
It can be a complicated process depending on the country of origin and the destination country. It is important to research both countries' requirements regarding visa application fees, processing times, and documentation submission. Depending on the scenario, it may also be necessary to obtain additional visas or vaccinations before traveling abroad.
2. Researching host family or organization contacts.
It is important to research organizations and/or families who are willing to provide accommodation for the duration of the student’s stay abroad. It may be necessary to contact schools, universities, or other organizations in order to obtain relevant contact information. In some cases, it may also help to have a good understanding of the local culture and customs in order to facilitate better communication with host families or organizations.
3. Arranging health insurance coverage.
When studying abroad, it is essential that adequate health insurance is obtained in case of emergency and illness during one’s stay. Many countries require foreign students to obtain special health insurance, so researching these requirements ahead of time is essential.
4. Researching and arranging to receive required vaccinations.
It is important to research which vaccines are mandatory in the destination country before arriving. Depending on the country, certain vaccines may be necessary and can take several weeks or months to obtain, so it is wise to start this process early on in the study abroad planning process.
5. Preparing a budget with currency exchange rates taken into account.
When studying abroad, it is important to have an idea of how much money one will need for their stay and take into consideration any fluctuating currency exchange rates that may impact spending power during their trip abroad. It is also helpful to consider additional costs such as transportation and activity fees associated with day trips or other outings that may be planned while abroad.
6. Having on hand information regarding transportation costs and fees associated with activities abroad.
From researching the cost of public transportation to renting a car or booking a flight, it is important to know what the local transportation options are and how much they will cost. It is also important to research any entrance fees associated with activities one plans on participating in while overseas, so that budgeting can be properly taken into account when making these arrangements.
7. Familiarizing oneself with common phrases in the language spoken by the locals of one’s destination country.
Before embarking on a study abroad adventure, it may help to learn some basic phrases in the language of the nation being visited. This can both help with communication and also show respect for the local culture.
8. Pre-researching cultural customs before arriving at one's destination.
It is important to research any potential cultural faux pas that could occur during a stay in another country. Being aware of traditional dress codes, dining etiquette, religious practices, or even general behavior can help avoid any uncomfortable situations while abroad.
9. Making sure wardrobe is appropriate for climate as well as culture of region visited.
When packing for a study abroad program, it is important to take into consideration the weather and local customs associated with clothing selection. Ensure that all clothes packed are suitable according to the climate and customs of the destination country.
10. Pack all necessary items such as documents that may be needed in case of emergency.
Before embarking on a study abroad program, it is important to make sure that all necessary documents are packed. These can include an original passport, visa documents, medical records, and other important papers should the unexpected occur during one’s stay overseas. It may also be beneficial to have contact information for local hospitals or other resources in case of emergency.