Student Travel

 

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Figure out which type of program aligns with your study abroad dream and use the resources below to make it happen!

  • Study Abroad: Blend coursework and extracurricular activities (and maybe get academic credit!). Summer, semester, and year-long options are available.

  • Volunteer Abroad: Engage in community projects and live amongst locals or in group lodging. These opportunities are typically available in the summer.

  • Language Immersion: Take courses and extracurriculars structured toward the development of a second language. Summer, semester, and year-long options are available.

  • Cultural Immersion: Travel several destinations in a few short weeks, focusing on adventure and exploration. These programs are typically offered during summer break.
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This pre-travel checklist will help alleviate the stress of planning for your student venture abroad!

  • Acquire Passport and Visa: Apply for your passport and visa several months in advance to ensure you receive them in time for your trip.

  • Visit Your Doctor: Be sure to get the required immunizations for your destination— and copies of your latest medical records!

  • Get Study Abroad Insurance: An international student health plan can provide access to quality medical care and financial help while you're abroad.

  • Set Up Housing: If housing isn't provided for you, consider options like homestays and sublets.

  • Create a Budget: Figure out what your program costs don't cover, check the exchange rate, and create a budget.

  • Pack: Consider voltage conversions, luggage weight restrictions, and climate. And be sure to check out this ultimate study abroad packing list!

 

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International → United States

F-1 Visa

For individuals entering the U.S. to attend an academic institution.

  • Step One: Apply to a school affiliated with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

  • Step Two: Fill out the necessary paperwork—and interview with your embassy or consulate to obtain your visa!
J-1 Visa

For individuals participating in work or study-based exchange programs.

  • Step One: Apply for a J-1 visa program by contacting a program sponsor.
United States → International

  • Step One: Apply and enroll in your chosen study abroad program.

  • Step Two: Contact your destination's consulate for your visa application form!

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Because studying abroad is so expensive, there are tons of sources of financial aid available to you. Here are just a few of your options:

  • Financial Aid: Check with your program to determine whether need-based financial aid and scholarships are available. If you have an existing financial aid package, check with your school to see if it can be transferred to a pre-approved study abroad program.

  • Scholarships: You can also apply for private scholarships, which are often based on need, merit, or demographics. Start applying as soon as possible to meet early deadlines.

  • Student Loans: Private student loans are available for study abroad students, but beware of high loan repayment rates.

  • Part-Time Work: Look into teaching assistantships and other work-study programs that will allow you to earn money while you study. Sites like jobs.goabroad.com can help you find updated job postings in your host city!

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Alleviate potential disadvantages of study abroad with the following tips:

Disadvantage #1: Cultural Barriers

  • Research cultural norms before you go
  • Join chat forums to ask questions about your destination
  • Download language and navigation apps

Disadvantage #2: Loneliness

  • Use the class roster to reach out to students in your classes
  • Join a club or volunteer organization
  • Use apps like Viber to stay in touch

Disadvantage #3: Non-Transferable Credits

  • Get your study abroad credits approved before you leave
  • Get twice as many courses pre-approved as you plan to enroll in
  • Keep records of classes and work

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When studying abroad in an unfamiliar country, your safety should be a top priority.

Use the buddy system, stay aware of your surroundings, and follow these additional safety tips:

  • Research the culture, laws, and healthcare system in your host country before you go.

  • Register for the U.S. State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) for travel warnings and safety alerts regarding your destination.

  • Beware of pickpockets. Keep bags zipped and in your lap on public transportation. Keep valuables in special compartments and have backups of important documentation.

  • Determine whether your domestic health plan offers sufficient (or any) coverage abroad. If it doesn't, consider an international student health policy to provide you with medical benefits and travel assistance services.

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