When preparing to study abroad there are many considerations to bear in mind. What kind of backpack to bring, making sure room and board is covered, and making sure to bring the right type of clothing for the season. However, while all of these definitely important, there are some absolutely essential tasks to consider before heading overseas.
While many countries advise keeping the original passport on hand, many do not feel safe carrying it as risk of theft or loss increases during holiday. Consider keeping a clear scanned copy of the passport on a smartphone or flashdrive for quick access if authorities or institutions need to view it for any identification purposes. Be warned, official institutions such as banks are unlikely to accept a scanned copy of an official document however for everyday use a scan should suffice.
Visit a physician, inform them of the intent of studying abroad, and get any prescriptions filled with an emergency ration along with a copy of the prescription. Certain drugs that are legal in the United States are not legal in other countries, so be aware and check the centers for disease control for a list of prohibited medicines.
Without the risk of sounding juvenile, but related to health and well-being, consider a buddy system. When traveling to another country one loses all their support systems. While at home, family or friends may find it suspicious when communications has been lost for a few days and can immediately check in. While visiting a foreign land, the prospects aren’t so great. Family and friends expect delays or loss of communication as their loved ones explore the surroundings with a new group of friends and constituents. As grim as it sounds, checking in with a local on a regular basis and leaving a rough itinerary on facebook may help keep track of a travelers movements. In the off-chance there is an accident, or perhaps it’s a matter of getting lost in an unfamiliar area, someone will be able to figure your location.
Sign up for an International Student ID Card (ISIC), membership will only cost $22 but can potentially save hundreds of dollars in participating retailers around the world. The card offers commission free airport currency conversion and potential discounts at museums, restaurants, sightseeing tours, movies and more.
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