Practical Information

Here’s a checklist of things to consider while planning your study-abroad experience. 

  • Decide on your program.
  • Obtain or renew a passport.
  • Determine the visa requirements for your host country (the Center for International Education/Study Abroad Office can provide this information).
  • Get an International Student Identification Card (ISIC) from the Center for International Education/Study Abroad Office.
  • Learn as much as you can about your host country.
  • Apply for a credit card and debit card that can be used abroad or check with your current company to notify them of your travel plans.
  • Choose classes and meet with your academic advisor or departmental office about substitution of classes.
  • Fill out a Substitution Form for each course you plan to take abroad to transfer back to Truman for course credit.
  • Talk to your advisor about registration for the semester after you return.
  • Resident requirement: If eligible, prior to departure from the U.S., a student may apply for graduation to occur in the semester following his or her return to Truman State University.  (Due to the delay in receiving grades, it is typically not possible to graduate in the semester concurrent with a study-abroad program.) Studying abroad in a student’s last semester does not require a waiver or special permission to be off-campus.
  • Arrange for housing abroad. The Study Abroad Office will help you with this.
  • Visit the Residential Life Office before you leave if you plan to live on campus the semester after you study abroad.
  • Make arrangements with your landlord and roommates before you leave if you are living off campus.
  • Check with the Financial Aid Office if you need financial assistance.
  • Check with your doctor and the Center for Disease Control ( for possible health concerns in your host country and to determine if you need inoculations.
  • Update your email address and permanent mailing address with the Center for International Education/Study Abroad.
  • Buy plane tickets to your host country and back to the U.S.
  • We recommend that all students enroll in the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) before they go abroad. By enrolling in this system, the U.S. Embassy is able to keep you updated with important safety and security announcements.
  • If you are living with a family in your host country, contact them before you leave.
  • PACK!

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