Below is 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.
- Arrange for housing abroad. The Study Abroad Office will help you with this.
- Visit the Residential Living 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 (www.cdc.gov) 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.
- If you are living with a family in your host country, contact them before you leave.
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