Plan for Travel

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Before departure student must make the following preparations.

Obtain passport and visa

  • Start the process of obtaining passport and visa early.

Book a flight

  • Once the student has been accepted by the host university/affiliated program, he/she can then proceed to booking a flight as soon as possible to get a cheaper fare!
  • Student must be sure to notify host university/affiliated program about his/her flight information.
  • Make sure to arrive in-country during recommended orientation period.
  • Optional: Ask family members or friends about buddy passes as an option to find reduced fares.

Make financial arrangments

  • Student must make sure to inform his/her bank(s) about travel arrangments and duration of stay abroad to ensure the bank does not freeze account.
  • Student must have some foreign currency before departure.

Consider health and safety issues

  • Student should prepare for a healthy and safe experience by educating his/herself before departing.
  • Students should assess and communicate their specific health requirements to the Center for Global Educational Exchange so that an early determination can be made about the suitability of a particular study abroad program and what accommodations will be necessary.
  • The Center for Disease Control (CDC) website identifies vaccinations that are recommended for travel to different regions of the world.
  • To have the most benefit, students are recommended to see a health-care provider at least 4-6 weeks before the trip to allow time for the vaccines to take effect. Even if departure date is less than 4 weeks, student should still see a health-care provider for needed vaccines, immunizations and other medications, precautionary methods, and other health issues to consider.