Leaving home and traveling to the U.S. for future studies is a major transition for international students. The journey to one’s study destination which is, otherwise, considered to be very difficult can be made smooth by making right preparations for the same.
If you’re one of the U.S. bound international students, the 5 key tasks that you must complete before you embark on your journey to continue your studies abroad are as follows:
1. Pay undivided attention to E-mails
The schools and colleges use emails to communicate with students about everything important. It is, therefore, important you always keep track of messages that are coming from your school and make sure you read each one of them with complete attention.
Besides communicating important information via emails, the schools may even use e-mails to notify you of ways using which you can connect with your future classmates or how you may commute from airport to university.
2. Attend a pre-departure orientation
There are a few U.S. schools offering the option for international students to attend a pre-departure orientation in their home country. If the school you are accepted into offers this option, you must make it a point to attend a pre-departure orientation as it will provide complete information about things to expect in your future study destination with regard to school routine, health and safety procedures, cultural adjustment, available career options and more such topics.
3. Carefully study health requirements
The colleges and universities in the U.S. usually require incoming international students to get certain vaccines before they may begin their studies. You must, therefore, carefully study and learn about the specific medical requirements of your school as health requirements may vary across different institutions.
4. Pack all important documents
You must carefully check and pack all your important documents including your passport, visa, Form I-20, the admission letter from your college or university in your carry-on bag. Also, you must have university’s emergency contact number with you all the time in case there are any travel challenges.
5. Plan your monthly expenses
When you are studying in a foreign land, your monthly expenses can add up quickly. Although it might not be possible to determine the exact amount of expenses prior to arriving at your study destination, you must have a good grasp of how much you can afford to spend in a month. Budgeting for initial few months is critical in order to ensure that you don’t go beyond your financial means at any point of your stay in study destination.