Hello Out There!
When traveling overseas, especially with a school, there are always things you are going to need. This will varied depending on your particular program, so be sure to check with your school before hand, but some things you will need regardless of your program.
The first thing is your passport. You should be sure to get this way in advance because it can take up to a month or two to finally receive it in the mail, and you literally cannot go through customs without it. (And make sure you got to a post office or Walmart to get some small passport photos taken before you go. This will save you some time later.) You should also be sure to take with you copies of your passport. (By this I mean the two pages that have your picture, name, passport number, etc.) Hide some in your suitcase and your carry-on, as well as leaving some at home. This is because if you lose yours it is easier for your country’s embassy to remake you one from a copy of it than from nothing, and it proves that you did in fact have one.
Bring your insurance card with you, as well as having some copies of it like you do for your passport. This lets the school know that you are insured in case of an emergency and that you can get medical assistance if needed. Along with that, be sure that your current insurance policy works overseas, particularly in the country you are going to. Some companies will want you to upgrade your policy or will not be able to cover you at all while abroad so be sure to check before leaving.
I would also suggest getting an ISIC card for when you go abroad. It is a card for students that is internationally recognized and will get you discounts at different locations for being a member.
You should check to see if you need your immunization records. Some schools will want you to bring this so that they know you are up to date on all the necessary shots.
Last but not least, be sure to notify your bank that you will be going overseas. If you do not, the first time they see a charge away from your usual areas, they may freeze your accounts and leave you stranded without money.
I hope this post helps you get ready for traveling! Have a wonderful adventure!
“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” -Robert Louis Stevenson