So here are some basic rules that will help you.
- Make sure you have a signed, valid passport and visas, if required. Also, before you go, fill in the emergency information page of your passport.
- Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page and visas with family or friends at home, so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency. Keep your host program informed of your whereabouts.
- Make sure you have insurance that will cover your emergency medical needs (including medical evacuation) while you are overseas.
- It is wise to bring an extra phone with you. In case if your phone gets broken or lost you will have an extra and wouldn’t have to buy a new one.
- Before you go, look into setting up a bank account that doesn’t have international ATM fees in order not to waste money paying commission. Also, make sure to notify your banks that you’re leaving. Get multiple cards and store your debit and credit cards in different places. That way if you lose one you still have a back up.
- It is wise to take a few weeks after your arrival before the beginning of your classes. When you first arriving in foreign country it is helpful to take several weeks to get used to the new home, neighborhood and surroundings.
- Conquer homesickness by staying positive and searching for the bright sides of the situation. It is important to remember that homesickness won’t last forever. During this transitional period you should sty connected to people back home making phone calls, using Skype or writing letters.