Are you gearing up for a semester abroad and unsure of how to prepare? These 10 tips may be useful in helping you make the transition!

1. Make sure your iPhone is unlocked

When you are studying abroad from the United States, it’s likely that you’re going to want to purchase a SIM card in the country in which you are studying. However, in order to change a SIM card, the iPhone needs to be unlocked. Prior to going abroad, you should go to your phone provider and get your phone unlocked so you don’t run into any challenges getting a SIM card.

2. Have your apartment or living address ready

When you land in the airport, you’re going to want to go to your apartment or dorm when you land to get settled. It is important to have all of these forms ready so that you don’t run into complications at the airport. 

3. Have pickup arrangements at the airport

There are many different ways to get from an airport to your apartment. It is smart to have a way picked out, such as taking a taxi or train, and researching beforehand where those stops are at the airport to avoid stress and confusion. 

4. Don’t overpack

Although it may be extremely challenging to convince yourself that you don’t need to pack a dress that you haven’t worn in two years, overpacking makes studying abroad a hassle! You will likely be purchasing clothing and souvenirs in the country you’re studying in, and you will appreciate that extra suitcase space when you are returning home. 

5. Have a little bit of cash

Exchange a small amount of money: either prior to leaving, or at the airport. You never know if you’re going to need a small amount to take transportation or buy a bottle of water. 

6. Make sure your visa is correct and valid

The last thing you want to happen when you arrive in your country of study is have an invalid or inaccurate visa. Make sure to double check all of the details on your visa beforehand. 

7. Reach out to anyone you know who has studied abroad in the same country

Speaking to another student who has gone through the process of studying abroad is extremely beneficial! They can give you tips on the best places to eat, go for a drink, or sightsee. 

8. Set a budget

Studying abroad can get pretty pricey pretty quickly. Make sure you are aware of the money you are spending and how much money you can allocate to specific activities!

9. Research the country and social norms

Becoming aware of a country’s social norms is an important part of studying abroad. Different sayings mean different things in different countries. Research the culture and become more familiar with the social norms in each country! 

10. Go in with an open mind

It is really easy to get homesick the first few weeks of your study abroad experience. Be sure to reassure yourself that studying abroad is a valuable experience and that those feelings are temporary! Try to have an open mind and try to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Do as many new things as possible and talk to as many other students as possible.