Student’s checklist

Preparing for and making the most of your study abroad semester

There are certain things you need to take care of before, during and after the semester abroad experience. This checklist will help you with the Semester abroad preparations.

  • Familiarize yourself with your target country and university.
  • Read about former students’ experiences –  Student Experiences.
  • Ask your university if they will accept your semester abroad
  • Can the courses be included in your degree? Make a study plan and present it to your home university.
  • What other documents are required by your home university?
  • Online application – See how to apply.
  • Book your flights about 2 months before the semester starts. We recommend you arrive at the destination 1 week before the semester starts so that you have enough time for the visa process in your home country.
  • Join our destination-specific Facebook groups
  • Look for accommodation and flatmates.
  • Get a valid passport for your time abroad.
  • Get an insurance – you must present proof of your travel insurance at the start of the semester!
  • If you are planning to drive a motor vehicle in your destination, find out if an international driver’s license is needed.
  • Familiarize yourself with the visa requirements.
  • Get vaccinations.
  • Make sure you have enough medicine with you to last for the duration of your trip or find out if the medicine in question is available at your destination if you require regular medication.
  • Apply for scholarships and special funding.
  • Get your study plan (Learning Agreement) approved by your home university.
  • Get a credit card
  • Submit a notice of migration to local authorities and postal service and redirecting your mail.
  • Register with your home country’s embassy so that they know you are abroad.
  • Try to learn about the destination as much as possible beforehand.
  • Apply for a visa.

Be active

The aim of study abroad semester is to give you an unforgettable life experience. The most important thing is to be enthusiastic and active so that you will have a chance to see and experience as much as possible. A few months is not a very long time to take in and learn so many new things, so every day is valuable.

Experience a new culture

It might seem difficult to make friends outside the circle of exchange students, but you will not gain a genuine insight into the country you are studying in unless you go beyond your comfort zone.

Get involved

Studies completed abroad are a significant asset for students when competing for jobs after graduating. You should make the most of your studies in preparation for the future as well as strengthen your language skills during your studies.

Keep in touch with your friends and family

In addition to e-mails, the most affordable ways of keeping in touch with friends and family back home are through buying a local SIM card and using Skype. Calling from computer to computer with Skype is free and it is also possible to call mobile phones and landlines at affordable prices. All you need is a headset with a microphone.

Get a new hobby

Your destination offers many free-time activities for culture, sports and entertainment.

Take info material with you

Take course catalogues and brochures with you to your home institution. Not only will they help your institution make decisions about transferring credits, but also other students might be interested in learning about the university and possibly going there on exchange as well.

  • Fill out our Feedback Form
  • Make sure you get your Transcript of Records.
  • Share your experiences with fellow students and your home institution
  • Recommend our study abroad programs to other students

You will most likely travel back to our destinations someday. Nothing is nicer and more heart-warming than returning to visit familiar surroundings and faces. The friendships you form during your exchange are likely to last a lifetime.

Want to know more about studying abroad?

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page for more information!

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