• Prepare early when studying abroad

    2010-03-11

    Summer is fast approaching and that means that many students are beginning their preparations to study abroad this fall. While it is an exciting time to be sure, there are several considerations that any student must make before moving to a new country.

    One essential factor that international travelers must check is the status of the electrical outlets in their soon-to-be new country of residence. While many countries share a similar plug to the U.S., there are hundreds of others, like France or China, who utilize a different outlet for their electronics. Be extra careful, however, as even countries utilizing the same style of outlets may not be set up for three-prong plugs.

    If traveling with a cell phone it's important to research the functionality of the device in its new surroundings. Several models of mobile phones are capable of working overseas, yet one must be mindful of the charges that can arise from international use. Check roaming and data settings on the phone to be sure the next bill isn't astronomical.

    A more personal consideration when traveling abroad is whether or not to bring a gift. Many students entering a new country stay with a host family, and an introductory gift leaves a great impression. A general rule of thumb is to stick with sweets or cookies that can be shared, rather than more lavish presents.

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