Studying abroad for the first time can be overwhelming especially if you are used to living with your family, and having things taken care of by your parents or guardian. Don’t worry, MABECS Global education advisors have curated another checklist for you before and after you arrive in the USA. We hope that this will reduce your anxiety as you leave home for a new start!
Besides the necessary steps after your degree application, such as applying for a student visa , here are a few important tasks you should complete before going to the US:
- Make sure you already have private medical insurance for the US that covers your time studying in, and travelling to and from the US. The US Healthcare system offers one of the best medical care in the world, but it can also be complex and very expensive. Watch this video for a quick overview on Healthcare in the US, what to do before going to the US and where to seek medical help when you’re in the US. Some pointers include bringing your own medications, prescriptions, as well as getting an eye test, dental exam and general body checkup done. If you need further information, speak to a MABECS Global education advisor.
- You should arrange accommodation before you arrive in the US, even if it is just for the first few days. Have your accommodation address written in English ready to show the taxi or hire cab, or detailed directions if you are using public transport.
- Not sure what to pack? Here is a comprehensive travel packing list for international students going to the US that we think could be useful for you.
- Curious how it’s like to arrive in the US for the first time? Check out this helpful video by Chai & Coaching about arriving in the US as an international student and what to look out for.
- Remember to put all important documents in your carry-on hand luggage. It is wise to keep a photocopy of your birth certificate and passport in your carry-on hand luggage and leave a copy with a family member or friend back home just in case your luggage is missing (it can happen!). Be sure to read this helpful list of documents to keep in your carry-on luggage always compiled by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
- Note down the contact details for the International Student Support Staff at your campus.