Preparation for study abroad students: Five months before departure


Five months before departure: The Study Abroad office begins accepting applications— March 1 for fall and Sept. 1 for spring.

Four and a half months before departure: Deadline for study abroad applications—March 15 for fall and Sept. 15 for spring.

Now would be a good time to let your parents know you’re leaving for an entire semester, if you haven’t already…

Four months before departure: You will have attended a pre-acceptance meeting by this time. Geneva students, start applying for your visas now.

Three months before departure: Your parents will try to talk you out of studying abroad after you made the mistake of watching “Taken” with them.

Two months before departure: For the sixth time, you explain to grandma where you’ll be spending next semester.

One month before departure: Class registration should be open by now. You have two weeks to register after registration opens. Thailand and Vienna students, start looking into getting your visas.

A week before departure: You don’t have to worry about packing. You’ve got all week, right?

Three days before departure: Desperate run to Walmart to pick up last-minute items. Don’t forget your converters.

Day before departure: Crap! You still have to pack. Throw everything haphazardly into a bag and hope it’s under the 50-pound weight limit.

Night before departure: Make sure you set your alarm, although it’s not like you’ll be sleeping anyways.

Departure day: Get to the airport on time. After you get to the correct gate, breathe, relax and finally break open that conversational language book you bought a month ago. You’re about to embark on one of the most exciting experiences of your life. Enjoy it.

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