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Are You Prepared? Checklist for New International Students

student sitting on steps with suitcase
Student with phone Good news: You’re about to go on an exciting and rewarding adventure. And while there’s a lot to get done before you start, we’re here to help! You don’t want to miss a thing, and we don’t want you to, either. So here’s what you should do as a new international student preparing to study abroad (we suggest printing this out so you can check things off as you go).  

Staying close with friends and family


  • Organize fun “going away” events with loved ones
  • Take lots of photos with people – you’ll be glad to have them at school
  • Download WhatsApp, Skype or other mobile apps for staying in touch
  • Help your older relatives set up Skype and other video chat programs or apps
  • Email everyone your school email address, mailing address and other contact details
  • Set up an Instagram account or blog (Tumblr, WordPress, etc.) so loved ones can stay up to date on your adventures
Tip: Schedule a regular time to chat with your loved ones during the school year. A routine will help you feel settled in at school and will give you something to look forward to each week.  

Packing for college

  • Prioritize things that you use regularly or provide sentimental value – you won’t have a lot of space in your room
  • Get a power adapter or two – U.S. electrical outlets are 120 V with a frequency of 60 Hz (plug a surge protector or power strip into your adapter to expand your number of available outlets)
  • Bring a variety of clothing because New York has four seasons, including cold and snow in the winter and heat and humidity in the warmer months
  • Remember posters, photos and other decorations for your room
  • Don’t forget your favorite toiletries, snacks and other things you’d have a hard time finding at school
Tip: If friends or family are going to send you care packages, ask them to send food separately from toiletries and other scented products. You don’t want your favorite snacks from home to taste like shampoo!  

Getting ready for classes

  • Email your first semester’s professoStudents-writing-their-taskrs ahead of time to introduce yourself and ask for the course schedule and reading list so you can start preparing
  • Set up on online calendar, such as the free Google Calendar, so you can track deadlines and send yourself automatic reminders
  • Start mentally preparing yourself to be more active and outgoing in class – in general, U.S. education encourages student participation

Other useful resources

Never miss an update and connect with other international students by liking Adelphi International on Facebook! Check out these other posts that new international students like you found useful when starting out:
  • How to make friends while studying abroad
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