Helpful Tips for Studying Abroad

Now that I’ve successfully completed my study abroad, I shall share some helpful tips for studying abroad. Every study abroad program offers different experiences and challenges. However, I would like to share some general tips that I have learned from my own experience that I feel will help make any study abroad go smooth.

  • Pack the bare minimum, as light as you can go. Make it easier on yourself. Also, it’ll help you avoid excess baggage airline fees for domestic travel outside the US.
  • Arrive to the airport a few hours before your flight as you never know what might happen regarding weather, traffic, and long security lines at airports.
  • Make sure before you go, you research your destination city regarding the city’s transport system and public transportation.
  • Changing your currency at the airport is not the only option. There are many other places available to do this. Research before you go. You might get better rates and lower fees.
  • Take the proper plug converter for your destination country’s electrical outlet. Different countries use different outlets and voltages.
  • Pack your clothes according to your destination’s season.
  • Make sure you have your program adviser’s phone number, email, etc. for easy communications.

With these tips in mind, take the plunge and enjoy the adventure of a study abroad!


Aman Kukal is a senior at the University of Missouri-Kansas City studying Economics. Aman is spending the spring semester in Newcastle, Australia with the ISA Newcastle, Australia: Courses with Locals program.

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