Congrats Summer 2022 students—your study abroad is right around the corner! If you’re enrolled in Summer Session I, departure is closer than you think, and it’s time to start some important study abroad tasks. Not sure where to begin? Here are some of our must-dos before your Summer 2022 study abroad and a few tasks that are easy to miss.
Make a List and Check it Twice
No matter where you are in your study abroad journey, now is a good time to revisit your to do list. Log into Gateway and review paperwork you need to sign or tasks you need to complete. The last month or so before departure flies by, so trust us when we say that you don’t want to leave everything until the last minute.
This includes packing; check the weather for your destination and start putting clothing aside. This might seem silly, but make sure you’re prepared for the type of climate you’re moving to. Not all summers are created equal. Some locations, such as Thailand and Costa Rica, have a rainy season in early summer, so make sure you’re prepared for that.
Get Vaccinated (or Get Your Booster)
ICYMI, USAC now requires all students enrolled in our on-site, in-person programs to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. If you haven’t already, speak with your program staff about what vaccination and/or boosters you need to go abroad. Each program location has different requirements, some of which are constantly changing, so make sure you’re up to date on all your vaccines before you go.
Make a Doctor’s Appointment
On that note, it’s always a good idea to check in with your doctor before departure. If you’re managing any mental health conditions, chronic illnesses, or other medical scenarios that might impact your study abroad, create a plan to manage your health while you’re abroad. A doctor’s visit is never fun but planning ahead will be much more enjoyable than landing yourself at a doctor’s office in a foreign country.
Reach Out to Your Cohort
Did you know that your Program Advisor can connect you with other students on your program before departure? Connecting with your cohort now is a great way to share advice, get excited about your summer abroad, and start building some friendships. You’ll feel less anxious about travel and arrival if you know some familiar faces are waiting for you on the other side.
Set Some Study Abroad Goals
Study abroad is all about growing personally, academically, and professionally, and while growth can happen without you even realizing it, it’s smart to arrive with some intentions for your term. Take some time before departure to reflect on what you want to accomplish during your time abroad and set some actionable goals to achieve. You’ll be more proactive about making things happen abroad if you have a game plan before you arrive.