A complete travel checklist with all the necessary documents that are required is provided to our students to prepare for departure and their time to study in the USA. Following are some of the important checklist:
- Money, credit cards, checkbook, traveler’s checks, financial records
- Emergency Money (keep US$100 hidden somewhere on your person of an emergency)
- Clothing, shoes, coats, cold weather clothing, and rain gear
- Official Academic Transcripts (English Translations if its in any other language)
- Medical and Dental Records
- Immunization and Vaccination Records
- Prescriptions, Eyeglasses, Insurance Records
- Marriage Certificate
- Form I-20
- National and International Driver’s Licenses
Before You Leave
Before you leave, let the international student advisor know about your travel plans and expected arrival date. Also, give your family members who are staying behind your contact information in the United States. If you have already rented an apartment, make provisions to have the keys to the place available upon your arrival. If you are staying at a friend’s place, share your flight details and travel plans with them too.
When purchasing your tickets, always ask about APEX (Advance Purchase Excursion) fares, which offer significant discounts for tickets that are purchased several weeks in advance. Scan all airfare websites for the best possible price on your air tickets.
Keep in mind that air travel covering more than a few time zones often results in a disorientation called “jetlag”. Your body will initially have trouble adjusting to the time shift. During your flight, avoid caffeine and alcohol, but drink plenty of water. After you arrive at your destination, it is important to go to sleep at the normal time for your destination, and to walk around in the bright morning sunlight after you wake up. Most people take about 3 days to recover from jetlag.
For travel to the US, you should compare the fares on several major international carriers. Sometimes the US airlines are cheaper, and sometimes the major carriers serving your country are cheaper.
Several US travel agencies specialize in student, and budget travel, including international travel. These include:
The International Student Travel Confederation (ISTC) is the organization that sells the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). Their web site includes a list of the more than 6,000 discounts available to holders of the ISIC card and a list of locations worldwide that issue the card. For more information, send email to [email protected] They also provide a home page for the Student Air Travel Association (SATA).
There are also several websites that offer student discount for travel and other deals on the web. The most popular ones are:
- Student Universe
- Travel Cuts
- CheapOair Student Fares
- Generation Fly
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