Step 5 : Prepare For Your Departure

You’ve made it to Step 5! Preparing for your departure is the final step to Your Five Steps to U.S. Study.

Key components to this final step include making your travel arrangements, attending a pre-departure orientation at your local EducationUSA center or online, gathering pre-departure materials and documents for arrival, as well as reporting to your school and attending orientations.

Check your new institution’s website for additional pre-departure information that will be more specialized and have information about health insurance, average local temperatures throughout the year, local transportation options, housing, and more.

Attend Pre-Departure Orientation
EducationUSA advising centers organize pre-departure orientations for students getting ready to depart for the United States. EducationUSA advisers and U.S. alumni provide information and resources that will help you prepare for new experiences and develop skills to adjust to new challenges. Topics discussed include cultural differences, motivation, changes from your home environment, academic systems and expectations, housing, and coping in a new cultural setting. Contact your closest EducationUSA advising center to attend a pre-departure orientation.

GOOD TO KNOW

Pre-departure orientations are offered by EducationUSA Advising Centers to students making final preparations to depart for their studies in the United States. Contact your local center now!


 

 

COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Studying in the United States is a memorable and rewarding experience – congratulations on taking this exciting step towards your future!

In planning your move to the United States, you may want to ask for assistance from an EducationUSA Advising Center in your home country and from the international student adviser at your chosen community college. The more that you prepare for your study experience, the more you will enjoy it.

Make Travel Arrangements
Before making travel arrangements, confirm with your community college when you are expected to arrive on campus to comply with visa regulations. It is also important to finalize health insurance, communication plans with family and friends, emergency plans and other travel related items. Remember that you are not allowed to enter the United Stated more than 30 days prior to the start of your I-20 or DS-2019.

Attend a Pre-departure Orientation in Your Country
EducationUSA Advising Centers around the world organize pre-departure orientations for students making final preparations to depart for their studies in the United States.

EducationUSA advisers and students who have returned from the United States provide information and resources that will help prepare you for new experiences and skills to adjust to new challenges. Topics discussed include cultural differences, motivation, changes from your home environment, academic systems and expectations, housing, and handy tips for settling into your new home.

Gather Pre-departure Materials & Important Documents for Arrival
Everyone arriving in the United States passes through an inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. Learn more about this arrival process and the documents required for entry.

Reporting to Your School & Attending Orientations 
U.S. community colleges typically offer a special orientation for international students in addition to a regular student orientation. New students should plan on attending both as they cover different information. At these orientations you will meet your Designated School Official (DSO) to check in, complete your required visa information session, and learn additional information about the institution’s international student policies and procedures. Attending these orientations is crucial for all new international students on campus.


 

 

UNDERGRADUATE

Studying in the United States is a memorable and rewarding experience.  Congratulations on taking this exciting step towards your future!

In planning your move to the United States, you may want to ask for assistance from an EducationUSA advising center in your home country and from the international student adviser at your chosen college or university. The more that you prepare for your study experience, the more you will enjoy it.

Make Travel Arrangements
Before making travel arrangements, confirm with your institution when you are expected to arrive on campus to comply with visa regulations. Finalize your health insurance, communication plans with family and friends, emergency plans, and other travel-related items. Remember that you may not enter the United States more than 30 days prior to the start of your I-20 or DS-2019.

Attend a Pre-departure Orientation in Your Country
EducationUSA advising centers organize pre-departure orientations for students as part of final preparations to depart for the United States. EducationUSA advisers and students who have returned from their U.S. studies provide information and resources that will prepare you for new experiences as you focus on strategies to adjust to new challenges. Topics discussed include cultural differences, motivation, changes from your home environment, academic systems and expectations, housing, and handy tips for settling into your new community.

Gather Necessary Documents for Arrival
Everyone arriving in the United States passes through an inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Learn more about arrival and the documents required for entry.

Report to Your School and Join On-Campus Orientations
U.S. institutions offer a special orientation for international students, in addition to a regular student orientation. New students should attend both as they cover different information. At these orientations, you will meet your Designated School Official (DSO) to check in, complete your required visa information session, and learn more about the institution’s international student policies and procedures. Attending these orientations is crucial for all new international students on campus.


 

 

GRADUATE

Studying in the United States is a memorable and rewarding experience. Congratulations on taking this exciting step towards your future!

In planning your move to the United States, you may want to ask for assistance from an EducationUSA advising center in your home country and from the international student adviser at your chosen university. The more that you prepare for your study experience, the more you will enjoy it.
Make Travel Arrangements
Before making travel arrangements, confirm with your graduate program when you are expected to arrive on campus. Finalize health insurance, communication plans with family and friends, emergency plans, and other travel-related items. Remember that you are not allowed to enter the United States more than 30 days prior to the start of your I-20 or DS-2019.
Attend a Pre-departure Orientation in Your Country
EducationUSA advising centers organize pre-departure orientations for students to help them prepare for their departure to the United States.
During these pre-departure orientations, EducationUSA advisers and students who have returned from studying in the United States provide information and resources to prepare you for new experiences and provide advice on how to adjust to new challenges. Topics discussed include cultural differences, motivation, changes from your home environment, academic systems and expectations, housing, and handy tips for settling into your new community.
Gather Pre-departure Materials and Important Documents for Arrival
Everyone arriving in the United States passes through an inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. Learn more about this process and the documents required for entry.
Report to Your School and Attend Orientations
U.S. universities typically offer a special orientation for international students, in addition to a regular student orientation. New students should plan on attending both as they cover different information. Upon arriving on campus, you need to report to your Designated School Official (DSO) to check in, complete your required visa information session, and learn more about the institution’s international student policies and procedures. Attending orientation is crucial for all new international students.

 

 

SHORT-TERM

Studying in the United States is a memorable and rewarding experience. Congratulations on taking this exciting step towards your future!

In planning your move to the United States, you may want to ask for assistance from an EducationUSA advising center in your home country and from your short-term program contact. The more that you prepare for your study experience, the more you will enjoy it.
Make Travel Arrangements
Before making travel arrangements, confirm with your program when you are expected to arrive on campus. Finalize health insurance, communication plans with family and friends, emergency plans, and other travel-related items. Remember that you are not allowed to enter the United States more than 30 days prior to the start of your I-20 or DS-2019.
Attend a Pre-departure Orientation in Your Country
EducationUSA advising centers organize pre-departure orientations for students to help them prepare for their departure to the United States.
At these pre-departure orientations, EducationUSA advisers and students who have returned from studying in the United States provide information and resources to help prepare you for new experiences and adjust to new challenges. Topics include cultural differences, motivation, changes from your home environment, academic systems and expectations, housing, and handy tips for settling into your new community.
Gather Important Documents for Arrival
Everyone arriving in the United States passes through an inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. Learn more about this process and the documents required for entry.
Report to Your Program and Attend Orientations
U.S. short-term programs may offer a special orientation for new students.  Plan on attending any orientations offered as they are crucial for international students.  Upon arrival on campus, also make sure you meet your Designated School Official (DSO) to check in, complete your required visa information session, and learn more about your program’s international student policies and procedures.

 

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Studying in the United States is a memorable and rewarding experience. Congratulations on taking this exciting step towards your future!

In planning your move to the United States, you may want to ask for assistance from an EducationUSA Advising Center in your home country and from your chosen English language program. The more that you prepare for your study experience, the more you will enjoy it.

Make Travel Arrangements
Before making travel arrangements, confirm with your program when you are expected to arrive on campus to comply with visa regulations. Finalize health insurance, communication plans with family and friends, emergency plans, and other travel-related items. Remember that you are not allowed to enter the United States more than 30 days prior to the start of your I-20 or DS-2019.

Attend a Pre-departure Orientation in Your Country
EducationUSA Advising centers organize pre-departure orientations (PDOs) for students to help prepare them for their studies in the United States.

During these PDOs, EducationUSA advisers and students who have returned from studying in the United States provide information and resources that will help prepare you for new experiences and learn how to adjust to new challenges. Topics discussed include cultural differences, motivation, changes from your home environment, academic systems and expectations, housing, and handy tips for settling into your new community.

Gather Pre-departure Materials & Important Documents for Arrival
Everyone arriving in the United States passes through an inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Learn more about this arrival process and the documents required for entry.

Report to Your School and Attend Orientations
When you arrive on campus, be sure to check in with your Designated School Official (DSO) to complete your required visa information session and learn more about the program’s international student policies and procedures. Your U.S. program will also usually offer a special orientation for new students. Attending orientation is crucial for all new international students.