Remember, we’ve done this before so here are some great links to help you get started, from country information to currency converters.
International Student Identity Card (ISIC Website)
This card gets full-time students under 26 discounts on museums, travel guides, hostels, international phone calling cards, and much more!
Once you’ve been approved to study abroad, students go through a preparation session covering things like internationals flights, getting from the airport to your university, culture shock, currency conversion, keeping connected with people at home, re-entry into Northern life, and much more.
Preparing to Return to Northern
While you are off-campus, it can be easy to forget about the Northern "bubble." You are so busy learning new and exciting things, returning to Northern might be the last thing on your mind. However, it is important to remember that while you are off-campus, you should be making preparations for your return to campus.
Here are a few of the most important things to consider while you are off campus:
You should have completed all of the necessary forms for housing prior to the start of your program. For help, contact the Office of International Programs.
Students studying off-campus are able to register online for their classes for the following semester. Make sure you know when you need to register by visiting the Office of the Registrar
website. Registration is typically in early November for the spring semester and in early April for the fall semester.
Graduate School Entrance Exams
If you are planning to go to graduate school, law school, or medical school, you should begin thinking about, studying for, and taking the LSATs, GREs, and MCATs during your junior year and the first semester of your senior year. Studying overseas can narrow the time frame that you have available to take these exams, so begin planning for these exams before and during your time off-campus. Consult the Career Development Center
for more information on these exams, as well as other preparations for law school, medical school, or graduate school.
Just as Northern might seem far away while you are off-campus, life after Northern might seem like an eternity! However, many applications for many graduate fellowships - including the Fulbright, the Rhodes, and the Marshall scholarships - are due in mid-September of your senior year
. These applications are often extensive, requiring detailed proposals, multiple letters of recommendation, and several essays. Please consult the Honors Program
website and direct questions toward the adviser for each fellowship.