Pre-departure checklist for international students

To study abroad is a unique experience for each student. You discover different cultures. You meet different people, learn from various teachers, become more independent and much more. Although the journey is exciting and fruitful, it is crucial to take care of all your belongings from the start.

Students sometimes miss things at the last minute. So we prepared a list of essential items for students going to study abroad before their departure.

Pre-departure checklist for international students:

Here is the pre-departure checklist:

1. Medical examination: Get a complete physical exam, as dental, eye care, and other medical care are expensive in countries like the United States.

2. Immunization: You must obtain the required vaccines according to the list of your university.

3. Insurance: You must have health insurance as an international student. You can save up to 80% if you purchase your insurance in India instead of the other country.


Medicines can be quite an expensive part of UK cost of living and many of these countries. You can add the following medications to your checklist:

  • Erythromycin throat infection
  • 25 bad allergies
  • Avomine – vomiting
  • Combiflam toothache
  • Gelucil, Zinetac – Indigestion and gastric problems
  • Amurtanjan, Crocin and Vicks – colds, headaches
  • Cyclopame (stomach pain)
  • Esgypyrin (sprain)

4. Checklist for booking flight tickets while studying abroad:

  • Book your tickets and your Visa interview as soon as you receive your I-20. If possible, book a single direct flight to save more time.
  • Don’t wait until the last minute to book tickets, as prices increase dramatically over time.

5. Baggage allowance:

  • The total linear dimensions of each piece of checked baggage must not exceed 158 cm. The weight cannot exceed 23 kg.
  • There is a limit of one carry-on, briefcase, laptop and wallet. Hand luggage should not exceed a certain amount, usually 5 to 10 kilograms.
  • It would be better to use soft cases as hard ones are susceptible to scratches.
  • Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved locks are required.
  • To protect yourself from disasters and lost luggage, make sure you have travel insurance.

[Read More: Most Frequently Asked Questions by Students on Study Abroad]

6. Checklist for your clothes:

  • Don’t forget to take your toiletries with you.
  • Bring extra sets of clothes as you may find it difficult to do laundry or wash them yourself until you settle in.
  • Transport your clothes according to the climate of the country.
  • Keep blankets, sheets, and blankets for a convenient stay. Take care of weight restrictions at the same time.
  • Be sure to keep your toiletries with you.

To-do list and kitchen and food essentials:

Learn basic cooking as an essential survival skill. Take the following items with you:

  • A 3 to 7 liter pressure cooker
  • Spices and masala
  • Some ready-to-cook foods for emergencies
  • Pack snacks and homemade foods that can last longer days

[Read more: Cost of Living while studying abroad]

7. Electronics and Appliances Checklist:

The price of electronic devices is generally lower in the United States, but you can get them in India if you prefer:

  • If you have an external hard drive and a laptop, please bring them. Later, you may be able to resell it. Many universities have unique laptop requirements. Be sure to double check with them.
  • Make sure you have the adapters on you to charge your electronic devices.

8. Books to bring if you go to study abroad:

Consult seniors at your university and bring only essential books from India.

9. Document checklist:

  • Admissions, financial aid and forms
  • I-20 transcripts from the beginning
  • Copies of manuals
  • Immunization certificates
  • Payment of SEVIS fees
  • Photocopies of passports
  • Copy of a VISA
  • Plane ticket
  • Original doodles
  • Grade sheets attested by diploma certificate
  • Review of the last year of the project
  • Letter of recommendation
  • GRE and TOEFL score sheets

These are some of the absolute necessities that you should take with you if you are going different countries to study abroad. You may feel like you are carrying too much stuff, but it will help you a lot in reducing your expenses in the future. It will also teach you to become disciplined and self-sufficient in a new country. For more study abroad details and document checklists, contact Global Tree today.

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