Prepare Yourself

  • Apply early for your passport and any visas if required.  
  • Research your destination prior to departure. Check out Background Notes via the U.S. Department of State.
  • You are subject to the laws and customs of your host country. Know these laws and customs before you travel.
  • Avoid risky and illegal behavior.

Attend Pre-Departure Orientation

These sessions are required. Failure to attend a pre-departure orientation session could result in a student offer of admission being rescinded. 

  • Expectations about behavior and the UNT Honor Code
  • Student and parent expectations
  • UNT health and accident insurance
  • What to do in emergency situations
  • Culture shock and cultural adaptability
  • Money matters and financial aid

Prepare for Travel

  • Ensure credit and debit cards are available for international use. 
  • Enable your phone for service abroad or purchase a calling card for emergencies. 
  • Make a list of phone numbers to call in the event that any of your documents are stolen. 
  • Make a separate list of the contact numbers in your personal cell phone. 
  • Research information ahead of time on local medical services.
  • Leave copies of important documents with your emergency contact. Pack a second copy.
  • Research destination ground transportation prior to departure.

Pack Wisely

  • Check with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for baggage restrictions.
  • Check voltage and outlet style of your destination for adapters and transformers.
  • Check internet/Wi-Fi availability in your destination.
  • Research the weather in your destination.
  • Leave valuables at home. 
  • Bring all prescription medications in your carry-on, in ORIGINAL packaging.  Bring enough medication for the duration of your stay.
  • Travel only with major credit/debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express).
  • Keep luggage with you at all times and pack lightly.

Remain Alert and Aware 

  • Do not share personal and identifying information with strangers.
  • Do not display large amounts of cash/travelers checks etc.
  • Avoid walking alone at night. Avoid deserted areas at all times.
  • Use ATMs that are inside banks and need a card to be accessed. Avoid ATMs at night.
  • Research public transportation in your destination to find out best practices.
  • Keep a copy of any reclamation forms or reports filed if your items are lost or stolen.
  • Never consume illegal drugs or hold illegal drugs in your possession.
  • Know the location of the nearest U.S. Embassy and register prior to departure.