PRE DEPARTURE CHECKLIST

  • Have you got all of your ERASMUS/international documents prepared? Learning agreement/work contracts signed and submitted? Make sure you have hard copies and digital versions of all of these documents should you need to edit them or submit them to your host institution.

 

  • Do you need a Visa? If so, make sure your application is in early as the process can take several weeks.

 

  • Have you got insurance for your Residency Abroad? Make sure you have a copy of the policy saved and it’s easily accessible. Send it to your next of kin so it can be provided in case of an emergency.

 

  • Does your destination require vaccinations? Make sure you book any necessary injections and order any medication in advance of your departure date.

 

  • Set up a currency cards – makes managing your money abroad simpler and means you won’t face steep conversion charges.

 

  • Paper work – ensure you have photocopies of your Birth Certificate, EHIC (if you’re going to Europe), Passport and Driver’s license and email them to yourself so you have easy access to them whenever required.

 

  • Photographs of yourself – take a batch of passport size photographs of yourself to your destination, you might need them for ID cards at your university/work place, for travel passes and may be required at your halls of residence.

 

  • Make a note of important numbers – contact number for your insurance, your bank, and your doctors at home.

 

  • Find out the emergency contact numbers in your host country – Ambulance, Fire Brigade, Police.

 

  • Have you prepared accommodation? If you’re planning on flatsharing look online before so you get an idea of the best locations to live, the cost and how the procedure works in your host country. Book some viewings for when you arrive if you can. If you’re planning on living in halls make sure you’ve filled out all of the application forms and have a place confirmed!

 

  • Plan if you’re going to buy a SIM card at your destination for your phone or take another handset with you so that you have an English phone another for texting and calling in your host country.

 

  • Label suitcases with your contact details – just in case they get lost in transit!