Communication & Technology

During your program, please be sure to keep in touch with SU Abroad and check your SU email account. We also ask that you keep us informed about your contact information abroad, including any emergency phone numbers that the World Partner provides.

Cell Phones Abroad

Purchasing an international plan for your cell phone can be expensive—be sure to check with your provider before going abroad to decide if it is worth it. Most students purchase a cell phone to use when they arrive to their program. Some of the World Partners help with this process and/or provide students with a cell phone. Please be sure to check your World Partner materials to see what they recommend regarding cell phones.

SU Abroad recommends using your U.S. phone for use pre- & post-semester travel, and using it while abroad when WiFi is available for Skype or other texting and and calling apps such as Whatsapp, Viber, etc. Please keep in mind that WiFi may not be as widely available as what you are used to in the United States.

Laptops, Converters & Adapters

If you are taking a laptop with you abroad, please make sure to pack it in your carry-on, not your checked luggage. As with WiFi, Internet access may be limited and is not as widely available as it is in the U.S.

“Converters” convert the voltage between your appliance and the wall socket safely. Check that your appliances are dual-voltage or multi-voltage items. Most cellphones, laptops, cameras, iPod/MP3, tablets, battery chargers will only need an adapter, but if you have a single-voltage appliance you will need a converter. “Adapters” are plug attachments that allow you to plug-in your device abroad. All devices will need a country specific adapter(s), so you should find out what kind of adapter is needed where you are going to study abroad.