Travel & Packing

Flight Itineraries

Please book your flight once you receive instructions from your World Partner about when and where to arrive. Once you book a flight and have a confirmed itinerary, please submit the “Travel Arrangements” form within your application.

Travel Before and After the Program

While students can certainly choose to travel before the start of the program and after the program ends if they choose, please do not make plans until you receive more information from your World Partner about the program calendar, when your housing will be available for you to move in, as well as when you need to move out.

Packing Guidelines

  • Pack one suitcase and one carry-on. Checking more bags will result in excess baggage fees. Check with your airline for more information on luggage.
  • Check your airline’s weight and size restrictions. An overweight or oversized bag can also result in baggage fees.
  • Ensure all of your portable electronics are charged so they can be turned on. New safety regulations may require you to turn on laptops, tablets, or cell phones while going through security.
  • Consult the Transportation Safety Administration website at  if you have questions about what you can and cannot pack.
  • Pack your passport and any valuables (such as electronics, phones, etc.) in your carry-on bag.
  • Bring copies of your passport, visa, and credit cards and leave a copy of each at home with your parent or guardian for safety reasons.
  • Wear appropriate travel clothing: shoes you can easily remove, layers for unpredictable climates, etc. Be sure to check the weather in your final destination before you arrive.
  • Do some research on the electrical voltage in your host country. Generally, newer electronics that can be charged and store energy require only an adapter. However, small appliances such as hair dryers or electric razors will usually require converters. When used without a converter, such appliances may be a hazard to you or the circuit. It is better to buy such appliances once you arrive abroad.
  • Do not bring excessive toiletries or beauty products – most countries will have similar or equivalent products available, so do not waste space in your suitcase.
  • Leave room in your suitcase for items you may bring back!

Suggested Packing List


  • Copy of your passport and student visa (keep your actual passport in your carry-on bag). Never pack your passport in checked luggage. Make copies for yourself and your family. ­
  • Copies of credit cards and important documents; contact information for your bank and credit card company. Make copies for yourself and your family.
  • Passport-size photos
  • Maps and contact info for World Partner
  • Casual attire
  • Hat and gloves
  • Warm jacket
  • Business attire
  • Raincoat/umbrella
  • Sneakers
  • Dress shoes
  • Boots
  • Sandals/shower shoes

Toiletries/Personal Care

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Hairbrush/comb
  • Towels
  • Sunscreen
  • Cosmetics and shaving supplies
  • Skin care lotions/creams
  • Contact lenses and supplies


  • Adaptor and converter
  • Camera and batteries (and charger if necessary)
  • Computer


  • Band-Aids
  • Over-the-counter pain reliever
  • Cough/cold medicine
  • Pepto-Bismol/Immodium
  • Vaccinations for flu or other conditions should be given six weeks before departure. Talk to your doctor to make sure all your immunizations are up to date.


Currency Exchange Bureau rates in airports are not always good. We suggest exchanging some money into local currency before arrival, or you can use an ATM when you arrive.


  • Backpack for day trips

There is not an official dress code for any program, but you should dress nicely. You will stand out and attract negative attention if you wear sweatpants/leggings and t-shirts or dress sloppily in public or in class.

Shipping Policies

Shipping and customs regulations can be very strict abroad, so research shipping regulations before sending packages overseas. If you have questions, contact your World Partner or SU Abroad before shipping any items abroad. Some basic guidelines:

  • Medications cannot be shipped abroad. Do not attempt to do so.
  • Electronics and other valuables will be held at customs in most cases and heavily taxed.
  • When mailing items to students abroad, parents and relatives should clearly label the contents as “used personal effects” with “no commercial value” to try to avoid an import duty. However, there is no guarantee customs will not inspect the package and charge a fee to release the package.
  • Never send anything of high monetary or sentimental value. If necessary, be sure to send via registered mail with a tracking number and possibly insurance.
  • Packages containing food items and/or vitamins are often inspected by customs officials which can cause long delays and could incur an import tax or processing fee.
  • It is illegal to send controlled substances such as alcohol, prescription medication, and other drugs across international borders without an export/import license.