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preparing for you study experience in the USA

Step 5: Prepare for Your Departure

Short-Term

Studying in the United States is a memorable and rewarding experience. Congratulations on taking this exciting step towards your future!

In planning your move to the United States, you may want to ask for assistance from an EducationUSA advising center in your home country and from your short-term program contact. The more that you prepare for your study experience, the more you will enjoy it.
 
Make Travel Arrangements
Before making travel arrangements, confirm with your program when you are expected to arrive on campus. Finalize health insurance, communication plans with family and friends, emergency plans, and other travel-related items. Remember that you are not allowed to enter the United States more than 30 days prior to the start of your I-20 or DS-2019.
 
Attend a Pre-departure Orientation in Your Country
EducationUSA advising centers organize pre-departure orientations for students to help them prepare for their departure to the United States.
 
At these pre-departure orientations, EducationUSA advisers and students who have returned from studying in the United States provide information and resources to help prepare you for new experiences and adjust to new challenges. Topics include cultural differences, motivation, changes from your home environment, academic systems and expectations, housing, and handy tips for settling into your new community.
 
Gather Important Documents for Arrival
Everyone arriving in the United States passes through an inspection by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers. Learn more about this process and the documents required for entry.
 
Report to Your Program and Attend Orientations
U.S. short-term programs may offer a special orientation for new students.  Plan on attending any orientations offered as they are crucial for international students.  Upon arrival on campus, also make sure you meet your Designated School Official (DSO) to check in, complete your required visa information session, and learn more about your program's international student policies and procedures.