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Before you Travel Abroad, Please:

  1. Fill out the study abroad application, request transcripts from each higher education institution you attended, ask for references, and complete all of the required forms. 
  2. Secure your passport OR check to make sure your passport is valid for AT LEAST SIX MONTHS AFTER your return date to the United States. 
  3. Pay your bill online using myRedDragon. Click here for instructions on how to log-on to myRedDragon.
  4. Be sure you have adequate insurance and review the HTH health insurance checklist
  5. Read SUNY Cortland's very own international student online magazine: NeoVox!
  6. Read the health profile of locations around the world on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.
  7. Review the U.S. Department of State safety and security guide for your destination country.
  8. Register with the U.S. Department of State to receive emergency information while you are abroad. Also visit the Students Abroad website and print out a Smart Traveler Wallet Card.
  9. Learn about culture shock and the American identity abroad and take the time to browse the World Citizens Guide
  10. Prepare yourself for cultural differences, international experiences, and self-discovery through the interactive "What's up with Culture?" guide (courtesy of Dr. Bruce LaBrack, School of International Studies, University of the Pacific). Please complete Module 1 before going abroad and Module 2 as soon as you return from abroad.
  11. Learn about Skype (an inexpensive way to stay in touch with family and friends)
  12. Give Power of Attorney to a parent or guardian.
  13. To learn about overseas banking, money matters, and staying in touch, review our travel tips
  14. Have a wonderful time and, before you leave, be sure to complete this checklist!