6 Tips to Prepare to Study Abroad in High School

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So you’ve decided to go on a high school study abroad program...but you’re not really sure how to get ready for it. After all, the hardest part was just deciding to go, and then picking your program, right?

Lucky for you, we have some expert tips on just how to prep for study abroad high school. Follow this advice, and you’ll be ready for your international adventure in no time!

Our favorite helpful tips for high school students going abroad 

From making sure you’ve packed your best shoes to sorting out any last-minute visa questions, these tips will help you prepare for study abroad high school so that you look like a pro from the minute you get ready to leave to the minute you arrive.

1. Docs on Docs on Docs—Get Your Docs in a Row

Giphy of passport across several different destinations.

In the wise words of Dr. Seuss, Oh, the places you’ll go. :’)

Before you board that plane, you’re going to have to get some of the boring paperwork out of the way. Boring though it may be, your paperwork is your key to getting abroad!

First and foremost: your passport. 

If you don’t have one, you’re going to need to get one. There is literally no country in the world that will allow you to enter without a passport, so be sure to apply for a passport with the state department early enough for you to receive it before boarding your plane. Processing times can vary depending on the time of year, but you’ll want to apply at least six weeks before you’re set to leave for your study abroad for high schoolers experience. 

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Next you’ll need a visa

Many students who study abroad must apply for and obtain a visa to legally study in their study abroad country, especially if you’ll be staying for longer than three months. Visa requirements vary country by country, so be sure to do your research. To really prepare for high school abroad, don’t be afraid to reach out to the country’s local consulate or embassy to ask for assistance on how to go about the application, as there can sometimes be a lot of red tape. Speaking of red tape - some visa application processes can take longer than others, depending on the country you’ll be studying in, so be sure to start the application process earlier rather than later!

Many high school students study abroad need to have medical insurance so they may participate on the program. It’s always smart to have medical insurance, just as a safety and a backup as you explore new places and things.

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