As the date for your departure draws near, you’ll want to turn your attention to some
practical issues: securing the appropriate student visa (if required), packing for
your time abroad, making banking arrangements, and planning on ways to stay in touch
with family and friends while abroad. Unlike some of the other tasks you need to
complete before you depart, however, these activities help you imagine your daily
life abroad -- and so they can be some of the more exciting, and perplexing, tasks
you need to tackle.