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.


Photo: A. Mills, Barcelona 2012.


As you consider the practicalities of you time abroad, you can also contact previous study abroad students for advice.