Preparing for your experience
Tips for Maximizing your Experience

Congratulations on making the decision to study abroad! Studying away is a big step, and Elon is here to support you as you embark on this journey. Preparing well and utilizing your resources will help you to maximize your experience.

Preparing for your experience:

  • Obtain your passport (or renew!) – It is important to work on obtaining a passport early. You can visit the US Department of State’s website for more information. If you already have a passport, be sure the expiration date is at least six months beyond the end date of your program.
  • Make a budget – Studying away comes with some expenses. Be sure to understand the cost of your program (including out of pocket costs!) Create a budget for yourself and be sure to factor in spending money! Elon’s website has a financial planning page, and advisors are always happy to talk about budgeting and scholarship opportunities.
  • Packing – There are many great study abroad packing lists online. You can also reach out to past study away students (such as Elon’s Global Ambassadors) to get their insight!
  • Include your family in the planning process. Go over materials together and discuss plans for communication while abroad.

Tips for Maximizing Your Experience

  • Utilize your support networks (engage other students who have done the program before, support at your host program, etc)
  • Make connections with locals – onsite staff can help connect you with other students or community members in your area. If applicable, language exchanges can be a great way to meet new people!
  • Seek out new experiences – Study abroad is an experience in itself, but did you know you can participate in experiential learning while abroad? Many programs offer opportunities for service learning, internships, and/or research. Are you involved with something at Elon that you love? See if there are opportunities to continue that work abroad, or do something completely new!


Diversity Abroad:

A great packing list!