Use these tips to make simple personal preparations to avoid significant hassle while traveling internationally.
- Tell your bank and credit card companies that you’ll be traveling
- Ask if they charge foreign transaction fees
- Ask if you’ll need a PIN to make purchases abroad
- Plan to bring appropriate credit cards and bank cards as recommended by your program
- Clean out your wallet or purse; take only the credit cards and ID that you will need
- Find out if traveler’s checks are a viable option or if you should rely on a debit card and ATMs to obtain cash
- Bring an emergency fund (minimum $300) and $100 in local currency to bring with you on the plane
- If using a smartphone, you might want to download a currency converter application (OANDA Corporation has a free one)
- For long-term travel, arrange for power of attorney for the person handling your financial affairs at home in your absence
Undergraduate Students considering a semester abroad should review the Study Abroad Finances section of the Global Programs website.
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