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Pre-departure Checklist for Independent Programs

Not sure if there’s something you should be doing? Feel free to refer to this checklist.

    Apply for your program via our online application system.

    Apply for your passport.

    When you receive your approval email from CWRU, apply to the university overseas or program provider using the address provided.

    Send a copy of your passport to

    Apply for a visa if needed.

    Complete the course approval process.

    Log into the online application system. Fill out any new signature forms or questionnaires.

    Turn in your Financial Aid Cost Sheet to Nancy Issa in the Office of Financial Aid.

    Purchase your airfare. Email your flight itinerary to

    Arrange your housing with the university/provider abroad.

    RSVP to and attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting. You will receive information regarding this meeting in your approval letter from CWRU.

    Bring a copy of your tuition bill to the Office of Education Abroad or email it to (N/A for exchange students and students participating in petition programs.)

    Check your health insurance to make sure it covers you while abroad.

    Register for EDAB 1. In the summer, register for EDAB2.

    Register with the U.S. Department of State's STEP Program.

    Let your bank / credit card companies know that you are planning to travel. Know the overseas phone numbers for your banks / credit cards so that you can contact them in case of emergency.

    Spring students: plan for how you will pay taxes while you are abroad. Consider granting power of attorney to a parent or guardian.

    Find out whether your prescriptions are considered legal in the country in which you're studying. Obtain a letter from your doctor listing your medications and explaining why you need them.

    Find out if it is required or recommended to get any vaccinations, shots, or medicines at

    Register to vote absentee if you'll be abroad during any State or National elections at

    Find out whether or not your wireless mobile devices will work abroad and develop a communication plan.