Background Image

Once You are Accepted

In this Section

Congratulations! You are about to embark on a life-changing journey. Before you can set off for a semester or year abroad, you will need to take care of a few details. Your pre-departure checklist:

Application and Accommodations for Program Abroad

Complete the application process for the program abroad that you have been accepted.  Each university has a process you need to complete prior to being “officially accepted” by them. This is a formality as they need to collect all of the information about you as you will be studying in their country as an international student.  After completion of their process you will be issued an acceptance letter and the information about how to proceed with housing, visa, classes and arrival information.  Please note that some housing information is submitted at the time of application.  Please read all materials carefully so nothing is missed.

Pre-departure Meetings

Every semester, the International Center holds pre-departure information sessions for everyone who will be traveling abroad for the upcoming semester or year. We will discuss visa issues, health insurance, safety, cultural sensitivity and anything you have questions about. Attendance is required.

Passport and Visa

Federal regulations require that all U.S. travelers have a passport when flying to another country. A new passport takes four to six weeks to process once your application is submitted. Learn more at the U.S. Department of State. Some countries require a visa or temporary residence permit to study abroad.

*Please note if you already have a passport please check the expiration date and be sure that it does not expire while you are abroad or expire within six months of your return date home.

The visa application process can also take several weeks, so give yourself plenty of time.  Once you obtain the official acceptance letter from the university you will study at you need to be ready to submit the documents to obtain your visa.

  • Visa/Residence Permit information by country can also be located in the GoinGlobal portal.  Choose Country Guides tab and you will find information you need.  Please be advised that you cannot apply for a visa or residence permit without the acceptance letter from the university/program abroad.  You can however begin collecting the information needed so you are ready once the acceptance is obtained.

Health Insurance

All of our exchange partner institutions require that Clarkson students have full health coverage while overseas. If your current health insurance doesn’t cover you abroad, contact the International Center for a list of international student health plans.  Please

note that even though you may already have health coverage some countries require you to purchase Overseas Health Coverage.  The partner university will provide you with the necessary information regarding this.

Purchase Airline Tickets

Getting the most inexpensive airfare is an art, not a science, but it never hurts to start early. You may use websites like Orbitz and Kayak to compare prices and make sure to search for student discounts. In some cases, visiting the airline site directly may provide the most reasonable cost.  Be sure to purchase the insurance when purchasing your ticket in case something comes up and you need to change your plan.  This will save you in the long run.