Taj, a Faculty of Business student is currently studying at our partner Ajou University in the Republic of Korea. He has some great advice for all students travelling on the GO Program:

  • Make soft copies of your passport, visa, medical tests, airline tickets, invitation letters and any other documents that will be of importance. Anything could happen so just be prepared
  • Talk to your Bank about services they can be able to offer while you are overseas. Make sure your cards are valid for the whole duration of your stay overseas. Get all their help numbers that you can access while overseas. Register to online banking and make sure to keep the passwords in a safe place and are in working status
  • Make sure you find out a lot of information about the weather in the host country and pack sufficient clothes. Its good to pack a few days before you leave, that way you know what you have forgotten in the days leading to your departure
  • Arrange your transport to the airport
  • Double check on everything you need to have the night before your departure
  • You are now ready to begin the actual journey
  • Plan to arrive at the airport 3hrs prior to departure that way you can check in early and relax before your flight and also to say your goodbyes to friends and families
  • Change some money to use at the airport in the host country to make calls, pay for taxi/bus or drink/food etc
  • When you arrive, find the representatives from your host university or carefully follow the instructions they have given you on how to get to your accommodation
  • Check in at your accommodation and settle in
  • Go through your arrival information of the activities that the office of international affairs (OIA) in your host university are hosting over the week of your arrival
  • Find your way around the student halls and university and meet your roommate/housemate
  • Attend the orientation day and participate in the activities that they have set out. This will help you know what is required of you during the semester
  • Regularly check your e-mail for information about enrolments and any other information
  • Make sure to keep in regular contact with the GO program and the contact in the office of international affairs in the host university
  • There may be additional requirements such as medical insurance and other government requirements that must be arranged. Ask as much information and make sure to arrange for the required. For example in Korea, you need to have a D2 study visa and should be valid for the duration of your stay. You are also required to apply for an alien registration card which determines that you are in Korea temporarily
  • Bare in mind that it is normal that the courses that you originally applied for may not be available therefore be ready to make choices of subjects other than the ones that you originally wanted to take. Regular contact between USC and OIA in host university is important