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January 11, 2017

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Updates & Reminders

Arriving abroad:

Once you have arrived at your program site, be sure to contact family and friends in the U.S. They will be anxious to know you arrived safely. Please remember that it may take some time for you to get acclimated and acquire ready access to telephones or e-mail. Your program organizers will be monitoring your arrival situation so someone will be tracking your activities should something go awry (i.e. delays, cancellations, etc), therefore your family should not be concerned if you don’t phone home immediately upon arrival. You may want to consider options like Skype, WhatsAppGoogleHangouts or FaceTime for staying in touch.

Upcoming Newsletters:

We will correspond with you through e-mail approximately once a month while you are abroad. Additionally, we will forward travel advisory messages from the U.S. State Department as necessary. These may include similar pieces of advice we gave you at orientation as well as recommendations you will receive on-site – keep a low profile, minimize your appearance as a tourist and carefully monitor your personal items (wallet, purse, backpack, electronics, etc.).

We recommend that you travel with heightened awareness at all times. Be alert when taking public transportation in case there are suspicious packages or individuals in your proximity. Should there be an incident in your city or a specific travel alert for your host country, you’ll receive specific details and recommendations either from your on-site staff or the Office of Overseas Study. Visit the State Department's Students Abroad webpage for additional resources.

Luggage, photo by John Fannin

Take lots of Pictures!


Tag your pictures abroad with #IUstudyabroad to share your adventures with us and keep tabs on what other IU students are doing around the world.

Overseas Study Photo Contest:

Keep track of your favorite photos and submit them to our annual study abroad photo contest when it opens in August. Winners in each of the three categories (IU students abroad, local culture, and local environments) will receive prize packages with gift cards from local restaurants and merchants.

Share other content with us:

More and more students are making videos for classes or for fun, writing articles for online publications, and any number of other cool things. Send us a link and let us know what's going on! We love to see and hear what our students do and experience while abroad!  overseas@iu.edu

IU Overseas Study Student Blog

Follow the blog:

Read what your peers are saying about studying abroad at our blog: "From I to U." You can also receive updates by following us on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Emily Blankenhorn - Berlin, Germany
  • Rebecca Haley - Freiburg, Germany
  • Philip Jiao - Canterbury, England
  • Christy Margeson - Nagoya, Japan
  • Susanna Sorrells - Seville, Spain

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Arrival Advice from a Peer Counselor

Decorate your room. Your surroundings are probably pretty bare, right? Make your space homey by hanging things on the walls. I put up post cards and maps from all the places I visited. It was a cheap way to personalize my room and keep track of where I travelled. - Halley Rose Meslin (Cannes, France and Copenhagen, Denmark)  

Halley Rose Meslin (Cannes, France and Copenhagen, Denmark)


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