Essential Guide for International Students — US version
Hello, international students, welcome to America. Perhaps this is your first time in America and you have mixed feelings about being out of you country. A sense of hesitate trepidation passes through you upon your arrival in a strange land. No one is at the airport to meet you. Following an exhausting journey, you are unsure of the bearings. The purpose of this video is to provide essential guidance to you as you settle into a new and often strange milieu Before leaving your country, you gather vital documents. Remember to keep essential documents on your person. Cash in your pocket and carry-on luggage. Information about the nearest airport to your school is available on the school’s website You should be advised to print beforehand road maps leading from several destinations such as, your hotel, bus terminal or subway station and your school. In the airport, you may be under the illusion that taxis are readily available outside the terminal – that what you need to do is to hail a cab. In most cities this is often not the case. [music tune down] You will need to phone a taxi. Assistance for requesting a taxi is offered in airports. Congratulations, you found your hotel, check-in and there is no need to carry luggages. The next step you will need to go to the international student office to register where you may grab a campus map and other useful information Following registration, you will receive a checklist of requirements preceding the 1st day of class It is mandatory that you purchase health insurance However, many cashiers ask for a check instead of cash Therefore, you need to open a checking account at an American bank It is important to familiarize yourself with the banking system. Bring your vital documents to the bank to open an account There is no interest in checking account Also, apply for a debit card linking to checking account so that you can withdrew cash in ATM machine You can also apply for savings account with little interest. Online savings and certificate deposit are not available for international students who have no social security number or permanent resident document The bank will require your permanent address If it is not available, you may use your department address The most critical detail you need to address is your residence Campus dorms or apartments are more costly than off-campus living Apartments may exist within an actual house or an apartment building The traditional American two-family house is often occupied by students Upon settling in, you will be more comfortable. Take a breather from the past several days. There are still many things to do before class begins. But finally, enjoy your stay in America.