You should have all received an email this week from staff in Abu Dhabi with your housing assignment. If you didn’t, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will be sure to send the assignment your way. In the meantime, rest assured knowing that all of you have been placed in housing.
If you still don’t see the charge posted to your student account, let me know. The fee for your room and meal plan will be $7450.
Your enrollment in HTH/Green Crescent health insurance for the semester in Abu Dhabi is being processed. I wanted to be sure that you all knew that was underway and that you will have coverage for your time abroad.
Katya plans to email each of you individually with your entry permit copy and arrival instructions. Please be sure that you’re checking your email often over the coming days to be sure that you receive and review those details. You’ll be getting some very important information in this message that you will need to be sure to understand and have with you when you travel.
You’ll be on a plane before you know it. Take a minute to look through this final checklist to make sure that all of your bases are covered –
- Get your student visa
- Register for 12 – 18 credits
- Pay your NYU e-Bill
- Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be abroad
- Have all medications you may need for the full term (or have a plan to get remainder)
- Make photocopies of your passport, ID, and cards (bank, credit card) and leave one copy with your parents and bring a set with you in your carry-on
- Register with the Moses Center
- Print and review the arrival information emailed to you by our site staff.
- Cancel NYU in NYC housing if you have not already
- Write down all important phone numbers including those listed on the contact page (your phone may not work)
- Complete NYUTraveler
- Review the Pre-departure Orientation Presentation
- Set up a communication plan with your parents
- Have some cash on hand to get you through the first few days (you can exchange at the airport if needed)
- Bring your flight confirmation print-out to the airport
- Check the luggage restrictions for your airline before you pack
- Set up a budget
- Bring a copy of prescriptions (medication, eyeglasses, etc.) and carry it with you in your carry on
- Pack a carry on with all important paperwork, phone numbers, medications, and a change of clothes
You’ll use your NYU ID to access NYUAD resources and buildings – don’t forget to pack it!
As you prepare to land in your new home within the next few weeks, embarking on what I’m sure will be a meaningful and exciting semester, we’d like for you to take a few minutes to review the information and resources we’ve gathered to assist in your transition to live, study, and engage in a new city.Please click here to access the online portal
Once you log in (use your NYU netID if prompted), you will be able to watch a webinar on culture and culture shift (“What is Culture?”), links to Global Smart – a web tool that provides quick access to knowledge on how to communicate effectively with people from over sixty countries around the globe, as well as links to research about American stereotypes, cultural and ethical relativism, and tips for maximizing study abroad.
These resources are valuable and, we hope, will help you make the transition to living and studying in a new city a bit smoother.
I’ve done a decent amount of traveling and have made some classic travel mistakes in my time. Be smarter than us by following these tips!
- I know we’ve mentioned this before, but tell your bank and credit card companies that you will travel abroad. Make sure they won’t block your accounts when they see international charges, and ask for phone numbers to call from abroad in the event you have any issues. The 1-800 numbers on the back won’t always work from overseas.
- Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use here in the US. Even with a plug adapter and converter, the higher voltage can destroy (as in burn to a crisp!) your appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings, which isn’t a great way to make friends abroad. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions that once you get abroad.
- Bring a small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffel bag for trips you’ll take during your time abroad. Pack it with everything you’ll need for the first few days of your trip and bring it as a carry-on on the plane, so you’ll be ready in case your baggage is delayed.
- Don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on for your flight overseas. Airport security can be very stringent. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying!
- If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, especially if you have a layover in a European airport, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though you can’t take any through security, remember).
- Make several photocopies of your passport ID page and credit/debit cards to leave with a family member or someone you trust. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
- Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while abroad—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while abroad. Your parents will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of studying in another country is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it! Remember that if using Skype is part of your communication plan, install it on your computer (and help your parents, too!) before you leave for Abu Dhabi.
- Buy a journal. Study Abroad is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing. Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.