International Student Identity Card
Students should obtain the International Student Identity Card if it is not provided by their programs. The card offers many benefits, including significant discounts on airfares, access to commission-free currency exchange, 24-hour Help Line emergency service, and basic sickness and accident travel insurance. It may be obtained on-line at http://www.myisic.com.
Once you know when you are expected abroad, you should book your airfare right away as the cheap seats tend to fill up. In the past, students have utilized web sites such as Student Universe at http://www.studentuniverse.com/
You should take care of civil and legal matters, including arranging absentee voting, completing income taxes, and purchasing property insurance before departure, and appointing Power of Attorney, who will take care of your official or legal documents during your absence.
Credit card such as a Visa, MasterCard and American Express are honored overseas. Credit cards make transactions easy and are invaluable in a financial emergency. However, many American credit cards charge a transaction fee for overseas purchases. How much money you bring will depend on your budget, destination and personal spending habits.