Important Documents

Before going abroad, students should make at least two copies of all important documents and papers, including their passport, visas, airline tickets, credit cards, insurance cards, travelers' checks, university or program admissions papers, serial numbers of valuable objects, etc. One copy should be left with a family member or friend in the U.S. and the other should be kept with the student’s personal possessions (but separate from the originals). This precaution is invaluable in case of theft or loss. Many countries will allow foreigners to use a copy of a passport or a student identity card for identification purposes.