Departure Checklist

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Departure Checklist

Pre-Departure Information for International Students

These checklists are designed to help new international students preparing to travel to the United States for the first time.

Things to Do Well Before Leaving

Items to Carry with You on the Plane

  • Your I-20 or DS-2019 for the Colorado School of Mines
  • A valid passport with a U.S. visa for Colorado School of Mines(Canadians are not required to have a visa)
  • Your admission letter from the Colorado School of Mines
  • Your financial support documentation
  • Your airplane ticket(s)
  • Cash, traveler's checks, or any international bank card (ATM or debit card); $800-$1,000 in U.S. currency for travel emergencies and settling-in expenses. (Problems with flight connections could make it necessary for you to spend the night in a hotel, which could cost $100 or more. Try to prepare for all unexpected expenses associated with international travel.)
  • Phone numbers and e-mail addresses of emergency contacts at home and in the United States
  • Phone numbers and e-mail addresses of relatives, friends, your Colorado School of Mines academic department, the ISSS (303-273-3210 during regular business hours), and any contacts you have at the university
  • Documentation of treatment you have received for chronic medical problems
  • An English translation of your medical history and documents
  • Prescriptions for medications you take and a fresh supply of prescription medicines
  • Medical records (including vaccinations records) for your accompanying spouse/children (if applicable)

 Other Items to Pack

  • Your marriage license (if applicable)
  • Your academic transcript
  • Clothing appropriate for the season of your arrival in Colorado 
  • Adapters for electrical appliances (U.S. standard outlets use 110 volts)
  • Favorite recipes and items for sharing your culture with others; music, video tapes, postcards, photographs, or traditional dress (if you have room)

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