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Preparaci贸n previa Additional funding sources 11|05|2013 Fulbright Colombia Abril 30 de 2011


Esta presentación contiene información acerca de: •

El idioma

Los documentos necesarios y la información importante

El proceso de hacer las maletas

Los asuntos para arreglar antes de irse: – Temas médicos – La llegada

– Alojamiento – El nuevo entorno – Temas prácticos para considerar


ENGLISH!!!


ENGLISH!!!

Cómo habla la gente en su región? http://aschmann.net/AmEng/ •Kentucky: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlf1CSOS5DA •Louisiana: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Obn5H2AsAks •North Carolina: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmor_dOtw_E •New York City: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTMEqR2PhKo •Minnesota: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDe7ZHHR1sY


Documents

ID (cédula) Valid passport (min. 1 año) Medical history (along with a translation) International Drivers License (optional but useful) Academic Documents (certificados Fulbright, certificado de notas, copia del diploma, carta de admisión – todo traducido)


More documents‌ Birth Certificate (you, spouse, and children) Marriage Certificate Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019)


I-94 / Customs Declaration Form (they will give you on the plane) DON’T LOSE THE I-94 CARD!  EducationUSA.state.gov


Advice about the documents •

Take copies!! – Originals in your hand luggage

– Copies in your suitcase – Other copies with your family here in Colombia

Save a copy as an attachment in your email account, Dropbox, icloud

Do the translations with plenty of time in advance


Important info to take Contacts – phone numbers and addresses Family

Friends Other Fulbright grantees Contacts at the university (colleagues, administration) Embassy and Consulate in US

LASPAU / IIE Skype contacts Contacts here in Colombia


How to pack your suitcases Carry-on / hand luggage Computer Camera Pocket English dictionary Pen Notebook with contacts Watch Medicine Music (iPod, charger) Documents Summer clothes Snacks


Packing – what to take??? 1-2 suitcases (approx 23 kg each) Summer clothes

Sportswear Formal clothes (dress, suit) Umbrella Food in closed containers (small quantity) Special items to create a feeling of home

Pictures of Colombia Gifts/trinkets (inexpensive things that show your culture) A couple of books


What you should NOT bring Bed sheets/pillows Towels (just one) Kitchen utensils Winter clothes School supplies $$$ (cash) Plants / carne etc. Animals Weapons


The “Big Box” Stores


Goodwill /salvation army


Online marketplaces


Medical Matters •

Try to get a general physical exam, a dental exam and an eye exam before traveling

Take special medicines with you (prescription and translation)

Take your glasses prescription and/or an extra pair of glasses

Student health clinic on campus


The day of your arrival – how to prepare

 Transportation from the airport (train, bus, taxi)  Lodging – at least 3 nights – Hotel (near campus) – Friends – Host family

 Housing (appointments with agencies)

 If possible, try to arrive during the week and at least 2 weeks before classes start


Housing – how to find the best option • •

On-campus – International Student office Off-campus – Craigslist – Colleagues from your program – My experience in Syracuse

**Do research before you arrive, and use your contacts for suggestions!** **Every city is so unique that your best contacts and resources will be the local ones**


All about money

$$$ that you should take with you • Exit tax (confirm with the agency) • Cash (for the first 2-3 weeks) • During your trip – US $100-$200 • $1 bills are useful for tips

Dejar un poder firmado y autenticado en Colombia Suggestions for money transfers • Western Union • PayPal


Learn the money!


Your new environment!! **The climate in your general region **Temperature scale and the metric system **What is your city like?


Final advice!  Don’t wait until the last minute to do all of your errands (citas médicas, translations, shopping, etc).  Make a schedule and do several things every week

 Create a Skype account and put a bit of money on it.  Don’t be afraid to ask for advice: utilize your contacts in your program!  DAY BEFORE AND DAY OF DEPARTURE - Get plenty of rest - Arrive at airport early to avoid delays - Carry snacks with you - Get excited!!


ยกBuen viaje! (and welcome to the U.S.A.!!!)


ยกGRACIAS! rwilson@fulbright.edu.co


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