Obtain a valid passport if you do not already have one
Receive notification of acceptance from Suffolk University
Receive notification of acceptance from host university (Madrid students will only receive one acceptance)
Pay any program or housing deposits, if required
Attend relevant workshops through the study abroad office such as the coffee and cookie hours, financial workshops, and Spanish student visa workshops
Investigate your options for overseas health insurance coverage
Check the visa requirements for the country where you will be studying
Gather documents and apply for a student visa if you are required to obtain one
Complete any housing forms by designated program deadlines
Register for courses/ Be registered for courses
Students going to Madrid will register on MySuffolk at an assigned date and time
All other students will be placed into “placeholder courses”. Do not drop these courses and do not register for courses in Boston. This will be taken care of for you.
Purchase a plane ticket (only after official acceptance)
Attend the Suffolk University mandatory pre-departure orientation!
Create an account with the U.S. Department of State STEP Program, and please check back for updates on our new international travel assistance provider.
Pick up your student visa
Contact your doctor about any medical concerns, questions about vaccinations, and obtaining any prescriptions in advance
Notify your bank and credit card companies that you will be out of the country for a period of time