Pre-travel Check List

6-12 months before

4-6 months before 2-3 months before 1 month before

1 week before

Check your eligibility.

Confirm participation and dates. Stay in contact with your project mentor. Will your involvement be included in your student records?


Obtain a visa if required. Learn about your destination,

U.S. State Department’s Country Specific Information

International SOS World Watch reports

Location of the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate or your home country’s embassy

Exchange enough cash to last the first few days in your destination or plan to withdraw cash at an airport ATM or currency exchange kiosk
Schedule a meeting with OGH to discuss project opportunities, and site location. Reaffirm contact information of your onsite advisor. Get phone numbers and local (descriptive) addresses for all your contacts. Print them for your wallet and luggage tags.


Think about communication. Do you need to unlock your cell phone? Buy a local one? Phone card? Bring your computer? What are your back-up plans? Who is your on ground emergency contact? Make sure you understand your health insurance coverage. Verify that you have international coverage, if not register with International SOS. Make photocopies of important documents
If you are planning to participate in research, check the Research Human Subjects Protocol and IRB status. Ensure the UAMS IRBs and in country review are in place. Human subjects review at international universities is often a longer process than that at UAMS.


Complete all paper work needed for your global health experience. This includes documents required by your college, and the OGH program application or OGH project registration. Feel free to email for help. Schedule a travel health consultation to assess medical needs, vaccinations, and medications. Some vaccinations need multiple visits. Contact your bank to get your credit card PIN. Discuss limits and fees, where there are ATMs and currency exchange rates. Provide your itinerary so they don’t freezing your account. Photocopy your cards and leave with someone you trust, if they are stolen you will need those numbers. Read helpful safety tips and understand how to prepare yourself for emergencies. Check in with your on the ground contacts.
Assess your need for funding. Review CDC destination-specific guidance to determine recommended and routine vaccinations, prevalent disease and need for malaria prophylaxis. Begin to pack clothing, supplies, and medications Ensure your emergency contact list, vaccine records and insurance card are in multiple bags and your carry-on.
Obtain or update your passport.


Purchase air tickets. Have fun, be safe, and take lots of pics!