International Studies & Programs

Pre-Departure & Arrival Checklists

Pre-Departure Checklist

  • Monitor news and embassy notices.
  • Attend a Critical Incident Management Seminar. 
  • Review the Program Director On-site Operations Manual.
  • Offer country-specific orientation session for students.
  • Enforce and monitor expectation of online D2L orientation completion.
  • Make arrangements with OSA for an on-site cell phone.
  • Provide OSA with your complete on-site contact information.
  • Visit a travel health professional such as the MSU Travel Clinic or the Ingham County Health Department.
  • Watch for an enrollment email from GeoBlue. Print your GeoBlue international health insurance card, review coverage, and review the local list of Network Providers on the GeoBlue website.
  • Make two copies of all important documents being carried. Leave one copy at home and pack the second copy separate from originals.
  • Enroll in STEP – Smart Traveler Enrollment Program – and encourage students to do the same. (Only available to U.S. citizens. International students should check if their local embassy/consulate offers a similar service and should take steps to enroll.
  • Keep local and MSU emergency contact information on your person or in your mobile phone. You will receive an In Case of Emergency wallet card from the Office of Education Abroad or you can print your own.
  • Ensure export control regulations compliance. For assistance, contact MSU Export Control and Trade Sanctions.

Arrival Checklist

  • Test your cell phone.
  • Notify OIHS immediately if a student does not arrive on-site as scheduled.
  • Exchange your cell phone number with students and on-site colleagues, and ensure all students know local "911" equivalent phone number.
  • Conduct On-Site Orientation that includes an Emergency Action Plan