For Students: An Exciting Plunge into Academics and Foreign Cultures
Preparations by Country

When preparing for your experience abroad, keep in mind the visa information and packing tips included in this section. You’ll want to read your IFSA-Butler predeparture newsletters and Preparing to Study Abroad for even more guidelines for your host country.

For more information about what to expect at your IFSA-Butler orientation, visit our orientation and excursions page.


Argentina
Australia
Chile
Costa Rica
England
Mexico
New Zealand
Northern Ireland
Peru
Republic of Ireland
Scotland
Wales



Argentina

  • U.S. citizens will enter Argentina on a tourist visa and then change it to a student visa with the help of our staff. Some non-U.S. citizens may have to obtain a student visa prior to departure. In addition, some students will need to take extra documentation with them to Argentina because of their age, citizenship, place of birth or length of stay. Your program advisor will send more details before departure.
  • Pack good walking shoes and comfortable clothes for orientation.
  • Don’t forget to factor in the southern hemisphere climate when packing for orientation and the rest of your time in Argentina: June and July are winter months, and January and February are summer months.

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Australia

  • You must apply for an Australian student visa. The process is completely online for most students, although full-year students and citizens of certain countries may have to complete a paper application. IFSA-Butler will send you a Confirmation of Enrollment form (generated by your Australian university and required by the Australian government) and will send visa application instructions two to three months before your departure.
  • For your orientation, you should bring good walking or hiking shoes, casual clothes appropriate to the time of year, a raincoat, sunscreen and sun hat, toiletries and essential medications.
  • Pack the things you'll need for your orientation on top.
  • Don’t forget to factor in the southern hemisphere climate when packing for orientation and the rest of your time in Australia: June and July are winter months, and January and February are summer months.

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Chile

  • You must obtain a student visa before you travel to Chile. You are responsible for completing the visa application and sending all required documents. You may be required to visit a Chilean consulate in person.
  • Pack good walking shoes and comfortable clothes for orientation.
  • Pack the things you'll need for your orientation in a separate bag.
  • Don’t forget to factor in the southern hemisphere climate when packing for orientation and the rest of your time in Chile: June and July are winter months, and January and February are summer months.

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Costa Rica

  • You will need to obtain a student visa, but you can apply for the visa after your arrival in Costa Rica. Our staff in Costa Rica will give you more information at orientation.
  • Remember that the climate in Costa Rica is generally warm and humid, even in the winter months. Pack cool clothing.

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England

  • If you will be studying in England for six months or longer, you must obtain an entry clearance, similar to a visa. The application process is completely online for most students, although citizens of certain countries may have to complete a paper application. IFSA-Butler will send you entry clearance paperwork and instructions, but you are responsible for competing the process.
  • If you are studying in England for less than six months, you must present a Student Validation Document upon your arrival. IFSA-Butler will supply you with this document.
  • When packing for England, remember that the climate is cool and damp. Even in the spring and summer months your housing may be chilly, so be prepared to wear layers.

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Mexico

  • A passport is required for students studying in Mexico!
  • When packing for Mexico, remember that the climate is warm throughout the year.

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New Zealand

  • You must apply for a student visa. IFSA-Butler will send you the application and instructions, but you are responsible for completing the visa application and sending all required documents.
  • For your orientation, you should bring a sleeping bag, good walking or hiking shoes, casual clothes appropriate to the time of year, a raincoat, sunscreen and sun hat, toiletries and essential medications.
  • Pack the things you'll need for your orientation on top.
  • Don’t forget to factor in the southern hemisphere climate when packing for orientation and the rest of your time in Australia: June and July are winter months, and January and February are summer months.

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Northern Ireland

  • If you will be studying in Northern Ireland for six months or longer, you must obtain an entry clearance, similar to a visa. The application process is completely online for most students, although citizens of certain countries may have to complete a paper application. IFSA-Butler will send you entry clearance paperwork and instructions, but you are responsible for competing the process.
  • If you are studying in Northern Ireland for less than six months, you must present a Student Validation Document upon your arrival. IFSA-Butler will supply you with this document.
  • Pack comfortable clothes for orientation sessions and a slightly more dressy outfit for any cultural events that may be included.
  • When packing for Northern Ireland, remember that the climate is cool and damp. Even in the spring and summer months your housing may be chilly, so be prepared to wear layers.

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Peru

  • U.S. citizens studying in Peru can enter as tourists. Upon arrival at the airport in Peru, a tourist visa will be stamped in your passport. If the length of the stay granted does not cover the duration of the program, the tourist visa must be changed to a student visa with the help of our staff in Peru. Non-U.S. citizens should contact their program advisor for visa instructions.
  • Pack good walking shoes and comfortable clothes for orientation.
  • Don’t forget to factor in the southern hemisphere climate when packing for orientation and the rest of your time in Peru: June and July are winter months, and January and February are summer months.

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Republic of Ireland

  • You must present a Student Validation Document upon your arrival. IFSA-Butler will supply you with this document.
  • Pack comfortable clothes for orientation sessions and a slightly more dressy outfit for any cultural events that may be included.
  • When packing for Ireland, remember that the climate is cool and damp. Even in the spring and summer months your housing may be chilly, so be prepared to wear layers.

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Scotland

  • If you will be studying in Scotland for six months or longer, you must obtain an entry clearance, similar to a visa. The application process is completely online for most students, although citizens of certain countries may have to complete a paper application. IFSA-Butler will send you entry clearance paperwork and instructions, but you are responsible for competing the process.
  • If you are studying in Scotland for less than six months, you must present a Student Validation Document upon your arrival. IFSA-Butler will supply you with this document.
  • Pack comfortable clothes for orientation sessions and a more dressy outfit for any evening excursions.
  • When packing for Scotland, remember that the climate is cool and damp. Even in the spring and summer months your housing may be chilly, so be prepared to wear layers.

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Wales

  • If you will be studying in Wales for six months or longer, you must obtain an entry clearance, similar to a visa. The application process is completely online for most students, although citizens of certain countries may have to complete a paper application. IFSA-Butler will send you entry clearance paperwork and instructions, but you are responsible for competing the process.
  • If you are studying in Wales for less than six months, you must present a Student Validation Document upon your arrival. IFSA-Butler will supply you with this document.
  • Pack comfortable clothes for orientation sessions and a more dressy outfit for any evening excursions.
  • When packing for Wales, remember that the climate is cool and damp. Even in the spring and summer months your housing may be chilly, so be prepared to wear layers.

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