Moving overseas and starting school in a new country is exciting and rewarding, but it can also seem daunting, intimidating and at times, frustrating. We hope that these suggestions might make your experience more enjoyable, and will certainly make your transition here a bit easier.
When you arrive in the United States, it is important to carry your immigration-related documents, US currency, and credit card(s) on your person. You should also have the following important items in your carry-on luggage:
Medications you use regularly; extra prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. See Medicine/Narcotics (From the US Consulate Website)
Valuables such as jewelry or other items that can’t be replaced if luggage is lost, such as personal photos or letters
Experienced travelers recommend a change of clothing and toiletry items, especially for long flights, and in case of unexpected delays, missed flight connections, or lost luggage
Two forms of identification, including one US Government issued photo ID
Airline tickets, passport and I-20 (Make sure your I-20 is in your carry-on luggage, not your checked luggage)
Travel insurance documents
Serial numbers for traveler’s checks
Remember to bring:
Clothing and shoes
-If you do plan to bring all of your clothing, remember that the climate in New York might be different than where you come from. New York experiences four seasons: spring, summer, autumn and winter. If you’re arriving in the fall, make sure to bring some clothes to keep you warm as winter approaches.
Sunscreen and sunglasses
Rain jacket and/or umbrella
Spending money (bring cash or traveler’s checks, probably at least $200, and possibly more if you don't plan to open a bank account early)
Travel size toiletries to use upon arrival, before you go shopping for regular sized items
Electronics (phone, computer, tablet, etc)
Any medications you take regularly, as well as prescriptions for any medications you may need while at Fordham
Pack lightly: You are responsible for your luggage during your travel. Arrivals can be overwhelming at New York (or any US airports) and it can be tiring to carry lots of heavy bags from the airport, especially if you’re planning to take public transportation. The more luggage you bring, the more you have to worry about.
Purchase items after your arrival: Rather than weighing down your luggage, we recommend that you wait to buy things like household items until you arrive here in the US. Many of these items (cooking suppliers, small electrical appliances, bed linens and towels) can be found for moderate prices and in easily accessible stores. Bear in mind that there is an 8.625% sales tax on most purchases. In addition, electrical items from your home country may not be compatible with the US electrical supply, and usage may not be permitted in the university residence halls. If you are living in the residence halls, you will receive information about what to bring and what not to bring. Contact Residential Life at (718) 817-3080 [Rose Hill] and (212) 636-7100 [Lincoln Center] if you have any questions.
Clothes: As with most college campuses, casual attire is worn most by students. There is no need to wear a formal clothing to class every day, but it could be useful to bring a few nice outfits, in case of class presentations, school functions or an exciting event in the city.
Electrical outlets: Remember that in the US, the outlets are three-pronged and have a voltage of 120V AC 60HZ. Many other countries use different plug shapes and voltages, so if you’re bringing electronics from home, make sure that they are compatible in the US or bring an adaptor.
Here’s a checklist to help you plan for coming to Fordham.
· Check with your airline regarding limits for weight and size for baggage.
· Check for any restrictions on carry-on baggage.
· Ensure you have a valid passport with visa.
· Please make photocopies of all important documents.
· Arrange cash and traveler’s checks to support yourself until you can open a bank account.
· Arrange for travel insurance.
· Check the compatibility of any electrical equipment you are bringing or buy an adaptor
Medicine/Narcotics (From the US Consulate Website)
Narcotics and dangerous drugs are prohibited entry. There are severe civil and/or criminal penalties if imported. Concerta and Ritalin are approved medicines. Declare all medications to Customs when entering the United States.
A traveler requiring prescribed medicines (e.g. cough medicine, diuretics, heart drugs, tranquilizers, sleeping pills, antidepressants, stimulants, diabetes medication etc.) should:
-Have all drugs, medicines, and similar products properly identified
-Carry only such quantity as would normally be used by an individual having the health problem requiring the drugs or medicines in your possession
-Have either a current prescription or written statement from your personal physician that the medicine is being used under a doctor's direction and that it is necessary for your physical well-being while traveling. The doctor's note should state the name and the exact quantity of the medicine you are bringing into the U.S.
-Carry all medication in your hand luggage (including needles for diabetics) also in case of loss of luggage
-It is recommended to ask for a medical passport from your pharmacy/physician.
Medication can be sent by post if the prescription or doctor's letter is included. A notation should be placed on the outside of the parcel stating, for example, "DOCTOR'S LETTER ATTACHED."
Not all medicines are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or allowed into the United States.
More information, including a list of approved medicines, can be found in the FDA Orange Book.