Connecting with the Culture of Tel Aviv Webinar

Leaving a familiar environment is exciting but it can also feel stressful. It is okay to have these very different emotions as you prepare to live in a new city!

To help you prepare for the culture shift you may experience as you transition from one city to another, please watch the NYU Tel Aviv webinar (approximately 10 minutes). The information will introduce you to some cultural norms and values of Israel and help familiarize you with your new home.

Final Pre-departure Checklist

You’ll be on a plane before you know it.  Take a minute to look through this final checklist to make sure that all of your bases are covered:

  • Prepare all your immigration materials

  • Register for 12 – 18 credits; this does not include any waitlisted courses

  • Pay your NYU e-Bill

  • Register for HTH and print out the confirmation card

  • Register with the Moses Center if applicable

  • Submit Medical Forms to the Health Center

  • Submit your Flight Details to NYUTraveler

  • Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be abroad

  • NYU Students: Bring your NYU ID!

  • Have all medications you may need for the full term & Bring a copy of prescriptions (medication, eyeglasses, etc.) and carry it with you in your carry on

  • Make photocopies of your passport/visa, ID, and cards (bank, credit card). Leave one copy of this packet with your parents and bring a set with you in your carry-on

  • Print and review the arrival information; carry a copy in your carry on and leave a copy with your parents

  • Bring your flight confirmation print-out to the airport

  • Check the luggage restrictions for your airline before you pack

  • Have some cash on hand to get you through the first few days (you can exchange at the airport if needed)

  • Pack a carry on with all important paperwork, phone numbers, medications, and a change of clothes in case your luggage arrives late

Arrival Information

In the coming week, the NYU Tel Aviv site staff will be emailing you a detailed document with arrival information.  Please make sure to check your NYU Email address to review this information prior to departure.  We highly recommend print a copy to bring with on your flight as well as leave a copy for your parents.

Fall 2013 Pre-departure Survey – To be sent next week

NYU’s Office of Global Programs strives to provide students with the best possible experiences and services as they prepare to go away, and we would like your feedback to know how we are doing and where we can improve.  Next week we will be sending you a link to a pre-departure survey.  Please take a few minutes (really, it will only take a few minutes!) and complete. Your answers are anonymous and will help us as we prepare for future semesters.

Thanks so much for your assistance!

Travel Tips from Kate

We’ve done a decent amount of traveling and have made some classic travel mistakes in my time. Be smarter than us by following these tips!

  • I know we’ve mentioned this before, but tell your bank and credit card companies that you will travel abroad. Make sure they won’t block your accounts when they see international charges, and ask for phone numbers to call from abroad in the event you have any issues. The 1-800 numbers on the back won’t always work from overseas.

  • Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use here in the US. Even with a plug adaptor and converter, the higher voltage can destroy (as in burn to a crisp!) your appliances and could potentially knock out power in entire buildings, which isn’t a great way to make friends abroad. If you’re not willing to forgo the blow dryers and flat irons for a few months, then it’s best to purchase local versions that operate on 220 volts once you get abroad.

  • Bring a small weekend-size bag/backpack/collapsible duffle bag for trips you’ll take during your time abroad. Pack it with everything you’ll need for the first few days of your trip and bring it as a carry-on on the plane, so you’ll be ready in case your baggage is delayed.

  • Don’t forget that you cannot bring more than 3 oz. of any liquid in your carry on for your flight overseas.  Airport security can be very stringent. Make sure you follow all the rules when it comes to flying!

  • If you follow a special diet (vegetarian, kosher, etc.) don’t forget to inform your airline ahead of time. It’s horribly unpleasant to be hungry and thirsty while you’re on a plane and they control when you get meals, so bring some snacks (stay away from fruit, especially if you have a layover in a European airport, as some countries don’t want you to bring perishable food into their airports). And make sure you have your own water on the flight (though you can’t take any through security, remember).

  • Make several photocopies of your passport ID page and credit/debit cards to leave with a family member or someone you trust. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.

  • Set up a plan of communicating with your family members while abroad—we recommend calling or e-mailing them only once or twice a week while abroad. Your parents will ALWAYS want to talk to you more often than that, but remember that part of studying in another country is putting some distance between you and your old life. You’ll be better for it!

  • Buy a journal.  Study Abroad is a profoundly personal experience and Facebook updates alone won’t capture the spirit of what you are doing.  Keep a journal that is meant to be just for you.

Important Billing Deadlines

Yesterday, August 7 – bill due date for fall semester. Any scholarships you have received should now appear on your bill as “anticipated aid”. Remember, you should settle your bill less the amount of any scholarships or financial aid you will receive.

August 15 – Round I of de-enrollment from classes for students with outstanding balances. Please make sure you have settled your bill by this date to ensure you don’t lose your classes!