Next Steps (Group Programs)

Welcome to the #PackAbroad! Upon acceptance to your NC State Group Program, there are several required next steps to help you prepare for your upcoming experience abroad. Our office has broken these steps into a timeline based on when you should be complete various preparations: Right AwayAfter the Program Application Final Deadline, One Month Before Departure, One-Two Weeks Before Departure.

*Please note, students are accepted to NC State group programs on a rolling basis, so many of the requirements are not necessary until the program has filled, or after the final application deadline.

Right Away

Students need to login to the study abroad application system, commit to participation in the program, and pay the Study Abroad Fee online.

Students who do not already have a passport should apply immediately! Everyone is required to have a passport for international travel. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end of the study abroad program

Check out our Passport Tips.

After the Program Application Final Deadline

Click here to learn more about the Pre-Departure Orientation Series for Summer 2022 study abroad students.

NC State Group Program Directors will also have program-specific orientations for students to attend.

Login to PackAbroad to watch the online pre-departure orientation videos to help you best prepare for your upcoming experience abroad.

Students will be billed later this spring and their payment will be due according to the payment deadline. Be sure to review the program budget sheet to better understand billable and non-billable program expenses. Make your payment through MyPack Portal.

**Students going on Poole Global study abroad programs should reach out to Poole Global for their specific payment deadlines.**

All students receiving aid (except those on Prague programs) must complete the Enrollment Agreement Form. Review the funding section for more information on financial aid.

Students need to login to the study abroad application system to submit post-acceptance materials by the required deadlines. Some materials include a participant agreement, health history, and emergency contact information. Failure to complete these final forms by the deadline may jeopardize participation.

Some students will receive recommended flight details from the program director. Students will be individually responsible to purchase their tickets, but should wait to purchase their airfare until after confirmation from the program director.

Though the Study Abroad Office does not endorse any travel agency, here are some agencies students have used in the past to purchase their tickets: Student Universe, Beeline TravelWorld Travel Service.

Students are strongly encouraged to consider purchasing trip cancellation/interruption insurance when purchasing their airfare; compare coverages through sites such as or Please note: standard travel insurance is no longer covering cancellations due to COVID-19. As such, students should consider adding Cancel For Any Reason Insurance.

Students participating on summer 2022 NC State group programs will self-register starting mid-March. Your program coordinator will contact you with specific registration details and instructions shortly before registration opens.

One Month Before Departure

PackAbroad Ambassadors, current NC State students who studied abroad previously, are ready and eager to connect with other students about studying abroad.

One-Two Weeks Before Departure

  • Inform bank/credit card of travel dates
  • Look into possible cell phone plans while abroad. Make arrangements with your US provider, or look into purchasing a SIM card (if your phone is unlocked), or pay-as-you-go phone in the host country.
  • Set up a Power of Attorney
  • Make copies of important documents
  • Add alternative email in PackAbroad
  • Update itinerary in PackAbroad

Your program director may have a packing list. You can also check out these tips or find a wide variety of packing advice online.

  • Review arrival details from your Program Director and determine if you need to make arrangements to get to your housing from the airport.
  • Withdraw some cash in the local currency at the ATM in the airport when you arrive.
  • Create a communication plan with your family and friends. Let them know when you have arrived (and how often they might expect to hear from you).

  • Create a blog
  • Tag us in your posts on Instagram (@ncstatestudyabroad, #PackAbroad)