In the coming days, you will receive an email from site staff at NYU Accra with instructions to complete an Online Global Health & Wellness Orientation.
This mandatory online exercise provides useful information about health and safety resources in Accra. It encourages you to practice self-care, to support your fellow students and the NYU Accra community, and to remain curious about all the things that are different and exciting in Ghana.
It should take you about 45-60 minutes and must be completed by January 25. Please access the orientation by clicking the link in the email you received.
If you have questions about the content please email Marian Ansa-Otu at email@example.com.
Below is a final checklist full of practical items and packing tips to ensure your travel goes smoothly:
- Read the NYU Accra Resource Sheet: this includes packing tips! Check the luggage restrictions for your airline before you pack.
- Take note of what NOT to pack by visiting this website. And try to pack LIGHT. Layers, layers, layers! You will inevitably come home with more than you started with.
- 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. Your carry on should also have all important paperwork, phone numbers, and a change of clothes in case your luggage arrives late.
- 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.
- Do not plan to use your blow dryers and flat irons that you use currently. 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.
- 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. That way, if these items are lost or stolen, they’re much easier to replace.
- Bring your flight confirmation printout to the airport.
- 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, 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, remember, you can’t take any through security).
- Notify your bank and credit cards that you will be 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.
- Have some cash on hand to get you through the first few days (you can exchange at the airport if needed, but service fees can be hefty. Banks may be able to issue the local currency, the Ghanaian cedi, ahead of time if they have notice. Or simply withdraw cash from the ATM directly once you land – this can be easiest)
- Have a copy of your Arrival Cheat Sheet and Last Minute Details – and leave copies with your family.
And some tips for staying connected to friends and family, and making the most of your experience:
- 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 Away 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.
- These articles may help with your move to a new city:
Don’t leave for Accra without your Accra Arrival Cheat Sheet! It contains helpful information about navigating the airport, getting to your housing assignment, and NYU Accra contact information. Please provide a copy of this document to your parents.
Also make sure to read these Last Minute Details!
And here are some other things to keep in mind:
- Know the time difference between your hometown and Accra, and discuss a communication plan with your friends and family.
- Check the exchange rate for your host country’s currency regularly.
- Purchase any necessary voltage convertors and/or adaptors.
And remember these tips from our First Time Traveler Post. (They’re actually quite good for everyone!)
This packet is intended to give all students the opportunity to consider their identity during the pre-departure process, even if they weren’t able to attend our in-person events. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me, and we are happy to talk to you or connect you to resources or students.
Alternatively, you can download the Workshop Resources here.
If you have not applied for your visa do it now! Do not put it off or you will run the risk of not being able to obtain your visa in time! Please contact OGS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-998-4242 if you have any questions or concerns.
As you may know from previous updates, students across the global sites are currently blogging on ThisIsNYU about their experiences away and must-see spots. We encourage you too to sign up and blog for ThisIsNYU during your time away! Not only is it a great way to document your experience, but it is also an easy way to share your day-to-day encounters with family and friends.
To get started or to learn more, simply visit nyu.edu/global/bloggers. The “Getting Started” page will have you ready to start in under 15 minutes, so you can sign up — and start blogging — today!
The Invisible Man, written by Ralph Ellison, has become an incredibly relevant book today because of its provoking ideas about what diversity and inclusion mean for our society. Ellison writes about a black man who lives in a society that refuses to see him, thus making him invisible.
NYU alum Don Katz, who founded Audible, was a student of Ralph Ellison while at NYU and is providing The Invisible Man for free until Dec. 31.
Get your free book here and compete with your peers to earn the most download referrals for a chance to win a free Audible membership!
The following items are required of all students attending NYU Accra Spring 2017 and are now PAST DUE. Please click on the links below for more information.
[Past Due] Pre-Departure Make-Up Quiz (if you didn’t attend, this is required!)
[Past Due] Study Away Confirmation Portal
[Past Due] Housing Reservation Payment
[Past Due] Submit health forms to the NYU Health Center
[Past Due] Submit your flight details into the Study Away Confirmation Portal AND NYU Traveler
[By January 5] Pay your ebill
There are many ways to contribute to student life at both your study away location and back at your home campus. The Office of Global Programs works collaboratively with students before, during, and after study away to engage more deeply in matters of cultural transition, personal identity, community building, and reflective practice.
In the coming weeks we will be meeting with interested students to discuss ways in which you can either begin – or continue – to engage with your peers and campus communities while studying at the global sites.
If interested, CLICK HERE!
Please submit your contact info by Monday, December 5th.
Join us next Wednesday, December 7th for Beyond the Selfie! Eat and mingle with your spring 2017 study abroad peers and receive tips from study abroad alums on how to get the most out of your travel writing, blogging, photography and video during your semester away. All attendees will automatically be entered into a raffle to receive great prizes.
Date: Wednesday, December 7th
Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Location: Palladium Multipurpose Room, 140 East 14th Street, 3rd Floor
There will be pizza and dumplings! Please RSVP on Facebook if you’re interested in going so we can have enough food available for everyone. If you don’t use Facebook just send an email to email@example.com.
We look forward to seeing you there!