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How to Prepare for your time Overseas

International Exchange Programme

Immigration and Visas

If you are studying in Europe for your Semester or Year abroad then you will not need a visa as you have free admittance into the countries in the European Union.  You will also have the right of residence in the country you are studying in, for the duration of your course.

If you are studying the USA then you will need an Exchange Visa, also known as a J1 Visa. When planning to study in the USA for a Semester or a full year, you will need to apply for this visa, in advance. There are several applications, which need completing although our Exchange Coordinator will help you with this process.  The cost of this Visa is $180; you can find more information about applying for this visa here: . You can also find extra information about the applications here:

Top Tips from our Exchange Coordinator

5 important things to take with you on Exchange:

1)      Visa Photographs, you will only need one when applying so take the rest with you.

2)      Scan or picture of your Passport, Visa, DS-2019, DS-160

3)      Financial documents

4)      Travel adapters

5)      Money

We advise taking all these things in your hand luggage with you in case your hold luggage is lost in transit.

Before you go

1)      Inform your bank you will be in the USA or Europe

2)      Ensure Student Finance have the right term dates for your payments

3)      Confirm any transfer travel from the airport to your host university

4)      Confirm any hotel bookings you have

When you arrive

1)      Let your families know you are there and safe

2)      Find a secure place in your room to store passport and other important documents. Leave them there for the duration of the exchange unless you really need it.

3)      Let us know you have arrived safely and are settling in.

4)      Make sure you know where you need to be and when for orientation and make sure you ask if you are unsure of where something is.

During your exchange

1)      Attend all classes and complete assignments

2)      Get involved in things on campus.

3)      Make sure you mix with people on campus.

4)      Stay in contact with us through the Facebook group.

5)      Make sure you contact families regularly.

6)      Do not forget the drinking age is 21 in the USA!

7)      Get in contact if you are having any difficulties.

8)      HAVE FUN!

Before you leave

1)      Ensure you inform housing that you won’t be renewing your contract

2)      Request your academic transcript


Global Hope

Immigration and Visas

If you are accepted to go on a Global Hope Project then you may need to get a visa before you travel. Projects vary from whether you need a tourist visa to enter the country or not. 

Countries, which need Visas, are:

  • Uganda- British nationals need a visa to enter Uganda. With effect from 1 July 2016, Uganda has introduced an ‘e-visa’ system. You should apply online for an ‘e-visa’ as far in advance of travel as possible.
  • Sri Lanka- Tourist visas are normally issued for a maximum period of 30 days. Although it is still possible to get a tourist visa on arrival, it is better to get one before you travel.
  • India- You will need to get a visa before travelling to India. You can find further information about how to apply on the Indian High Commission website.


Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before you go on a Global Hope project.

You must seek medical advice yourself on what vaccinations are recommended by your local GP. Global Hope will not make recommendations to project members as countries and individual participants’ needs may vary.

Travelling to your Project

All flights to each of the projects having a starting point of Manchester Airport, participants are responsible for getting themselves to Manchester Airport on the day of departure.

Baggage allowance does vary from project to project, but please be aware that the allowance between international and domestic flight may different.

For Example: if you were flying to our project in India, it is often found that the flight to Dubai has a 30kg baggage allowance but the domestic flight at a later leg of the journey has a 15Kg baggage allowance.

Weather while on a Project

The weather across our different projects varies greatly although please be aware that some countries are extremely hot or humid.

Remember to have a bottle of water at all times and apply adequate sun protection.

Culture Shock

All of the projects run by Global Hope take place in very different cultures from what we are accustomed to in the UK.

We ask students and staff to be mindful of this, as many countries are much more conservative than our own.  This could mean that you need to make sure you are not showing too much skin and adhering to the dress code of the project.

Food can also be a big part of a countries culture, so please attempt to try the local cuisine!