Office of International Students & Programs

-Packing

Clothing

The U.S. uses fahrenheit for temperature, in which case: 0 °C = 32 °F. Be sure to pack appropriate clothing for the many seasons.

Monthly Average High and Low in °F:

  • January                                      36                             20
  • February                                    41                              23
  • March                                         53                              32
  • April                                            64                             40
  • May                                             74                              51
  • June                                            82                              60
  • July                                             86                              64
  • August                                        84                              62
  • September                                 78                              55
  • October                                      67                              43
  • November                                  53                              34
  • December                                  41                               25

Packing Checklist

The following checklist will help you make sure you haven’t missed anything important.  See http://www.edupass.org/ for more information.

  • Money, credit cards, checkbook, traveler’s checks, financial records (copy of bank statements and list of account numbers), PIN codes for your bank cards
  • Emergency Money (keep US$100 hidden somewhere on your person in the event of an emergency)
  • Clothing, including shoes, coats, cold weather clothing, and rain gear
  • Official academic transcripts and English translations
  • Medical and dental records, including immunization and vaccination records and prescriptions, eyeglasses, insurance records
  • Marriage certificate and birth certificates for all family members
  • Passport and plane tickets, Form I-20
  • National and international driver’s licenses, International Youth Hostel Card
  • A list of the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of key contacts, both in the US and at home, including the contact information for friends and family who live in the US
  • Books, including a dictionary and phrase book
  • Academic documents, such as the school’s course catalog and other material you received from the school

Money

Travel with enough money.  You will need approximately $5000 for immediate needs in the U.S.  This may sound like a lot of money, but here are some of the things you will be spending it on your first term (15 weeks):

  •  Room and Board (There are no dormitories at Franklin University.)………….$3,000

This includes estimated costs for: monthly apartment rent plus deposit, food, utilities (including phone service, gas, electric and water). Most apartments are unfurnished and you are responsible to completely furnish them (including bed, table and kitchen supplies)

  • Medical Insurance………………………………………………………………………. $334

This is required by Franklin University. Medical treatment in the U.S. is far too expensive without medical insurance.

  • Transportation…………………………………………………………………………… $325

Additional funds may be necessary to purchase a vehicle and auto insurance. Public transportation may not be reliable.

  • Books……………………………………………………………………………………….. $225

Most classes require books that need to be purchased by the student. The professor of each class decides the mandatory book list.

  • Miscellaneous……………………………………………………………………………… $683

Note: The majority of Franklin students find it essential to purchase a personal computer to successfully finish Franklin courses.

Do not carry large amounts of cash.  Carrying large amounts of cash will make you a target for theft. Carry traveler’s checks or some other safe way of transporting money. You may travel with a certified check made out to Franklin University.

Helpful Resource

Read “Tips for Students and Exchange Visitors” including information on Arriving at a U.S. Port of Entry, maintaining your status and important immigration documents by clicking here.

 

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