Ryerson International has many resources that help Ryerson students prepare for their adventures overseas. Please visit their website for more information on many of the following topics:
Attend a Pre-Departure Orientation
Ryerson International regularly hosts info sessions for students who are interested in studying or working abroad. These sessions will cover all the basics of travelling and moving abroad, and give you valuable tips.
Get the Proper Documentation
Check with the embassy or consulate of your destination to see if you require a visa and/or a work permit to visit and work in that country. Apply for them early as the process can take time. (Fact: A work permit may be required for unpaid internship and volunteering in some countries because they are considered “work”.)
Be prepared for any unexpected event in your travels. Make sure you have adequate insurance coverage for all the essential areas prior to your departure: medical care, travel, and loss/damage of personal belongings.
Apply for Funding
There are funding opportunities within and outside of Ryerson that can help supplement your expenses. Ryerson International is a great source of information for these opportunities. Make sure you start researching these options and apply for them early.
Research Your Destination Thoroughly
Use multiple sources (e.g. travel guides, social media forums, personal connections) to learn about your destination to manage expectations. The Hofstede Centre also has a research-based comparison tool to help you learn more about the workplace cultures of different countries.