While you’re studying abroad, the world as you know it will change. Nevertheless, daily life back home will continue, and you’ll still have personal business there. Take care of as much as possible before you leave—you will feel less stressed when you arrive in your host country.
Designate a family member or trusted friend as your Power of Attorney. Your Power of Attorney is your representative who can handle legal and financial matters on you behalf. Visit Nolo for more information on Power of Attorney.
Some personal business cannot be settled before you leave. Taxes come to mind. If you are abroad during the spring semester/quarter, you will be abroad on tax day, April 15th. You have a couple options for filing your taxes:
Note: Consult the IRS or a tax professional for more advice on filing taxes while abroad.
Depending on when and how long you’ll be abroad, you may need to sign up for classes while you’re away. For instance, if you usually register for classes online, you’ll want to make sure that you will have access to the Internet during your trip. If you think it will be a problem to sign up for classes while you are gone, or if you aren’t sure what classes you should sign up for, talk with your academic advisor before you leave.
In addition, take care of any other necessary arrangements for your next term, such as housing.
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