Because you'll be with us for at least a semester, packing is serious business! If you're flying, you're probably limited to two suitcases on a plane, but you want to be sure you bring those things that will make St. Ambrose feel like your "home away from home!" Here are some tips on packing the right things for your time here.
First, it's important to know what weather to expect in Iowa during your time here. For the fall semester, it will be hot at the beginning, gradually cooling, and possibly quite cold by the end of the semester. The spring semester is just the opposite, with very cold temperatures at the beginning, gradually warming to mild Spring temperatures by April and May.
Bring contact information for family and friends so you can stay connected with home. Also be sure to bring contact information for your bank, if you have any problems with money transfers while you are here.
If you take medication regularly, bring a sufficient supply, along with a copy of the prescription. If you wear glasses, it is a good idea to bring an extra pair and a copy of your prescription.
You may be asked to present information about your home country, and it is useful to bring a flash drive, computer, or camera with photos from home on it.
As you will likely find yourself invited to privates homes, it is a good idea to have several inexpensive but typical gifts to represent your country. Small and light gifts are the most practical. No one will expect anything big or expensive!
Many international students bring electronics, such as laptops, iPod, and cameras. Be cautious about the electrical conversion. Not only is the voltage and shape of electric plugs different, the megahertz cycles are different. Bring converters and adapters if you choose to bring your electronics. For smaller items such as hair dryers, we suggest that you purchase those here.
If you have forgotten something, don't worry! One of the very first things we will do is take you shopping. There is only so much you can can bring in your two bags, so we will help you to find any other items you would like to have here.