Medicine, Eyeglasses and/or Contact Lenses
If you require any prescription medication or eyewear, be sure to bring them with you. It is also a good idea to bring an extra supply of any medicines that you are used to using at home, an extra set of eyeglasses or contact lenses, and for your doctor to provide a copy of the prescriptions. If you have any health concerns or medical conditions, bring a copy of medical, dental, immunization records.
Depending on your educational plans, you may be spending a long period of time away from home. To help prevent homesickness, it is a good idea to bring personal items such as pictures of your family and friends, small gifts, traditional clothes, maps, posters, music, and items that represent you or your culture. These items will be helpful for you to introduce yourself and your country to people who you meet here. These items will also help you feel close to your home.
There will be events on campus in which students are encouraged to share their cultures and traditions through demonstrations and performances. Please bring traditional dresses, musical instruments, stationary or other items that represent your country or culture!
Although there are strict rules on customs, you may want to pack a few non-perishable foods, sweets and/or cooking spices. Sharing your food is also a great way to make friends and to share part of your culture with others!
There will be events on campus in which students are encouraged to share dishes from home! Please bring your favorite recipes and items that you need to cook the dish which are difficult to obtain in the U.S.
Hand-carry passport and immigration documents on the airplane and make copies. Bring contact information of your family members, friends or sponsors. If possible, bring your high school and/or college records. Do Not Pack These Items In Your Checked Luggage!
Please also keep the following contact information with you:
Associate Director of International Student Services, PDSO
Student Involvement and Leadership Office
Pacific Lutheran University
(253) 535-8294 Monday-Friday, 8AM-5PM
(253) 535-7441 Campus Safety is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Bring anything else that will make your time living and studying in the U.S. comfortable!