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2015年4月 2日 (木)

Studying Abroad? Here's What to Prepare for

Based on the experience of our course graduates, we have compiled some of the things that you might want to watch out and prepare for before the start of your LL.M. program in the United States.

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1. Housing: Off-campus or On-campus

Students can either choose to live off-campus or on-campus. On-campus housing is managed by the university and is located within or near the campus premises. If you choose to avail of on-campus housing facilities, it would be better to inform your university as soon as possible as slots are limited and are usually on a first come first serve basis.

Other universities offer on-campus housing specifically for international students, married students or students who will come with their family. It is best to inquire with your university regarding this matter to get more detailed information.

One of the advantages of on-campus housing is its nearness with the school. Also security and safety of the students is ensured by the university. Sometimes though, on-campus housing can be more costly than that of off-campus ones.

For off-campus housing, students can opt to live alone or to room-share. University websites also provide information about off-campus housing options for students.

Usually, students receive contact information of their future classmates before the start of the program. If you opt for the room-share option, you can post an advertisement for prospective room mates among your future classmates.

2. Moving
In moving, one of the things that you might want to prepare for is mobile phone connection. To register for a mobile account in the U.S. one must provide a Social Security Number and a credit card usage history. If you do not have the two, it is likely that you will be asked to provide a huge deposit to avail of a mobile phone service.

With this, it is better to check about available options in your own country. For Japanese, KDDI Mobile and Docomo USA can be found in the U.S.

Another thing to prepare for is the transfer of your stuff from your home country to the U.S. Students may check with local moving companies in their area regarding this matter.

3. International Student Insurance
Universities provide students with insurance options that may be required or voluntary. Usually, university insurance has a predetermined set of health services that students can avail. Students who would like to avail of a more comprehensive insurance package from private companies can also do so.

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4. Classes!
With minds pre-occupied with all the preparations in moving to the U.S., students tend to forget to prepare for their LL.M. classes. Preparing for your LL.M. classes can be the most valuable in helping you get your degree and make the most out of your experience.

Getting ready in advance for the coursework can be especially helpful for students from civil law countries who may find themselves overwhelmed with the different legal system. Studying in advance about the U.S. legal system can save you much time in understanding concepts come the start of the semester.

If you are interested in preparing for your LL.M. you can read books to introduce you with the common law, enroll in summer school programs in U.S. law schools or avail of our preparation course.