A guide to staying in touch...
With the Office of International Study
Prior to your departure, you will have provided the OIS with your emergency contact information on the Assumption of Risk and Release form. Should your emergency contact person get a new telephone or cell phone number or change e-mail addresses, please let the OIS know. In addition, you will need to submit your local contact information to the OIS within a week of your arrival on site. Please use the Travel Tracker Form.
By Phone and Fax
The Office of International Studies is normally open from 9-5 Monday to Friday.
Telephone: 781-283-2320 or 3532
In the event of an emergency, you may need to reach the Director of International Studies or other administrator outside of regular business hours, in which case you should call Campus Police at 781-283-5555.
The preferred method of contact with the OIS is by e-mail. Please e-mail the OIS within 2 days of your arrival abroad. Your wellesley.edu account will be the primary means of communicating information to you while you are abroad, so it is essential that you forward your Wellesley e-mail to any other account you may use while you are abroad.
With your Family and Friends at Home
Please do not forget to call home upon your arrival, and make sure your family always knows how to reach you. Keep in mind that telephone calls are much more expensive abroad than in the U.S. Many students work out a regular time each week for their family members to call them. You may also wish to obtain a phone card from a U.S. carrier—these generally work well in even the most remote destinations. Different arrangements will work best in different countries, so ask returnees and the locals for advice. One very popular option for keeping in touch is Skype (www.skype.com), which allows you to make inexpensive or free international calls from a computer. Another option is video and voice calling through a Google account that can connect to both computers and mobile and land telephone lines.
An easy way to share you thoughts and experiences with friends and family back at home is a blog posted online that you can edit and update whenever you like. Some popular sites are wordpress.com, tumblr.com, and studyabroad.com.
***Cell Phones- Many students find that the best way to communicate with other students in their host country is via cell phones. Text messaging is often the preferred method of communication. Consider buying a cell phone when you arrive overseas. Often, international cell phones do not work and buying a local and less expensive cell phone is best.
With your Major Department
Make sure you leave your overseas mailing address with individuals in your major department to ensure that you do not miss out on any opportunities to do honors or apply for seminars, etc. during your senior year.
With Each Other
While you are out, you may well wish to stay in touch with some of your classmates who are also out in the world, and perhaps make arrangements to meet up with them during holidays or for long weekends. To facilitate this, a list of students who are currently abroad is available here. Do chat with each other about what you are experiencing; you'll be a great support network and resource for one another.
Voting while Studying Abroad
Please don't forget that you can still participate in elections while you are studying abroad. The Federal Voting Assistance Program has a detailed guide about how to participate in the absentee voting process, linked here.