University of Delaware

Institute for Global Studies

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What to Bring

Check List

  • Electrical Appliances:

    The standard electrical system in the United States is alternating current, 60 cycles, 120 volts. If you bring electrical equipment (such as hairdryer, shaver, computer), be sure it is compatible or bring an adapter. You might want to bring a battery-operated alarm clock. Generally, it is costlier to purchase adaptors in the United States than it is overseas


  • Dress:

    Winter weather in Delaware is mild compared to much of the rest of the northern United States but still can be cold. January normally averages between 23°F (-5°C) to 40°F (4.5°C), with low to moderate levels of precipitation (snow, rain, sleet/ice). There may be some days when you may only need a light jacket, but for most of your trip you should plan on winter weather conditions - cold temperatures, rain or snow, and wind. The weather is slightly warmer in Washington and colder, with a greater chance of snow, in New York.  In Texas the average January temperature ranges from 40°F (-4.4°C) to 60°F (15.5°C).  Wind can make all these places feel even colder.

    You may want to consider bringing the following: a raincoat, an umbrella, boots, a warm scarf, a thick winter coat, warm gloves, a warm hat, 1-2 sweaters, warm socks, and clothing which can be layered.

    Generally, academics and students dress casually in the United States. For men, casual slacks or jeans, collared shirts, and/or sweaters are acceptable; for women, sweaters or pullovers, casual skirts and pants are acceptable while on campus. In Delaware and Texas, dressier clothing is appropriate for some restaurants and nightspots, but the atmosphere is generally informal, and comfortable sportswear is usually appropriate. In New York and Washington one encounters more formal/fancier attire. You may wish to bring a business suit for meetings with government officials, and a sport-jacket and dress trousers, or a blouse and skirt, for meetings with academics while away from Newark as well as for receptions and other special events. In all cases, appropriate non-western wear is perfectly acceptable. As we will do a significant amount of walking, please be certain to bring at least one good pair of comfortable walking shoes. Military personnel should wear civilian clothing only, no uniforms please.


  • Luggage:

    Please pack lightly. Generally, airlines permit travelers to/from North America to check one suitcase for no charge weighing no more than 23kg (50 lbs.), but we suggest that you check with your airline in advance for precise luggage policies. Checking more than one bag and/or checking bags that exceed airline weight restrictions can result in excessive baggage fees of more than $50 USD that you will be responsible for paying. We will be providing an allowance during the Institute to you to help offset these costs, but to avoid complications and stay under airline weight restrictions, we suggest that you use these monies to ship materials home.

    In addition to your checked baggage, airlines generally permit one to carry a small bag and one personal item (e.g. a purse or small back pack) aboard the plane. We strongly encourage you to carry with you a few days clothing and other essentials in case your bag is delayed in transit.


  • Medicine:

    If you require any prescription medications, please bring these with you on the aircraft. If you are under doctor's care for any condition, you might want to bring a letter from your physician describing your condition and treatment regime in English in case you need to see a doctor while you are in the United States.


  • Money:

    You will receive three cash disbursements during the program.  All funds you receive on the program will be in U.S. dollars and are intended to cover your meals and incidental expenses, allow you to purchase books (beyond those required for the course, which will be provided to you), ship materials home, help offset excessive baggage fees, and have some fun.

    While we will organize several visits to the mall and local retail stores, some visitors have wanted to make more frequent shopping trips. If you wish to shop more frequently during the program, you might want to bring additional money or an ATM, credit, or debit card-- but this is totally up to you. If you do bring extra money, do not bring a great deal of cash. Rather, it is safer to bring traveler's checks or use an ATM card. If you do bring money, please note that foreign currency cannot be converted in Newark; you must travel to Wilmington (about a 20-minute drive) to convert money.


  • Toiletries:

    Although you will be able to purchase toiletries locally, you might not be able to find the brand you enjoy using. Therefore, you should bring an ample supply of toiletries such as:

        • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and other dental hygiene items
        • Soap
        • Shampoo, conditioner, and other hair care items
        • Antiperspirant/deodorant
        • Razor and shaving cream (if appropriate)

    Please remember, however, that strict limitations are in place concerning the quantities of fluids which one may bring aboard an aircraft.


  • Valuables:

    Although the UD campus and Newark are generally safe, neither the U.S. government nor the University of Delaware can guarantee the safety of any valuables you might bring. Therefore, you should leave expensive and extravagant things at home.

This is a program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by the University of Delaware.

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