Pre-Departure Checklist

Before you leave home

There is a lot to remember before and after you arrive in New Jersey. Use this checklist as a reference to make sure nothing gets lost in the process.

Before You Travel

  • Make two sets of copies of important documents, such as your passport and your visa. Leave one set of copies with a trusted person at home and bring an extra copy with you.
  • Fill any necessary prescriptions.
  • Reconfirm flight with airline at least 48 hours in advance. Check baggage weight limits.

Note that health insurance is automatically charged to all F-1 and J-1 NJIT students.  Please go to our website  to see details regarding the insurance. On this page you will find more information about its usage and benefits. In the past some insurance policies bought overseas were not accepted in the U.S.  Be aware that health costs can be very expensive in the U.S.  Therefore, we encourage you to purchase the NJIT insurance.

J-1 visa holders and their dependents must carry insurance coverage that meets minimum requirements set by U.S. Department of State. The student insurance provided by NJIT meets these requirements.

Specific insurance questions should be addressed to

Packing Basics

As you prepare to come to the U.S., don’t forget to pack these items with you:

  • Clothing for all four seasons (shorts, short-sleeve shirts to pant, boots, and sweaters, clothes that can layer easily)
  • Bath towel
  • Toiletries
  • Jacket and umbrella
  • Eye glasses, sunglasses, contact lenses and cleaning solution
  • First aid kit (including: motion sickness medications, laxatives, anti-diarrhea medicine, antacids, pain relievers, decongestants, antiseptics, and bandages)
  • Prescription medicines and written prescriptions
  • Laptop/iPad
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Backpack

At the Airport

When you arrive at the airport you will need to have available and in hand the following documents for the immigration official:

  • Your passport & visa
  • Form I-20 or DS-2019
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee receipt
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology Acceptance letter
  • Contact information of the Designated School Officer/Responsible Officer (see below)
  • Financial documents as required

Do not bring large amounts of money or checks with you. We recommend that you bring traveler’s checks in American dollars for your personal funds and about USD 200 in cash for items such as food, transportation, tips, and telephone calls.  Additionally, we recommend bringing a major credit card (VISA or MasterCard) with you.

Designated School Official/Responsible Officer at NJIT:

Ms. Cristiana Kunyczka
Director, Office of Global Initiatives
Phone: (973) 596-3602
Address: University Heights Newark, New Jersey 07102


We are looking forward to meeting you in New Jersey!