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communication Establish a communication plan with your parents or guardians before you leave the U.S. Discuss how frequently you plan to contact home and which methods are most affordable and convenient, depending on what is available in your host city. After your arrival, take into account that it may take a few hours for you to get situated before you will have the opportunity to contact home.

Research your cell phone carrier’s international calling and data options. In case of emergencies, you might be able to use your cell phone, but it probably will not be economical for daily use. Most students abroad are able to rent a local phone and SIM card for a very affordable price. It is more common abroad than in the U.S. to have a "pay-as-you-go" phone that often has free incoming calls and/or texts. Alternatively, you may be able to rent an international SIM card to use in your own cell phone, if it is unlocked. Talk to your cell phone carrier before you leave to determine if they will unlock your phone.

Take an international calling card pre-loaded with some value “just in case.”

Be aware that in many other countries, internet connections are much slower than in the U.S. Check with your program director about internet availability on your host campus, in your residence hall/host family's house, and around your host city. As an alternative, internet cafes are common in many overseas cities.

Davidson participates in Eduroam, a secure, world-wide roaming access service that allows students, faculty, and staff to get internet connectivity easily when visiting other participating institutions. By using your Davidson network credentials, you can access Eduroam at more than 400 U.S. locations and hundreds more abroad. Get more information at Find Eduroam locations at

Additional Information:
Best International SIM deals
Links to major carriers' international phone plans
One SimCard
What to Do if You Lose Your Phone

Below are Apps that may be useful

Some require a fee and others are free. Please click on each one of them for more information.  
***The Davidson College Office of Education Abroad does not endorse any of these items.***
  This information is only for informational purposes and using any of them is at the sole discretion of each individual.

Last modified 09/10/2018

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