Congratulations! You’ve been admitted by Fuqua and now you’re probably wondering what your next step should be. As an international student, moving to another country can be exciting but overwhelming! Here are some things that you can take care of before moving to Durham to make your arrival easier.
1. Get Your U.S. Visa
Bring the I-20 issued by Duke—it should be sent to you a couple of months before school begins in July—to the U.S. Embassy in your country to get your visa.
2. Get Those Shots
Get your vaccination record and check and see if you have completed Duke’s immunization requirements prior to your arrival on campus.
3. Start Looking for Apartments
The Heights at Lasalle, The Belmont, and the Lofts at Lakeview are the most common apartment locations where MMS students choose to live. With a 20-minute walk or 5-minute drive, you’ll be able to get to Fuqua from these places. Additionally, living close to your classmates makes it easier for you to meet with your team for group discussions. These apartments are in high demand, so make sure you get on the waitlist as soon as possible!
4. Set Up Internet and Electricity
Once you’ve found out where you’re living, search and contact Duke Energy for your electrical needs and Spectrum for internet. But check with your apartment complex first for guidance in case it has specific requirements or a special package for residents.
5. Get a Pre-Paid Phone Card
If you’re coming in from Raleigh-Durham International Airport, the fastest way to get to Durham can be to use Uber or Lyft. Make sure you have access to the Internet and those ridesharing apps on your phone and you’ll be all set.
6. Pack Business Casual and Business Professional Clothes
If you don’t already own business attire, there’s always Southpoint Mall that’s only a 15-minute drive from Fuqua.
7. Consider Furniture Options
Duke List and the “Fuqua for Sale” Facebook group are some good places to look for used furniture. Of course, you can always order new ones online and have them delivered to your door upon your arrival.
8. Check the Fuqua To-Do List
The to-do list should be mailed to you with your acceptance packet. It’s very important to follow it and the guidance of the Admissions department.
And one final thing—try to connect with other incoming students before arriving at Duke. Moving and adapting to another country is a lot easier when you have friends by your side from the beginning!