Pre-Departure Information

You are about to embark on one of the most enriching and exciting experiences in your college career.  The benefits to be gained through the ILR Credit Internship Program are not only academic, but personal.  Academically, you have a truly unique opportunity to gain an understanding of work and workplace relations in the global economy by working with some of the foremost unions, corporations, labor & employment law firms, and non-governmental organizations in the world.  Personally, we hope you gain insights not only into a new country and culture, but also into yourselves.

Listed below is important pre-departure information we have compiled to prepare you for your semester abroad, along with some general resources that we hope will ease your transition.  Studying and living abroad requires attending to numerous details.  Please take time to review the information below as you prepare for your semester abroad.  If you have specific questions, please contact Brigid Beachler at for assistance.

Final Pre-Departure Checklist

Please be sure to read this pre-departure checklist (PDF, 62 KB) over carefully to ensure you have completed all of the necessary paperwork for the program.


Our best advice on luggage and packing is to PACK LIGHT!  While this maybe hard to do, you will thank yourself in the end!   Take only those things you feel are most important and that you will actually use.  Be sure to pack things for both social activities like hiking as well as more formal events that you may choose to attend.  You are likely to accumulate many new things (souvenirs, gifts, books, etc.) during your semester, so leave a bit of extra room in your luggage.

Also keep in mind, that most airlines have fairly rigid restrictions on both carry-on and checked luggage.  You should contact your airline to confirm both weight and excess baggage restrictions for international flights.  You may be charged significant fees if you go over these limits.

Here is a packing checklist (PDF, 49 KB) of useful items you may consider bringing with you.