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Communication

Email

  • It is important to keep in touch with Illinois Tech while overseas. All correspondence from the Study Abroad Office and the various IIT departments and offices will come to you via your IIT email account, so it is imperative that you check this account regularly while abroad.
  • To find email addresses of other students or members of staff at IIT, use: http://phonebook.iit.edu/

Phones

  • The cell phone standard, Global Services for Mobiles (GSM) has been adopted in most countries and therefore using a GSM phone will substantially decrease your expenses. You can purchase a phone and pre-paid SIM card once you have arrived in your host country. You can add to your airtime by purchasing an airtime voucher. If you plan on using your current cell phone or smart phone, check with the carrier to inquire after any applicable fees. Know the country codes and make a plan with family and friends for how you will contact each other.
  • The most affordable means of calling home will be Skype or GoogleTalk, both of which are Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). For both programs, you will need to download the software, but once you do you will be able to call (or video chat to) friends and family at home for free.
  • Calling back home requires you to specify your country code. To call someone from another country dial the following: 011 + country code + phone number. For more information and a list of country codes visit http://www.howtocallabroad.com/

Blogs and Photo Sharing

  • Maintaining a blog while you are abroad can be a great way to process your experiences, share with family and friends, and create a personal record for yourself once you return home. Suggested sites include Facebook, WordPress and Blogger.
  • Also consider using photo-sharing sites as a way to connect with family and friends, such as Shutterfly, Picasa, Snapfish, and Flickr.