••hobby materials/musical instruments;
••a few books in the native language;
••a book about the country or recent magazines to share
with family and friends.
students are responsible for the cost of meals eaten outside
the host family home. An individual student’s appetite and
choice of restaurants (sandwich shops, fast food, formal
dining, etc.) will determine how much money any given
student should budget to meet this expense.
The things brought by the students are to help share some
important parts of their life with North American family and
friends; they are not intended to significantly distract from
life in the US.
Bank accounts. It is advisable to open a bank account
(checking and/or savings) in the US. A W-8 form is needed,
and the student can obtain one from the bank. Having an
account in the US will help students if there is ever a need to
transfer money from the home country.