~make sure your I-20 is not expired, and is signed for travel on the third page. The signature cannot be more than one year old, as of the day you will RETURN to the US (not leave). Please stop by the IES office if you need a new signature, or you would like us to check your SEVIS (immigration) record to make sure it is active and in good status.
Visa and Passport:
~check your visa and passport, make sure they are valid. If you will need to apply for a new visa, please let us know if you would like assistance with this process.
I-94 Entry record:
~be prepared to turn in your I-94 card with your airline when you leave the US, if you will have a paper card. Sometimes they forget -- make sure to gently remind them if this is the case.
If you have the newer electronic I-94 record, and not a paper card, you don't need to turn in anything when you leave. Your departure is recorded electronically.
~consider taking a copy of your transcripts -- this is not required, but if you are at all nervous about traveling, this might help. You can use it to prove that you have been doing what your I-20 says you've been doing while in the US.
Entry Requirements for countries other than your own:
~double-check entry requirements for the country(ies) you are visiting other than your own if you are unfamiliar with them.