One of my last steps for my year abroad is to apply for a visa. It is a lot of paperwork, and I am going to have a personal interview at the embassy, which I arranged today. So the next days I’m going to collect all the informations for the forms, going to a photographer and pay the fees. The whole procedure for the non-immigrant visa application can be read here.
The last days I got my courses and an Emory e-mail address assigned. I got almost all courses for which I subscribed. Sadly, I didn’t get the most important one, which is Strategic Management. But there is still a chance to get into this class in the Add/Drop/Swap-Week – the first week of the semester. Anyway, at this time I’m subscribed at the following courses:
- Marketing Strategy (Marketing)
- Ideation (Marketing)
- Negotiations (Organization and Management)
- Consulting (Organization and Management)
- Leading and Managing Change (Organization and Management)
- Business Communications (Communication)
I have to decide on four courses which is the usual workload of the students at this university. So I’m going to drop two or three of them–depending on the Strategic Management course…
A few minutes ago I received an email with my Emory Student ID. Next steps are to review the class schedule and to get familiar with the information systems.
Today I booked my flight to Atlanta. On Friday, August 22nd I take a nonstop flight from Munich to Atlanta by Delta Airlines. I have provided a countdown on my start page–less than three months!
Yesterday, the forms and documents about health and financial matters and course selections and application were sent back to Emory. Now, I am waiting to receive the form (Certificate of Eligibility) for processing my visa for the States.
Today I received the confirmation of acceptance from Emory University, which is quite a milestone! Things are moving! After housing–living on- or off-campus–is clarified, I will book the flight. Further, I have to check which courses are available for me and make up a shortlist afterwards which is important to qualify for any scholarship. Also, it speeds up transferring the credit to my curriculum here at JKU after coming back. Atlanta, I’m coming!
When I decided for a live as full-time student I was driven by two things: to finish my studies as fast as possible and to spend a year abroad. I guess this is indispensable to get a basic idea about things happening in the world. Further, language improvement and becoming familiar with other cultures are important facts. Moreover, moving abroad is crucial for self-development.
So I started my preparations in September last year by reading several reports from former exchange students to get a basic idea about studying abroad. I have also met some students and they shared their experiences. Soon, I decided to go to an English-speaking non-European country. The application was handed in on January 31st and after a waiting period of several weeks I got the invitation for the personal interview which was on March 4th. Thereafter, I received the nomination for Emory University / Goizueta Business School after a couple of days on March 17, which was the kickoff for extensive preparation work. Vaccinations need to be done, lots of certificates had to be obtained. And the courses have to be selected. Now, this work is almost finished and the documents are going to be sent in the next few days. I’m looking forward to spend a great time in Atlanta!
Header photo “Downtown Atlanta Night” by Evilarry