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Hi everyone. I'm finally on my way to Boston to start my MBA at MIT Sloan.

For those of you lucky enough to be moving to a new city/State/country to embark on your MBA I wanted to share my key checklist for your reference.

Checklist for Offer:

  • Finalise verification process, i.e. how your b school will check all the details you provided in your application (be warned!) – it involved a lot of prompting from me (my status is still a mystery) as well as a request to defer my employment check (until I resigned)
  • Complete Medical Report form – to be eligible to use b school’s medical facilities and (I think) enrol in classes
  • Create headshot – used in school photobook (seen by all your classmates)
  • Resign from job, return cell/keys/pass/laptop etc.
  • Summer academic preparation – take diagnostic tests (if applicable) and bone up on any weaknesses. Not loving Calculus right now and way behind on micro-economics but I’m sure it will be fine…
  • Read unofficial student guide – past and current Sloan students put together a really helpful instruction manual for newbies, which I’ve referred to time and time again :)
  • Complete incoming student survey – also used to select electives and tracks (if applicable) so requires some planning

Accommodation:

  • Decide location and agree ‘must haves’/’desirables’ – this could be a whole post in itself(!) as it took a whole week in Boston to find somewhere that worked and was still available at the end of the day. Be flexible!
  • Get pay-as-you-go phone – saved a fortune in US calls to realtors during that week (see above)
  • Take out renters insurance
  • Agree UK ‘farewell tour’ dates – complicated for me since I don’t live in my home country and needed to say farewell to family, friends etc.
  • Hotel for first night in US – we arrived at 8pm local time, it was great to have a cooked breakfast the next day before we moved into our new home!

Finance:

  • Send in Graduate Loan Application Form – think this is a standard requirement for US students to be eligible to apply for financial aid
  • Open bank account in US (I went with MIT’s Federal Credit Union for the time being)
  • Create a cost of living budget – useful to plan when cash is needed if you don’t hold a lot of US Dollars…
  • Unwind investments and convert to USD – worth thinking about if your college fund is invested in equities and the global economy has gone to pot! ;)
  • Get UK/US tax advice – again, complicated for me given I don’t live in my home country and had(have) no idea if I’ll stay in the US post-graduation
  • Submit final receipts for local health insurance cover (before it expires) – I managed to get most of my vaccinations free!
  • Look into social security scheme in UK (or your home country) – worth considering as you’ll be out of the workforce for two years

Legal:

  • Research visa application process, obtain I-20 certificate, go to US Embassy – self-explanatory and most b schools will help you with this, but obviously very important to be ready in time (note to Round 3 applicants!)
  • Check out visa and immunisation requirements for my dog – this was actually more complicated than the human visa process!

Travel and Healthcare:

  • Research flight options and book – keep in mind there may be restrictions on your visa about when you’re allowed to enter the US (30 days prior to registration day in my case)
  • Research cargo options for my dog, obtain Health Certificate, update passport etc. – more complicated when conducted in your non-native tongue!
  • Arrange furniture transportation to US, complete insurance form, US Customs forms etc. – worth paying your haulier to handle in my opinion
  • Sell car :( and arrange hire car for last few weeks
  • Compare student medical health plans and enrol, check translations (problem for me as my kids’ medical records are in Greek)
  • Check life insurance and critical illness cover – hopefully not a major issue for most of you but when you have kids…
  • Check which immunisations (MMR, Hepatitis B, Varicella, Meningococcal Polysaccharide) are required – it turned out I wasn’t properly immunised against several diseases; useful to know!

So it was a bit of a random order but I hope it helps to get a few ideas in your heads when you’ve got an offer (or offers!) on the table.

Please check out the original post here http://topdogmba.com/2015/08/20/ticket-to-ride/ and my blog site for more advice and tips http://topdogmba.com/
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