International Studies & Programs

Leaving Your Host Country

Program evaluation

After your program has ended, you will receive an email from the Office for Education Abroad requesting that you complete an online evaluation. Course instructors will not review student evaluations until after grades have been submitted. The information you provide will be crucial in helping the academic units and the Office for Education Abroad make program improvements and will provide valuable information to students participating in future study abroad programs. Thank you for taking the time to complete this important step as you conclude your study abroad experience.

Customs information

The U.S. government requires you to pay duty on goods purchased abroad and brought into the United States. You should know and understand these requirements before you leave so that there are no problems when you return. You must declare expensive and/or foreign goods that you will take with you before you leave the United States so that you are not charged duty on them when you return. If you are taking imported articles such as cameras, binoculars, watches, laptops, etc., register these foreign-made articles with U.S. Customs (before you leave the U.S.) to avoid extra duty charges upon re-entry.

Your exemption is $800 (retail value) on articles acquired abroad, if:

  • Articles are for personal use or gifts
  • Articles accompany you
  • Articles are declared to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
  • You have been out of the country for at least 48 hours (Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are exempt from the 48-hour limitation)
  • You have not claimed the exemption within the preceding 30 days
  • Articles are not prohibited or restricted

Upon your return, group purchases together and keep receipts ready for U.S. Customs inspection. Should you bring back foreign pharmaceuticals, have the prescriptions ready to present.

You must declare, at the price paid, everything acquired abroad, including gifts given to you and articles worn or used. If you fail to declare or if you understate the value, penalties may be severe. You cannot bring meat, fruits, vegetables, protected cultural artifacts, or Cuban cigars into the United States.