Things you should get started on right away
Apply for a passport. Getting a passport can take a few months, so it’s best to start as soon as you can. When it’s crunch time, you will have one less thing to worry about, and passports are good for ten years. Visit your local post office to get started.
Book your flight. The sooner, the better. Flights become more expensive as you move closer to the date of departure, so as soon as you find out when to schedule your flights, go for it. Be sure and review the details with your program so you know where to meet at the airport, where you will be picked up, etc.