When preparing to go abroad it is always smart to have some local currency on hand when you first get off the plane. We recommend getting $100 to $150 in your host country’s currency from your local bank before leaving. This will allow you to become familiar with the look and feel of the currency, and you will have one less thing to think about upon arrival at the airport. Please remember however that most U.S. travelers are able to obtain local currency from ATMs in the airports abroad without problems.
Be sure to check your specific program location pre-departure sections for information on the local currency in your host country.