Large Group Study Abroad Orientation
The Large Group Study Abroad Orientation is a mandatory meeting for all students that will be studying abroad on semester/academic year programs or short term exchange/direct enroll programs (Scotland ISS, Hessen) only. Students participating in the National Student Exchange program to Canada or Puerto Rico are encouraged to attend.
Orientations for travel courses (also mandatory) will be conducted by the course leader and cover similar material to that of the large group orientation. Dates and times will be sent after acceptance by the course leader(s) or the Office of International Education.
The large group orientation is tentatively scheduled in late October/early November. Updates will be provided after program acceptance. Parents or other guests are welcome to attend (up to 2 per student).
Semester and short term exchange/direct enroll students are also required to attend an individual program orientation to receive specific information about their study abroad location and necessary documents that need to be completed. This orientation is scheduled after program acceptance and students will be notified through their online application. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Study Abroad Coordinator.
The better prepared you are for your study abroad experience, the more meaningful it will be. In the months preceding departure you will need to pay attention to numerous details.
The Office of International Education and your faculty leaders will conduct orientation programs to help you start your adventure off right. Orientation meetings are mandatory and will, at a minimum, cover the following topics:
- Travel Documents (passport, visa, etc.)
- Travel Arrangements (flight arrangements, ground transport, etc.)
- Housing Information
- Health and Safety (what to do, what not to do, immunizations, insurance coverage)
- Financial matters (payment schedules, financial aid, how to build a budget for travel, how to access money overseas, etc.)
- Communication With Family and Friends
- Host Culture (History, Customs, Laws, Politics, Etc.)
- Culture Shock and Reentry
- Academic Expectations
- Student Conduct