There are three components to the study abroad pre-departure orientation: the general, regional, and online tutorial. Students are required to participate in all aspects of the orientation including reviewing online materials and attending both the general and regional orientations.
The general orientation covers topics like health and safety, culture shock, student conduct, and career preparation. Students will have the opportunity to speak with professionals from the Student Health Center, Counseling Center, Career Center, and Student Conduct Office.
Date: Friday, November 10
Location: Andrews Hall 101
The regional orientation explores information specific to students’ region or country. This orientation provides students with a closer look into the culture and academic system of their region or country. Students will explore cultural differences and similarities of the host destination. Exchange students, faculty, staff, and former study abroad students may be invited to the regional orientation to discuss their personal experiences with the region.
Some of the topics covered in the regional orientation include passports and visas, budgeting, packing, academics, communication, culture, travel, housing, health, and safety.
The online orientation, What’s Up with Culture, is a training resource designed to support and enhance the cultural adjustment of students studying abroad. The training is self-guided. It contains intercultural communication topics and explores how culture impacts experiences and learning abroad.
Students can access What’s Up with Culture online.