William and Mary

Pre-Departure Orientations

We highly recommend that you attend a Pre-Departure Orientation before you leave for study abroad. These orientations prepare students for a meaningful study abroad experience. Some topics covered are:

  • Cross cultural sensitivity and understanding
  • Preparing to go
  • Staying healthy and safe while abroad
  • Travel tips
  • Communcating with friends and family while abroad
  • Country specific information
  • How to make the most out of your experience

 Sessions usually consist of a combination of large and small group discussions, and are largely facilitated by peers who have studied abroad. They will provide you will very useful information and can answer many of your questions. The orientations provide a good place to meet and talk with other students preparing to go abroad.

Pre-Departure Orientations are held in mid November for those students studying abroad the following spring semester and in mid April for students studying abroad in the summer and following fall semester. Students must register their attendance by completing the questionnaire on their online portal at  Contact Debi DeBacco at with questions.

Pre-Departure Orientation dates for Summer and Fall 2012 study abroad will be:

W&M Exchange and Assisted Enrollment programs:

  • Saturday, April 14, 2012   
  • 1-3 pm; UK, Australia and McGill
  • 3-5 pm; Western Europe and Asia 
  • Reves Room     

All other programs:

  • Sunday, April 15, 2012         
  •  4-6:30 pm    
  •  Washington Hall