Pre-Departure Orientation

Students participating on a year, semester or summer study abroad program will be required to attend the Pre-Departure Conference hosted by EA. At the conference, students attendees choose from several 30-minute information sessions that they feel will best help them prepare for their time abroad. The conference will end with students participating in region-specific meetings, in which EA staff will share essential health and safety information. Recently returned study abroad alumni will also be present to share their perspective and expertise through a Q & A session. The conference is typically held in late-October/early-November for Spring and Calendar Year students and early April for Summer, Fall, and Academic Year students.

NOTE: Students participating on a fall break or spring break faculty-led program will attend a Pre-Departure Webinar. Students will need access to a computer (and headphones if in a public place) to view the webinar. The day and time of the webinar will be communicated to the students by EA once the program is confirmed.

Event Details

The following details for the Pre-Departure Conference are for students participating on Spring semester and Calendar Year study abroad programs.

  • When: TBA
  • Time: TBA
  • Where: TBA


The conference will offer 2 – 3 sessions per block from which students can choose. Sessions will include:

  • Social Media and Ethics
  • Identity Abroad
  • International Travel
  • Budgeting and Finances
  • Career Center and Maximizing your study abroad experience
  • Culture Shock and Intercultural Communication
  • Visas & Immigration
  • Health Center & Self Care

Resource Fair

Prior to the start of the conference, EA will host a resource fair for students to talk with relevant offices prior to the first session. The following offices will be available:

  • Financial Aid
  • Scholarship Office
  • Student Health Center
  • Office of Global Education and Engagement
  • Peer Advisors
  • Office of Identity, Equity and Engagement