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Stage 3: Getting Ready to Go

Header: Pre-departure


Preparing to study abroad requires time, planning, and organizational skills. Once you have been approved to study abroad, there are still more steps to take. In addition to the information below, there will be specific paperwork, tasks and information related to your study abroad program to complete on your Global Education Portal. 

Complete ALL pre-departure paperwork in your Portal.

Review the Study Abroad Handbook

Review the Health & Safety Abroad webpages

Attend Pre-Departure Orientation

Meet with the Financial Aid Office if you have not yet done so


Pre-Departure Paperwork

Once you receive your acceptance e-mail from Global Education you will be notified to log back into your account to begin the Pre-Departure Paperwork stage. In this stage, you will work on important forms for your study abroad program, gather flight information, and other important documents that you will need to complete before you depart the country.

Some items on the Pre-Departure stage have early deadlines. You should start these as soon as possible otherwise it may hinder your ability to participate in the program. 


Pre-Departure Orientation

Pre-Departure Orientation is mandatory. Because of this, the date, time and location is included with your study abroad acceptance email. This orientation is CRUCIAL to prepare you for going abroad and is required for all students who have been accepted to study abroad. Complete as much of your Pre-Departure paperwork as you can, and read your Study Abroad Handbook carefully to prepare a list of questions to bring with you to orientation. It is also recommended to share your handbook with your guests coming with you to orientation. 

Friends and/or family are encouraged to attend the orientation with you, but not for you


Handbooks

Read your handbook thoroughly and prepare a list of questions for the Pre-Departure Orientation. It is recommended to share your handbook with your guests coming with you to orientation.

The purpose of this handbook is to help you prepare yourself for your study abroad experience. Within your handbook, you will find information that can facilitate your understanding of what to expect while studying abroad. Follow the directions below in order to best prepare for Pre-Departure Orientation:

READ the handbook in its entirety and prepare questions before the study abroad orientation.
SHARE a copy of the handbook with any person involved in the decision making process for your study abroad experience. They should have a copy of the handbook, regardless of whether or not they will be attending the Pre-Departure Orientation. Many questions can be answered by reading the handbook and by reviewing the information on this website.
ENSURE that you have access to your handbook to reference during your travels. 


Study Abroad Handbooks. Please select your specific program's handbook from the list below:

Australia

Chile

China

France

Germany

Japan

South Africa

Spain

United Kingdom

Locations & Programs: