A successful semester and summer abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, will be fully the responsibility of the student. In contrast to program specific orientation, preparatory forum are thematic and are designed to enhance a student’s preparation for global engagement. Students can attend as many as they might find helpful. These are not mandatory. Attendance is taken only to track interest so we can decide how many sessions to offer and what sized space to hold these in the future.

Study Abroad Orientation Spring

Updated Jan. 4, 2021, 3:22 PM EST.

Part 1: Attend your general study abroad orientation(s)

All Affiliate and Exchange Program Participants

Attend ONE of the following REQUIRED orientation sessions:

*Spring 2021 students, please refer to the October 7, 2020 email titled, “Spring 2021 study abroad on affiliate and exchange programs – Please Read!”

Elon Center participants do not need to attend a general study abroad orientation session. Continue to part 2 for your program-specific orientation session(s).

Part 2: Attend your program-specific orientation

Select one of the following programs to learn when your required orientation(s) are scheduled:

Elon Centers Abroad

All Other Programs

Elon Center Programs

Program Day, Date, Time and Location
Florence Center Abroad Logistics
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
4:15 PM
Global Commons 301 or Zoom (link forthcoming)

Visa Process
Tuesday, November 16, 2021
4:15 PM
Global Commons 301 or Zoom (link forthcoming)

Health & Safety
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
8:30 PM
Zoom (link forthcoming)

Student Panel
TBA (January)

London Center Abroad Logistics
Thursday, September 23m 2021
4:15 PM
Global Commons 301 or Zoom (link forthcoming)

TBA (October)

Student Panel
TBA (November)

Health & Safety
Thursday, December 16, 2021
8:30 PM
Zoom (link forthcoming)

Dunedin: Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education Center Abroad
Shanghai: Love School of Business Center Abroad N/A

All Other Programs

Program Day, Date, Time and Location
 ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires: Liberal Arts (CIEE) TBA
ARGENTINA, Córdoba: All programs (CC-CS) TBA
AUSTRALIA, Perth: Curtin University TBA
AUSTRALIA, Sunshine Coast:University of Sunshine Coast TBA
CHILE, Santiago:Liberal Arts (CIEE) TBA
CZECH REPUBLIC, Prague (CET) – All Programs Thursday, September 24
4:15 PM
Zoom (link sent via e-mail)
DENMARK, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) TBA
FRANCE, Montpellier: UNC in Montpellier TBA
FRANCE, Paris: NC Consortium Paris TBA
FRANCE, Metz: Georgia Tech Lorraine TBA
GERMANY, Berlin: Global Institute (CIEE) TBA
GERMANY, Heidelberg: The University of Heidelberg TBA
GHANA: Legon: Arts & Sciences (CIEE) TBA
INDIA, Pune (Alliance) TBA
IRELAND, Dublin (FIE) – All Programs Tuesday, September 29
4:15 PM
Zoom (link sent via e-mail)
ISRAEL, Jerusalem: Dance Jerusalem TBA
ITALY, Sorrento: Sant’Anna Institute Thursday, October 8
4:15 PM
Zoom (link sent via e-mail)
JAPAN: Kansai Gaidai University Wednesday, December 9

4:00 PM

Zoom (link sent via email)

JORDAN, Amman: Diplomacy & Policy Studies (CIEE) TBA
JORDAN, Amman: Language and Culture (CIEE) TBA

  • Dunedin: University of Otago (Arcadia)
  • Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington (Arcadia)

AUSTRALIA: Rainforest to Reef

BHUTAN: Himalayan Environment & Society in Transition

CAMBODIA & VIETNAM: The Living Mekong: Environmental Ethics & Conservation

COSTA RICA: Sustainable Development Studies

PANAMA: Tropical Island Biodiversity & Conservation Studies

PERU: Biodiversity & Development in the Amazon

TANZANIA: Wildlife Ecology & Management Studies

TURKS & CAICOS: Marine Resource Management Studies

SEMESTER AT SEA, Multiple Countries TBA
SINGAPORE – Nanyang Technological University TBA
NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam: International Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender
SERBIA, BOSNIA, & KOSOVO: Peace & Conflict Studies in the Balkans
MOROCCO, Rabat: Field Studies in Journalism & New Media
MOROCCO, Rabat: Multiculturalism & Human Rights

BRAZIL, Salvador: Public Health, Race, & Human Rights

PERU, Cusco: Indigenous Peoples & Globalization

RWANDA, Kigali: Post-Genocide Restoration & Peacebuilding

VIETNAM, Ho Chi Minh City: Culture, Social Change, & Development

SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town: Arts & Sciences (CIEE) TBD, to be set by program manager
SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town: Service – Learning  (CIEE) TBD, to be set by program manager
SPAIN, Alicante: All Programs  (CIEE) TBA
SOUTH KOREA, Seoul: Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) Thursday, December 17

8 AM

Zoom (link sent by email)

SPAIN, Barcelona: All Programs (CIEE) TBA
SPAIN, Seville: All Programs (CIEE) TBA
SWEDEN, Stockholm: Study Abroad in Scandinavia (DIS) TBA
UNITED KINGDOM, Brighton: University of Sussex TBA
UNITED KINGDOM, Glasgow: University of Glasgow TBA
UNITED KINGDOM, Oxford: St. Clare’s, Oxford TBA
UNITED KINGDOM, St. Andrews: University of St. Andrews TBA
UNITED KINGDOM: Theatre Academy London TBA


Part 3: Attend at least one preparatory forum

Preparatory forums are organized by topic and hosted by expert partners across campus.

While these are typically in-person events, for spring 2021, prep forums are all available remotely, linked from this page (below). Watch as many as you’d like: The advice here is tailor-made for global engagement students and is highly applicable.

Preparatory Forums for spring 2021 programs:

Study Abroad and Sustainability

Hosted by Kelly Harer in the Office of Sustainability.

Reduce your carbon footprint when you learn about what you can do before, during, and after your trip to contribute to sustainability wherever you go. You will have the opportunity to calculate carbon emissions for your trip and actions you can take to lower your carbon impact in other ways.

Strategies for Success: Returned Student Panel

Engage returned students about their experiences and receive tips for making your program the best it can be. You can connect with other students, too, from our Global Ambassadors page.

Hosted by Griffin Barriss ’21, Junie Vargas ’21, Kristiana Ringer ’21, Maggie Cornejo ’21, and Manny Tobe ’21.

Think Forward: Applying Study Abroad to Your Professional Development

Hosted by Alysia McGlone in the Student Professional Development Center.

Make sure your time abroad is full of “I’m so glad I did’s” instead of “I wish I had known’s.”  Join the SPDC to learn how you can use your time abroad to develop global, professional skills that will help you land that killer internship, job, or spot in a graduate program.

Planning for Post-Grad: International Scholarships and Fellowships

Hosted by Sarah Krech in the National and International Fellowships Office.

Learn strategies for maximizing your time abroad to prepare competitive applications for international fellowships. This session will be directed towards students interested in applying for Fulbright U.S. Student Grants to conduct research, complete graduate coursework, or teach English abroad. Learn more about the Fulbright application process.

Click to watch this prep forum.