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)
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
Elon Centers Abroad
All Other Programs
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Dominican Republic
- New Zealand
- School for Field Studies
- Semester at Sea
- South Africa
- South Korea
Elon Center Programs
All Other Programs
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.