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 September 23, 2022 at 3:30 PM

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

All Affiliate and Exchange Program Participants

Attend ONE of the following REQUIRED orientation sessions:

Friday, September 23, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM, KOBC 101

— OR —

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 3:30-4:30 PM, McEwan 013

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, October 4, 2022
4:25 PM
Global Commons 301

Small Group Meetings

Visa Process
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
4:25 PM

Health & Safety
Pre-recorded & distributed via e-mail

Student Panel
TBA (January)

Pre-departure Q&A

London Center Abroad Logistics
Tuesday, September 20
4:25 PM
Global Commons 103

Wednesday, October 19

Group Dinner

Student Panel
TBA (November)

Health & Safety
Pre-recorded & distributed via e-mail

Pre-departure Q&A

Dunedin: Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education Center Abroad

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
AUSTRALIA, University of Sydney TBA
CHILE, Santiago: Liberal Arts (CIEE) TBA
CHINA, Shanghai: Chinese Studies & Internship (CET) Will schedule individually.
COSTA RICA, San José: ICDS Will schedule individually.
CZECH REPUBLIC, Prague (CET) – All Programs TBA


DENMARK, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) TBA
ECUADOR, Quito: Universidad San Francisco de Quito (UNCW) TBA
EGYPT, Cairo: American University of Cairo (AUC) TBA
FRANCE, Metz: Georgia Tech Lorraine Will schedule individually.
FRANCE, Montpellier: UNC in Montpellier TBA
FRANCE, Paris: NC Consortium Paris TBA
GERMANY, Berlin: Open Campus (CIEE) TBA
GERMANY, Heidelberg: The University of Heidelberg TBA
GHANA: Legon: Arts & Sciences (CIEE) TBA
IRELAND, Dublin (FIE) – All Programs Monday, October 10, 2022
11:45 AM
ITALY, Sorrento: Sant’Anna Institute Logistics
Monday, October 31, 2022
Time TBA
Location TBA

Visa process
Tuesday, October 25, 2022
4:25 PM

JAPAN: Kansai Gaidai University TBA
JORDAN, Amman: Middle East Studies (CIEE) TBA

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

BHUTAN: Himalayan Environment & Society in Transition

CHILE: Wild Patagonia: Fire and Ice

TANZANIA: Wildlife Ecology & Management Studies

TURKS & CAICOS: Marine Resource Management Studies

SEMESTER AT SEA, Multiple Countries TBA
SINGAPORE – Nanyang Technological University TBA
SIT programs:

MOROCCO, Rabat: Multiculturalism & Human Rights

NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam: International Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender

PERU, Cusco: Indigenous Peoples & Globalization

RWANDA, Kigali: Post-Genocide Restoration & Peacebuilding

SERBIA, BOSNIA, & KOSOVO: Peace & Conflict Studies in the Balkans

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

SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town: Arts & Sciences (CIEE) TBA
SOUTH AFRICA, Cape Town: Open Campus (CIEE) TBA
SOUTH KOREA, Seoul: Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) TBA
SPAIN, Barcelona: All Programs (CIEE) TBA
SPAIN, Bilbao (API): 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. Details for in-person sessions are listed below, alongside pre-recorded sessions. Attend and watch as many as you’d like — the advice here is tailor-made for study abroad students!

Preparatory Forums:

World’s Declassified Study Abroad Survival Guide: Perspectives on Race & Ethnicity Abroad

Wednesday, October 26
6-7 PM
Global Commons 301

Join us for a dialogue where we explore the impact of race, ethnicity and identity while abroad. What does it mean to be a student of color who studies abroad? How might race & ethnicity intersect with other identities in a different cultural context? Students of color will share their insights on traveling overseas and discuss resources available to students.

Facilitators: Keiarra Bray (studied in Cape Town, South Africa), Jennifer Tran (studied in Dublin, Ireland)


Sustainable Travel


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.


Think Forward: Applying Study Abroad to Your Professional Development


Hosted by 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

Click to watch this prep forum.

Hosted by 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.