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

Times, dates, and locations subject to change. Updated 10/24/2019, 11:29 AM.

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

All Affiliate and Exchange Program Participants

Attend ONE of the following REQUIRED orientation sessions:
Date Time Location
Friday, September 13, 2019 4-6 PM Global Commons 103
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4-6 PM Global Commons 301
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
3:30-5:30 PM Global Commons 103
Friday, October 4, 2019 3-5 PM Moseley 215

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
Thursday, September 26, 2019
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 301

Group Dinner

Wednesday, October 30, 2019
6-8 PM
Global Commons 301

Student Panel
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 301

Visa Process
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
4:15-4:45 PM
Online

London Center Abroad Logistics
Thursday, September 19, 2019
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 301

Visa Process
Date and time TBD
Online

Internship
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 301

Student Panel
Thursday, October 24, 2019
4:15 – 5:30 PM
Global Commons 301

Group Dinner
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
6-8 PM
Global Commons 301

Dunedin: School of Education Center Abroad
Logistics
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 301

Group Dinner
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
6-8 PM
Global Commons 301

Shanghai: Love School of Business Center Abroad N/A

All Other Programs

Program Day, Date, Time and Location
 ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires: Liberal Arts (CIEE) Tuesday, November 5
4:15 PM
Global Commons 201
ARGENTINA, Córdoba: All programs (CC-CS) Thursday, November 7
4:15 PM
Global Commons 201
AUSTRALIA, Perth: Curtin University N/A
AUSTRALIA, Sydney Tuesday, October 22
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 201
AUSTRALIA, Sunshine Coast:University of Sunshine Coast Tuesday, October 29
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 201
CHILE, Santiago:Liberal Arts (CIEE) Friday, November 8
3 PM
Global Commons 204
COSTA RICA, San José: ICDS Tuesday, November 12
4:15 PM
Global Commons 316
CZECH REPUBLIC, Prague (CET) – All Programs Tuesday, October 1
4:15 – 5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
DENMARK, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) Monday, October 28
4-5:15 PM OR 5:30-6:45 PM
Global Commons 301
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Santiago:All Programs (CIEE) TBA
FRANCE, Montpellier: UNC in Montpellier Thursday, October 24
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 203
FRANCE, Paris: NC Consortium Paris Thursday, October 24
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 203
FRANCE, Reims: NEOMA Thursday, October 24
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 203
FRANCE, Metz: Georgia Tech Lorraine TBA
GERMANY, Berlin: Global Institute (CIEE) Thursday, October 24
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 203
GERMANY, Heidelberg: The University of Heidelberg N/A
GHANA: Legon: Arts & Sciences (CIEE) TBD, to be set by program manager
INDIA, Pune (Alliance) TBD, to be set by program manager
IRELAND, Dublin (FIE) – All Programs Thursday, October 3
4:15 – 5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
ISRAEL, Jerusalem: Dance Jerusalem TBD, to be set by program manager
ITALY, Sorrento: Sant’Anna Institute Thursday, October 10
4:15 – 5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
JAPAN: Kansai Gaidai University Wednesday, October 23
4:14-5:15 PM
Rhonda’s Office, Global Commons 308
JORDAN, Amman: Diplomacy & Policy Studies (CIEE) TBD, to be set by program manager
JORDAN, Amman: Language and Culture (CIEE) TBD, to be set by program manager
NEW ZEALAND:

  • Dunedin: University of Otago (Arcadia)
  • Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington (Arcadia)
TBA
SCHOOL FOR FIELD STUDIES (SFS) – All Programs

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

Wednesday, September 25
11:15-12:15 PM
Global Commons 203
SEMESTER AT SEA, Multiple Countries Thursday, October 24
4:15-5:30 PM
KOBC 306
SINGAPORE – Nanyang Technological University TBA
SIT:
NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam: International Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender
N/A
SIT:
SERBIA, BOSNIA, & KOSOVO: Peace & Conflict Studies in the Balkans
N/A
SIT:
MOROCCO, Rabat: Field Studies in Journalism & New Media
N/A
SIT:
MOROCCO, Rabat: Multiculturalism & Human Rights
TBA
SIT

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

TBD, to be set by program manager
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) Tuesday, October 29
4:15 PM
Global Commons 204
SPAIN, Barcelona: All Programs (CIEE) Friday, November 1
3 PM
Global Commons 201
SPAIN, Seville: All Programs (CIEE) Thursday, October 31
4:15 PM
Global Commons 301
SWEDEN, Stockholm: Study Abroad in Scandinavia (DIS) TBA
UNITED KINGDOM,Bath: ASE Bath TBD, to be set by program manager
UNITED KINGDOM, Brighton: University of Sussex TBD, to be set by program manager
UNITED KINGDOM, Glasgow: University of Glasgow To be scheduled individually by program manager
UNITED KINGDOM, Oxford: St. Clare’s, Oxford TBA
UNITED KINGDOM, St. Andrews: University of St. Andrews To be scheduled individually by program manager
UNITED KINGDOM: Theatre Academy London TBD, to be set by program manager

Part 3: Attend at least one preparatory forum

Title Date & Location Description
Citizen Diplomacy Monday, October 21

4-5 PM

Global Commons 301

Citizen diplomacy is an idea where students, scholars, artists, and professionals can engage with others while abroad to promote mutual understanding and help advance U.S. foreign relations one conversation at a time. Learn some new skills to help you be an effective cultural ambassador during your time overseas.
Planning for Post-Grad: International Scholarships and Fellowships Tuesday, November 5

4-5 PM

Global Commons 301

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.
Travel Like an Anthropologist – Travel Like You Mean It Thursday, November 7

3-4 PM

Global Commons 301

In this presentation, Anthropology faculty share their insights on traveling abroad from the perspective of their discipline. They bring to the forefront how an anthropological perspective can enrich study abroad by focusing on understanding the culture concept, introducing some key elements of participant-observation that are useful in the cross-cultural context, considering ethical issues that frequently arise, and offering some insider tips on achieving successful on cross-cultural encounters.
World’s Declassified Study Abroad Survival Guide Monday, November 11

5:30-7 PM

The CREDE, Moseley Center 221

This workshop is a student-led initiative geared towards students of color, students who identify as LGBTQIA+, and first-generation college students. This workshop is spearheaded by two Spring 2019 Gilman Scholars, Ashley Jutras and Chandler Posey.
Women Abroad: Strategies for Health and Safety Wednesday, November 13

4-5:30 PM

Moseley 215

Join us for an informative session facilitated by the Gender & LGBTQIA Center on health and wellness issues unique to female-identified students abroad.
Dollars and Sense for Study Abroad Thursday, November 14

4:15-5:15 PM

Moseley 216

Learn some tips for how to budget your money while abroad from a panel of study abroad students who have returned from study abroad plus a GEC staff person.

How should you spend your money while abroad? How do you keep your money safe while abroad? Get your questions answered and learn some useful strategies for budgeting and prioritizing costs while abroad.

Strategies for Success: Returned Student Panel Tuesday, November 19

4:30-5:30 PM

Global Commons 301

Engage returned students about their experiences and receive tips for making your program the best it can be.
Sustainable Travel Wednesday, December 4

4-5 PM

Global Commons 301

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.
Think Forward: Applying Study Abroad to Your Professional Development Thursday, December 5

4-5 PM

Global Commons 103

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.
Where in the World is Religion? Strategies for Encountering Religious Diversity from Australia to Zimbabwe TBA You’re walking down a city street on your study abroad course and you pass a temple; the sounds and smells coming out are intriguing, but you can’t decide whether to go in because you don’t know how to conduct yourself. A Muslim woman in a headscarf strikes up a conversation with you and invites you home to tea, but you hesitate to accept because you don’t know much about her religion and don’t want to offend anybody. Our inhibitions about other peoples’ religious practices or our commitments to our own constrain us from fully embracing the model of global citizenship. In this session, there will be an informal presentation followed by a chance to answer questions relevant to your specific program and location.