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

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 14, 2018  CANCELLED
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 4:15-6:15 PM Global Commons 103
Friday, October 5, 2018  3-5 PM McKinnon D
Wednesday, October 10, 2018  7:15-9:15 AM Global Commons 103

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
Friday, September 28, 2018
3-4:15 PM
Global Commons 301

Group Dinner

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
6-8 PM
Global Commons 301Student Panel
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 103Visa Process
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 103
London Center Abroad Logistics
Thursday, September 20, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 103Visa Process
Date and time TBD
OnlineStudent Panel
Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:15 – 5:30 PM
Global Commons 103Group Dinner
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
6-8 PM
Global Commons 301
Dunedin: School of Education Center Abroad
Logistics
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 200Group Dinner
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
6-8 PM
Location TBD
Shanghai: Love School of Business Center Abroad Logistics
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204

Group Dinner & Student Panel
 
Date, time and location: TBD

Visa Orientation
Monday, January 8, 2018
8:30-9:30 PM
Online

All Other Programs

Program Day, Date, Time and Location
 ARGENTINA, Buenos Aires: Liberal Arts (CIEE) Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
ARGENTINA, Córdoba: All programs (CC-CS) Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
AUSTRALIA, Perth: Curtin University TBD, to be set by program manager
AUSTRALIA, Sydney Tuesday, October 16, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
AUSTRALIA, Sunshine Coast:University of Sunshine Coast Thursday, October 25, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 301
CHILE, Santiago:Liberal Arts (CIEE) Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
COSTA RICA, San José: ICDS Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
CZECH REPUBLIC, Prague (CET) – All Programs Tuesday, October 2, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
DENMARK, Copenhagen: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) Thursday, October 4, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 301
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, Santiago:All Programs (CIEE) Thursday, October 18, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
FRANCE, Montpellier: UNC in Montpellier TBD, to be set by program manager
FRANCE, Paris: NC Consortium Paris Wednesday, November 28, 2018

7:30-9 AM

Global Commons 301

GERMANY, Berlin: Global Institute (CIEE) Tuesday, October 23, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 301
GERMANY, Heidelberg: The University of Heidelberg TBD, to be set by program manager
GHANA: Legon: Arts & Sciences (CIEE) TBD, to be set by program manager
INDIA, Pune (Alliance) TBD, to be set by program manager
IRELAND, Dublin: Dublin Business School and School of Arts  (FIE) TBD, to be set by program manager
IRELAND, Dublin (FIE):

Dublin Business School and School of Arts

Trinity College Dublin

University College Dublin (UCD)

TBD, to be set by program manager
ISRAEL, Jerusalem: Dance Jerusalem TBD, to be set by program manager
ITALY, Sorrento: Sant’Anna Institute Tuesday, October 17, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204
JAPAN: Kansai Gaidai University Thursday, November 1, 2018
4:15-5:15 PM
Location TBD
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)
Dunedin:
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
4:15-5:30
Global Commons 301Wellington:
TBD
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

TBD, to be set by program manager
SEMESTER AT SEA, Multiple Countries Friday, October 19, 2018
3:14-4:30
Global Commons 204
SINGAPORE – Nanyang Technological University Tuesday, October 23, 2018
4-5:15 PM
Location TBD
SIT:
NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam: International Perspectives on Sexuality & Gender
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
9:00-10:00 AM
Global Commons 204
SIT:
SERBIA, BOSNIA, & KOSOVO: Peace & Conflict Studies in the Balkans
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
3:30-4:15 PM
Global Commons 204
SIT:
MOROCCO, Rabat: Field Studies in Journalism & New Media
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
4:15-5:15 PM
Global Commons 204
SIT:
MOROCCO, Rabat: Multiculturalism & Human Rights
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
4:15-5:15 PM
Global Commons 204
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) Thursday, September 27, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 103
SPAIN, Barcelona: All Programs (CIEE) Logistics
Thursday, September 27, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 103
SPAIN, Seville: All Programs (CIEE) Logistics
Thursday, September 27, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 103
SPAIN, Toledo: Fundación José Ortega (Arcadia) Thursday, September 27, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 103
SWEDEN, Stockholm: Study Abroad in Scandinavia (DIS) Thursday,October 4, 2018
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 301
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, Oxford: St. Clare’s, Oxford Site-Specific Orientation:
Thursday,October 19, 2017
4:15-5:30 PM
Global Commons 204Visa Orientation:
Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:15-5:30 PM
Oaks 205
UNITED KINGDOM: Theatre Academy London TBD, to be set by program manager
Note: Dates and locations are subject to change. Updated 9/03/2018

Part 3: Attend at least one preparatory forum

Title Date & Location Description
Women Abroad: Strategies for Health and Safety Thursday, November 8, 2018

4:15-5:15 PM

Global Commons 103

Join us for an informative session facilitated by the Gender & LGBTQIA Center on health and wellness issues unique to female-identified students abroad.
Where in the World is Religion? Strategies for Encountering Religious Diversity from Australia to Zimbabwe Tuesday, November 13, 2018

5:30-6:30 PM

Alamance 207

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, Hal Vincent (Communications), Evan Gatti (Art History), Amy Allocco (Religious Studies), and Brian Pennington (Religious Studies) and Joel Harter (Truitt Center) will greet you over catered snacks and offer a brief informal presentation followed by a chance to answer questions relevant to your specific program and location.
Sustainable Travel Tuesday, November 27, 2018

4:15-5:15 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.
Travel Like an Anthropologist – Travel Like You Mean It Wednesday, November 28, 2018

4:30 – 5:30 PM

Lindner 206

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.
BEVI: Measure the impact of your study away Thursday, November 29, 2018

6-7 PM

Global Commons 301

#YOLO … so deepen your global education by participating in the BEVI (beliefs, events, and values inventory), a detailed online survey that will help you better understand your personal growth before, during, and after your study abroad or Study USA experience. In this session you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about how you can frame your global worldview using the BEVI and best prepare yourself to take the most advantage of this potentially intense leaning experience. You’ll also have the chance to earn some special graduation regalia to signify you as a global learner.

**Please take the BEVI before attending this session.**

Instructions and link available in your MyElonGlobal application.

Citizen Diplomacy Friday, November 30, 2018

2:30-3:30 PM

Lindner 206

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 Friday, November 30, 2018

3:30-4:30 PM

Lindner 206

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.
Tell Your Story: Digital storytelling and ethics in social media Tuesday, December 4, 2018

4:15-5:15 PM

Global Commons 301

Storytelling is a powerful and ancient practice brought into the 21st Century through social media. Learn from digital storytelling experts the best way to tell your #ElonGlobal story while also being authentic to your experience and respectful of the local cultures around you.
Strategies for Success: Returned Student Panel Tuesday, December 4, 2018

5:30-6:30 PM

Global Commons 301

Engage returned students about their experiences and receive tips for making your program the best it can be.
Budgeting While Abroad Wednesday, December 5, 2018

5 – 6 PM

Global Commons 200

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.

Think Forward: Applying Study Abroad to Your Professional Development Thursday, December 6, 2018

4:15-5:15 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.
The Skin I’m In: Perspectives on Race & Ethnicity Abroad  CANCELLED 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? Study abroad returnees and faculty/staff of color will share their insights on traveling overseas and discuss resources available to students.
Global OUTreach:  LGBTQIA Topics While Studying Away/Abroad CANCELLED Have questions about identifying as LGBTQIA while studying away/abroad? Concerned about housing options, safety concerns, global political climate, and navigating an unknown environment? Join us for this Global OUTreach session hosted jointly by the Gender & LGBTQIA Center and Global Education Center. We’ll cover these topics & want to hear any questions you have. We’ll also have 2 juniors/seniors who can share their experiences about being LGBTQIA and what they considered while studying away/abroad.
Strategies for Self-Care While Abroad
CANCELLED Studying abroad comes with a lot of change and transition… it takes guts! Practicing self-care is an important skill in everyday life and extremely important while abroad. We cannot be our best selves without taking care of ourselves. Come learn about your own personal self-care style and learn some tips/tricks to making sure you take care of yourself during this awesome adventure.

Part 4: Review the online orientation modules

Required for All Semester Students:

Students must complete ALL online orientation modules and assessments through their MyElonGlobal application homepage.