Pre-departure Orientation

We want you to be as prepared as possible when you travel out into the world. For that reason, we require that everyone who is studying abroad participate in a Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation (PDO) session prior to going abroad. Many program providers also conduct these sessions at the beginning of their programs after you arrive in country that are specific to your program.


Even if your program provider or host university conducts an orientation, UA requires you to attend Education Abroad’s Pre-Departure Orientation. Travel safety, UA policies and procedures, and advice for cultural adjustment will be covered during this session. We make sure to build in time for you to meet other UA students traveling to the same area of the world. As we give so much important information at these sessions, your attendance is required. Failure to attend this meeting will result in being dropped from your program.

Pre-Departure Orientations for Summer 2023 and Fall 2023 study abroad programs will be offered throughout the Spring 2023 semester at the following times and locations:
  • Feb. 21, 4:00-7:00 pm, 1014 North Lawn
  • March 6, 1:00-4:00 pm, 2008 North Lawn
  • March 24, 1:00-4:00 pm, 2008 North Lawn
  • April 5, 4:00-7:00 pm, 1000 North Lawn
  • April 11, 4:00-7:00 pm, 1000 North Lawn
  • April 24, 1:00-4:00 pm, 2008 North Lawn
  • April 25, 4:00-7:00 pm, 1000 North Lawn
  • April 26, 1:00-4:00 pm, 2008 North Lawn
  • April 27, 2:00-5:00 pm, Virtual (Zoom)


Remember, you will only need to participate in one PDO hosted by the Education Abroad office.   These orientations are for students studying abroad in Summer & Fall 2023.

For Distant Learners, Co-Op students, and students who are off campus for any other reason, email your Education Abroad advisor for more information.

Please Note: Students participating in faculty-led programs and/or internships may be required to attend other pre-departure meetings specific to those programs.
Below is an electronic copy of our Study Abroad Student Handbook. Feel free to look it over and come to orientation with any questions you may have. You will receive a hardcopy of the book there to take with you!

Study Abroad Student Handbook