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 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.


Note: Students participating in faculty-led programs and/or internships may be required to attend multiple pre-departure meetings/orientations.All scheduled official meetings are mandatory for participation.

Pre-Departure Orientations are typically scheduled for the week prior to final exams. You will receive email notifications and reminders containing specific dates, times, and locations.


Here is an electronic copy of our 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!