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.

Fall 2019 Pre-Departure Orientations are scheduled as follows:

  • Tuesday, October 22nd – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. @ 222 Lloyd Hall
  • Thursday, November 7th – 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ 235 Lloyd Hall
  • Friday, November 22nd – 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. @ 328 Lloyd Hall
  • Monday, December 2nd – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. @ 133 Lloyd Hall
  • Wednesday, December 4th  – 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. @133 Lloyd Hall

Remember, you will only need to participate in one PDO hosted by the Education Abroad office.   These Fall orientations are for students studying abroad in Spring 2020.

Please Note: Students participating in faculty-led programs and/or internships may be required to attend other pre-departure meetings specific to those programs.


Attached 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!


Study Abroad Student Handbook