Pre-Arrival Orientation

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Pre-Arrival Orientation Schedule 

The Office for Study Abroad (OSA) facilitates a Pre-Arrival Orientation (PAO) to prepare students for their study abroad experience. The OSA believes that proper planning and expectation setting are needed for a successful semester abroad.  Pre-Arrival Orientation provides a framework to help students understand the diverse cultures and communities they will be entering while also addressing logistical concerns needed to ensure a smooth transition abroad.  The OSA organizes our pre-arrival events into two categories :
1.  Online International Logistics Information & Quiz:
The Online International Logistics Information & Quiz is embedded within a student's GW Passport application. The online information is a series of three self-paced video lectures. In these lectures students learn about the transfer credit process, health and safety abroad and important financial information. Students are required to take a short quiz after they watch the video lecture series.  Students will be given access to the videos and quiz after the in-person pre-arrival orientation.
2.   Pre-Arrival Orientation
With the help of alumni and campus partner feedback, our office offers regional sessions during our Pre-Arrival Orientation. The mandatory Pre-Arrival Orientation will be on Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 for all students planning to study abroad in spring 2019. This semester the Office for Study Abroad is offering presentations on the areas listed below. Please report at the correct time for the country/region where you are studying:
Morning Sessions: 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
  • France/Belgium 
  • UK/Ireland 
  • Spain/Portugal 
  • Italy 
  • Central/Eastern Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Switzerland) 
  • Northern Europe (Netherlands, Scandiavia, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark) 

Afternoon Sessions: 2:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. 

  • Latin America 
  • Asia 
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Middle East/North Africa 
  • Australia/New Zealand