Pre-Departure Orientation

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Pre-Departure Orientation Schedule 

The Office for Study Abroad  (OSA) facilitates a Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) 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-Departure 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-departure 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-departure orientation.
2.   Pre-Departure Orientation
With the help of alumni and campus partner feedback, our office offers regional sessions during our Pre-Departure Orientation. The mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation will be on Saturday, April 21st, 2018 for all students planning to study abroad in fall 2018. 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 - Duques Hall Room 151
  • UK/Ireland - Funger Hall Room 103
  • Spain/Portugal - Funger Hall Room 208
  • Italy - Funger Hall Room 207
  • Central/Eastern Europe (Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Germany, Russia, Switzerland) - Funger Hall Room 220
  • Northern Europe (Netherlands, Scandiavia, Iceland, Sweden, Denmark) - Funger Hall Room 209

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

  • Latin America - Funger Hall Room 208
  • Asia - Funger Hall Room 209
  • Sub-Saharan Africa - Funger Hall Room 210
  • Middle East/North Africa - Funger Hall Room 220
  • Australia/New Zealand - Funger Hall Room 207