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 what it may be like to enter diverse cultures and communities, while also addressing logistical concerns needed to ensure a smooth transition abroad.  The OSA organizes our pre-departure events into three 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
The mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation will be on Thursday, April 9th, 2020 for all students planning to study abroad in Fall 2020. This semester the Office for Study Abroad's pre-departure orientation will follow the below framework. Please report to the appropriate room based on GW school at the below indicated time on November 1:
Orientation Session (GWSB, CCAS, SMPA): 6:00PM - 7:00PM - Elliott School (1957 E St.) Room 113
Orientation Session (ESIA, SEAS, MSPH): 6:00PM - 7:00PM - Elliott School (1957 E St.) Room B12

Bon Voyage Reception: 7:00PM - 8:30PM. - City View Room (1957 E St., 7th floor) 

Reception Includes:

  • Study Abroad Alumni Panel 
  • Food and Drinks
  • Speech from GW staff
  • Photobooth 
  • Raffle and prizes