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 Friday, November 1st, 2019 for all students planning to study abroad in spring 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 (SEAS, GWSB, MSPH, CCAS, SMPA): 4:00PM - 6:00PM - Funger Hall 103
Orientation Session (ESIA): 4:00PM - 6:00PM - Funger Hall 108
Topics Covered:
  • TBD

Pizza Social/Reception: 6:00PM - 8:30PM. - Location TBD

Parties in Attendance:

  • TBD