Congratulations! You have been accepted into a program and are going to study abroad! In a few months (or weeks!) you will embark on the adventure of a lifetime; however, there is much to be done before you go. It may seem overwhelming now but remember that you can always stop by the Study Abroad office with your myriad of questions. We've also scheduled a number of helpful events that can prepare you for your international experience. Don't forget to check out other sections of the Preparation portion of the website to understand things you should do before going abroad.
TIPS for Students Studying Abroad
Each semester the Study Abroad Office runs a pre-departure orientation called TIPS for all students who will be departing for studying abroad. This year, TIPS is an online course that students will complete on their own. This course must be completed by December 8.
The course can be accessed via ICON and all students that are studying abroad will be added automatically. The course will appear on the home page of the student’s ICON account. TIPS consists of 10 modules and quizzes that cover a wide range of topics of which students need to be aware before they go abroad.
In addition to TIPS online, the Study Abroad Office will be holding a variety of information sessions. Every student going abroad must sign up to attend at least one of these sessions. Students can find more information about these sessions and RSVP through a Google Doc on the Study Abroad website.
There are additional pre-departure sessions offered on specific topics. Click on the links below to see the Powerpoint presentations from these sessions or to visit the section of our website that addresses the topic.
- Blogging Abroad (see website)
- Financing Study Abroad
- First-Time Fliers
- Health, Safety & Security: Personal Responsibility and Health Topics Abroad (see website)
- Health, Safety & Security: Personal Safety and Self-Protection (Part I: Alcohol)
- Living with a Host Family
- Maximizing Language Learning
- Packing for Study Abroad
- Studying at a Foreign University
- Traveling in Africa and the Middle East
- Traveling in Asia
- Traveling in Europe
- Traveling in Latin America
- Traveling in Oceania
Slice of Advice
To help smooth your transition abroad, Study Abroad has put together a handbook that condenses a lot of information on this website into one document. Stop by the Study Abroad Resource Room to pick one up.