Prepare for Departure

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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.

Students who are preparing to go abroad soon will receive an email with the dates, times and locations of these sessions.  If you have any questions, please contact your study abroad advisor or call the Study Abroad office.

TIPS for Students Studying Abroad

Every semester, Study Abroad runs a large group pre-departure orientation called TIPS for Students Studying Abroad. We cover all kinds of important issues including health, safety, identity, cultural adjustment, money, and more. We also give away a $500 scholarship good toward your study abroad experience. All potential study abroad students will receive an invite to this event. No RSVP is necessary. 

The orientation for Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and Academic Year 2014-15 students will be held Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 1pm-3pm in PBB W10.

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Slice of Advice

In addition to presenting students with useful information, Study Abroad also offers outgoing students a chance to talk to a returnee that previously studied abroad. We run an event called Slice of Advice to help connect these two groups. Study Abroad will serve pizza and refreshments at this event. Join us for Slice of Advice on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 6-8 pm. Study abroad students interested in attending this event must RSVP to study-abroad@uiowa.edu by Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by 5pm.

Optional Sessions

We also run a number of optional sessions. Feel free to attend any and all of these events!

Living with a Host Family- Wed, April 30, 2014 from 5-6 pm- UCC 1117
Gain advice from peers on how to best adapt to living with a host family abroad. You’ll learn about what kind of gifts to bring, what to do in those first crucial days, and how to make reasonable compromises with your new host family. If you’re nervous about living with a host family, come to this session and have those fears addressed. 

Maximizing Language Learning While Abroad - Wed, April 30, 2014 from 6-7pm- UCC 1117
This session will offer students practical advice on learning the target language outside of the classroom. Whether you’re a language major or a student looking to get the most out of your study abroad experience in a foreign language speaking country, this session will prepare and motivate you to take your language skills to the next level. 

Interning and Volunteering Abroad - Wed, April 30, 2014, 12-1 pm, UCC 1117
In this session, The Pomerantz Career Center and Study Abroad staff will discuss differences in workplace culture, how to get the most out of your experience, and the dos and don'ts of interning and volunteering abroad.

Traveling Around Europe - Mon, April 28, 2014 from 7-8pm- UCC 1117
In this session, students that have traveled around Europe will share some of their suggestions on how to travel cheaply and safely across the continent. They’ll use their own personal stories and experiences to help those going abroad make informed decisions about experiencing the flavor and culture of many diverse destinations in Europe. 

First Time Solo Flyers - Thurs, May 1, 2014, 12-1pm- UCC 1117
This event will be run by a representative from Meacham Travel Agency and will be geared toward students with little to no travel experience, or that have only traveled with family members or in large groups. Come to this session to learn how to navigate airports, deal with immigration, survive long plane rides, and other tricks to get you where you need to go.

TIPS Handbook

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.