University of Iowa

Study abroad pre-departure orientation - the in-person sessions!

March 21st, 2016

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For UI students planning to travel abroad, the office for study abroad will hold a variety of in-person information sessions the week of April 18, 2016. In addition to the required training online, every student must sign up to attend at least one of these sessions.  Students can find more information about these sessions and RSVP through our Google form, or by visiting: international.uiowa.edu/study–abroad/prepare.  A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a randomly-selected student who has completed the course by the deadline.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Safety and you: Meet with UI’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) outreach coordinator for an hour discussing principles of personal safety and crime prevention that can be applied both at home and abroad. Study Abroad staff will also be on hand to answer any questions you may have related to health and safety preparations for your upcoming travel abroad. Participants are encouraged to complete the required online Study Abroad pre-departure course prior to attending this optional session provided by DPS. This session supplements the health and safety information specific to your destination abroad that is provided to you by your study abroad program.

Friday, April 22, 4:30-5:20 p.m., 61 SH

REGIONAL SESSIONS

If you’re planning to do some traveling while studying abroad, come learn what you need to know to get around safely in your chosen region.

Traveling in Europe

Tuesday, April 19, 5:00-5:50 p.m., 61 SH or

Wednesday, April 20, 6:30-7:20 p.m., 22 SH

Traveling in Oceania

Tuesday, April 19, 6:30-7:20 p.m., 61 SH

Traveling in Asia

Wednesday, April 20, 7:30-8:20 p.m., 15 SH

Traveling in Latin America

Monday, April 18, 5:30-6:20 p.m., 66 SH

Traveling in Africa and the Middle East

Wednesday, April 20, 5:30-6:20 p.m., 15 SH

DIRECT-ENROLLING AT A FOREIGN UNIVERSITY

If you’ll be taking classes at a foreign university, things might be very different from the way they are here at Iowa. Our panel will help you prepare for the experience.

Thursday, April 21, 5:00-5:50 p.m., 14 SH

LIVING WITH A HOST FAMILY

Congratulations! You’re getting a new family! Come and find out what kind of gifts to bring, what to do in the first crucial days, and how to navigate crosscultural communications with your host family abroad.

Thursday, April 21, 7:30-8:20 p.m., 14 SH

MAKING THE MOST OF SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD

If you’re going on a short-term program, you’ll want to make the most of it. Come get tips on how to maximize your international experience.

Monday, April 18, 7:30-8:20 p.m., 74 SH

FIRST-TIME SOLO FLYERS

Will this be your first time flying, or first time flying without family? Come get tips on what you need to know to successfully navigate airports, deal with immigration, and other tricks to survive long flights.

Monday, April 18, 6:30-7:20 p.m., 66 SH

PACKING FOR STUDY ABROAD

What should you bring? What should you leave behind? Get advice from returned study abroad students about preparing to go abroad.

Tuesday, April 19, 7:30-8:20 p.m., 22 SH or
 

Thursday, April 21, 6:30-7:20 p.m., 61 SH

MAXIMIZING LANGUAGE LEARNING

Will you be studying your host country’s language? Make the most of your time abroad with these tips on foreign language acquisition. Learn new techniques on how to increase your second language proficiency.

Tuesday, April 19, 3:30-4:20 p.m., 61 SH

SLICE OF ADVICE

Fall semester students: Would you like to meet with a study abroad returnee to find out more about the place where you’re headed? At this event we will try to match each interested outbound student with a returnee from the same area. RSVP at international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad/prepare by Wednesday, April 27, so that we can match you with a returned student from your program, country, or region.

 

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Kristine Djerf in advance at kristine-djerf@uiowa.edu.

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