Prepare for Departure

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.

Pre-departure Study Abroad Training 

Each semester UI International Programs  runs a mandatory pre-departure training for all students who will be departing for an education abroad opportunity. The training is an online course that students will complete prior to departure.

The course can be accessed via ICON and all students registered for international travel under the auspices of the University of Iowa will be added to the course list automatically. The course will appear on the home page of the student’s ICON account. The course 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-person Pre-Departure Sessions

In addition to the required training online, your study abroad advisor will inform you of any mandatory in-person orientation sessions specific to your intended program abroad.

Slice of Advice

Slice of Advice is an event held each semester for students studying abroad for the following session (s). The Study Abroad office matches outbound study abroad students with study abroad returnees.  This semester Slice of Advice will be held on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at 6:00 pm in 1117 UCC. Do you have questions about what you'll need to pack, how much money to bring or what to do while you're in-country?  Are you having trouble setting goals or just want advice about the experience?  RSVP below and we will match you with a returned student from your program, city, country or region, to the best of our abilities.  In order to find a returnee to match you with, we ask that you RSVP through Google Docs as soon as possible.