The University of Iowa

Prepare for Departure

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Pre-departure Education Abroad Training 

UI International Programs administers a mandatory online pre-departure training for all students who will be departing for an education abroad opportunity. The training must be completed prior to departure.

The course, Education Abroad Pre-Departure Training, 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 under "Ongoing" courses. 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.

Once you have finished the training, download this Pre-Departure checklist to use as a quick guide.


In-person Pre-Departure Sessions

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

Slice of Advice

Slice of Advice is an event held each semester for students studying abroad through the Study Abroad office. The Study Abroad office matches outbound study abroad students with study abroad returnees.   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.  

Due to COVID and travel restrictions, Slice of Advice has been postponed.