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Pre-departure Orientation


As a study abroad student, you are required to attend an in-person orientation where EA advisors will review topics of health and safety while abroad. For your convenience, some of these topics are also covered in the following orientation videos. We also suggest that U.S. Citizens planning to study abroad review the International Travel Safety Information for Students published by the U.S. Department of State.

Appointments and paperwork associated with physical and mental healthDuring the pre-departure orientation and in meetings with your EA advisor, you will cover the following topics:

  • Researching political and cultural norms in your host country
  • General safety practices abroad
  • Emergency procedures and review of insurance policies
  • Important documents to bring abroad

Video resources

Section I: Making the Decision to Study Abroad

Section II: Physical Precautions to Support Your Safety Abroad

Section III: Your Everyday Life Abroad

View our insurance abroad page for more information on CISI insurance. 

Section IV: Your Physical & Mental Health Abroad

Section V: Sexual Harassment, Assault & Other Misconduct

  • Use the AlertTraveler App (24/7)
  • Call Education Abroad (business hours apply): +1 301-314-7746
  • Contact the Office of Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct (business hours apply): or +1 301-405-1142
  • Use any of the 24/7 emergency contacts

If you are in danger, call the 911 equivalent immediately. 

Section VI: Alcohol, Drugs & Socializing Safely

Section VII: What to Do in an Emergency

Review the emergency response page for more information.

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