Before You Go

Congratulations! You've been approved for study abroad and accepted into your program. You are about to begin an adventure of a lifetime! Next you'll want to review these pre-departure steps to get ready for your study abroad experience.

Pre-Departure Orientation Meeting

An informative meeting to learn more about the next steps in the study abroad preparation. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and meet fellow study abroad students.

Orientation Meeting Dates

Pre-Departure Orientation Dinner

This is the final meeting and celebration held at the end of the semester for outbound students.

Orientation Dinner Information

Check Your Passport

If you already have a passport, check the expiration date before your departure. It must be valid for a minimum of six months after you are planning to return home. Instructions can be found on the Travel.State.Gov site.

Passport Application/Renewal Process

Secure Your Student Visa

Most countries will require that you obtain a student visa prior to your departure for that country.

Learn More about Student Visas

Make Your Travel Plans

There are countless online resources to help you buy tickets and make your plans for traveling from home and traveling while abroad.

Travel Planning Resources

Register with the State Department

We recommend that students register their time abroad with the U.S. Department of State through the Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP).

Learn How to Register