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Pre-Departure Orientation

Spending time overseas – whether as part of a traditional study abroad program, to conduct research, or to complete an internship or service learning project – is a serious undertaking, and it is important that students be as prepared as possible for the experience.  To that end, WKU Global holds general pre-departure orientation meetings at the end of each semester for WKU students who are about to study abroad.

The WKU Global general pre-departure orientation covers a number of important topics, including but not limited to: health and safety information, credit transfer, cultural preparation, how to maximize your education abroad experience, and opportunities after study abroad. The in-person orientation is supplemented by a series of readings that students can access through their online application. 

Mandatory Orientation Date


Summer 2024, Fall 2024, & Academic Year 24/25 Programs: 

  • Saturday, April 20th- 
    • LOCATION CHANGE: We will now be meeting in Grise Hall Auditorium (235) 
    • Please be available all day. More details on which session you will attend will be sent in early April.


Pre-Departure Requirements

For the foreseeable future, ALL students are required to attend the general pre-departure orientation session and complete any required orientation activities.Students participating in programs that include program-specific pre-departure meetings are also required to attend those meetings in addition to the general orientation.

In addition, ALL students, including those who have previously gone abroad on University-sponsored or -related travel, MUST  complete all required online pre-departure questionnaires, materials, learning content and assessments in the WKU study abroad application by the in-person Pre-Departure Orientation. These materials become available to you within your application upon acceptance by WKU Global for your program. 

Please note that failure to fulfill any of these requirements including failure to attend a general pre-departure orientation session and/or program-specific orientation(s) (if applicable), and/or failure to complete the questionnaires, materials, learning content, and assessments may result in revocation of permission to go abroad.

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 Last Modified 4/18/24