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, the Office of Study Abroad & Global Learning holds general pre-departure orientation meetings at the end of each semester for WKU students who will be going overseas during an upcoming term for University-sponsored or -related purposes.
The SAGL 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 online readings and quizzes that students can access through their online application. The orientation is designed to reinforce these materials and to give students the opportunity to connect with other outbound students as well as those who have returned from overseas. Pre-departure orientation also provides an opportunity for students to ask questions as they prepare for their international experience.
Upcoming Orientation Dates
If you will be studying abroad for the first time during winter or spring 2019*, you should attend one of the following orientation sessions, which take place in the multi-purpose room of the Honors College/International Center (HCIC), room 1011:
- Wednesday, October 31st, 3:00-4:30 pm
- Tuesday, November 6th, 4:00-5:30 pm
*Student teachers will have a separate pre-departure orientation 1-2 months before departure and do not need to attend one of the above sessions.
Students who have not previously undertaken University-sponsored or -related international travel are required to attend a SAGL general pre-departure orientation session; students who have gone abroad previously are strongly encouraged to attend again but are not required to do so. Students participating in programs that include program-specific pre-departure meetings are also required to attend those meetings in addition to the SAGL 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 listed as “required” in the WKU study abroad application, and are strongly encouraged to complete those listed as “optional.”
Please note that failure to fulfill any of these requirements [including failure to attend a general pre-departure orientation session (first-time students) and/or program-specific orientation(s) (if applicable), and/or failure to complete the questionnaires, materials, learning content, and assessments listed as “required”] may result in revocation of permission to go abroad.