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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 and quizzes that students can access through their online application. 

Upcoming Orientation Dates


Winter 2022 & Spring 2022:

Location: Honors College International Center (HCIC) 1011

  • Wednesday, November 10th from 3:30-5 pm (IN-PERSON)
  • Friday, November 12th from 9:00-10:30 am (IN-PERSON)


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 listed as “required” in the WKU study abroad application, and are strongly encouraged to complete those listed as “optional.”

*Student teachers will have a separate pre-departure orientation 1-2 months before departure and do not need to attend the above session.

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 listed as “required” may result in revocation of permission to go abroad.

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 Last Modified 10/22/21