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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, the Office of Study Abroad & Global Learning holds general pre-departure orientation meetings at the end of each semester for WKU students who are about to study abroad.

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 readings and quizzes that students can access through their online application. 

Upcoming Orientation Dates

If you will be studying abroad for the first time during Summer or Fall 2020*, you should complete a pre-departure orientation session. We will be offering a virtual session via Zoom (a link will be emailed to you closer to the session date):

  • Friday, May 1, 2:00-3:30 pm (Central Standard Time)

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

Pre-Departure Requirements

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.



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 Last Modified 3/27/20