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Program Leader Pre-Departure Orientation

UW System policy guidelines require that all program leaders and assistants leading study abroad programs attend a pre-departure orientation. CIE convenes orientation sessions twice per year, in December and in May (check the Important Dates website for specific information). First-time program leaders are required to attend this orientation. If first-time program leaders are unable to attend a scheduled orientation session, they must schedule an individual orientation with CIE prior to departure.

Opt Out Option

Program leaders who have previously led a study program abroad are encouraged to attend the orientation but may elect to "opt out" if they have attended an orientation in the previous 24 months. To do so, complete the Program Leader Orientation Opt Out Form and submit it to the study abroad office. In opting out, individuals acknowledge that they understand and comply with all study abroad policies and agree to submit all required pre-departure materials to the study abroad office in advance of their program's start date.

Program Leader Orientation Opt-Out Form

Orientation Topics

Program leader orientation covers the following topics:

  • UW-system policies
  • faculty leader, assistant, and CIE responsibilities,
  • student orientation highlights,
  • safety and risk management,
  • legal affairs,
  • health issues,
  • students and faculty conduct,
  • money management, and
  • emergencies

05-10-13 Program Leader Orientation

Study Abroad Program Leader Handbook

Orientation Financial Guide

CIE regulates all budgets, accounting, salaries, travel advances (TA), program reimbursements, and Travel Expense Reports (TER) associated with UWM study abroad programs. The information contained in the Financial Guide is designed to aid faculty and assistants leading study abroad programs.

Financial Guide