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Getting Ready to Go


This section is for those preparing to leave. It has useful information regarding how to prepare for various aspects of your experience abroad. One of the most important things you can do is attend and pay close attention during the general and site-specific orientations.

Pre-Departure Orientation

The UW-System requires that all students receive orientation training prior to beginning their international education experience. In these orientations, you learn about:

  • Pre-departure administrative details
  • Registration, transcript processing, and academic expectations
  • Health and safety issues
  • Culture shock
  • Travel tips

To complete this requirement, you have two options:

1) In-Person General Orientation

The Study Abroad Office conducts two general orientations each year: One in the Spring, for Summer and Fall departures, and one in the Fall for UWinteriM and Spring departures.

Click for the presentation from the November 2014 Orientation 


2) Online General Orientation

The online general orientation is offered as an alternative for students living out of the Milwaukee area, or those who cannot attend the in-person general orientation. It includes a self-directed study of the student handbook and afterwards you must score a 92% or better on a quiz taken through your application page.

Site-specific Orientation

In addition to the general orientation, a site-specific orientation will be arranged for your specific program. At this orientation, a CIE staff member and/or your program's faculty leader will share additional information about your program and how to prepare to ensure a safe and successful experience. A student who previously studied in your program location usually attends as well. Hearing from a returned student is a great way to ask questions and learn more of what you can expect from your experience.

Study Abroad Student Handbook

The Study Abroad Student Handbook contains information that is useful for students, family and friends before and during their time abroad. Please review this information carefully prior to confirmation and departure. This information will be referenced in both the general and online orientation.