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Pre-departure Orientation

The Rice Study Abroad Office hosts a general Pre-Departure Orientation each semester prior to students departing for their study abroad destinations. Participation in the Pre-Departure Orientation is a mandatory component of studying abroad. This enjoyable event is the perfect way to help you prepare and make the most of your experience abroad! Study Abroad Advisors, Study Abroad Ambassadors, and enthusiastic study abroad alumni will be in attendance to present important information to assist students in preparing for their experience abroad.

Topics covered include:

  • Health, safety and security
  • Cross-cultural adjustment
  • Academics
  • Finances
  • Travel Registration
  • Travel tips
  • and more!

The Pre-Departure Orientation is usually held in November (for Spring study abroad students) and April (for Summer, Fall, and Academic Year students). The Study Abroad Office will inform students of the exact day and time after their acceptance.