Pre-Departure Orientation

Rice Study Abroad hosts a general Pre-Departure Orientation each semester prior to students departing for their study abroad destinations. Participation in the Pre-Departure Orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad. Study abroad advisors, study abroad ambassadors, and other study abroad alumni representing a broad range of countries and programs will be in attendance to present important information to assist you in preparing for your experience abroad.

Topics covered include:

  • Health, safety and security

  • Cross-cultural adjustment

  • Academics

  • Finances

  • Travel Registration

  • Travel tips

The Pre-Departure Orientation is usually held in November (for spring study abroad students) and April (for summer, fall, and academic year students). Rice Study Abroad will inform students of the exact day and time after their acceptance.