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Pre-Departure Orientation

All students participating in study abroad must complete the required orientation sessions in order to maintain eligibility. Students may elect to complete the online orientation modules and quizzes in BlueLine OR attend the combined in-person orientation session. Please refer to the Study Abroad Calendar for session dates & times of in-person sessions.


SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

Study Abroad 201: Next Steps
The Study Abroad 201: Next Steps is offered through the BlueLine Group; it is designed to walk you through the next steps of the study abroad process after you've received study abroad approval from the OIP. Remember to print your quiz score and bring it to the OIP to receive your approval packet.

Traveler's Health & Safety and Alcohol Awareness for Study Abroad
These sessions will provide you with valuable information on how to have a safe and successful sojourn abroad. Topics discussed will include: immunization and vaccination information for international travel, potential health hazards, food and water safety, traveler's health kit, taking medications abroad, protecting yourself while abroad, and the post-travel period. In addition, this session will discuss alcohol issues as they pertain to your study abroad experience including personal decision-making, cultural norms, and expectations in your host country.

Know Before You Go
This session will cover a variety of topics to help you prepare for your upcoming study abroad experience. Topics will include international travel insurance, U.S. Embassy assistance, travel registration with the U.S. Department of State, traffic and road safety, emergency contact cards, academic matters, introduction to culture shock, communicating with home, and marketing your study abroad experience. During this session real-life case studies will also be examined that will pose the question--what would you do in this situation? Click here to view the orientation schedule.

ADDITIONAL SESSIONS

(not offered every semester; check with OIP for details)

Past Participant Panel
This session provides a question and answer forum where, Creighton students, who have recently returned from studying abroad, will share stories about their experiences overseas. Discussion topics could include: the application process, obtaining a student visa, independent travel & hostelling, housing arrangements or host families, cultural blunders, spending money, budgeting, what to pack, and most memorable moments. Come, bring your questions, and find out what it's really like to study abroad!

Student Visa Do's & Don'ts
Do you need a student visa for studying abroad, but aren't sure what it is or how to get one? This information session will cover topics including: when to apply for a visa, how to contact the consulate or embassy, types of documentation you may need, and helpful resources. A top 10 list of visa do's & don'ts will also be presented. All attendees will receive a complimentary publication entitled, Student Visas: What You Need to Know Before You Go!

Travel Tips, Money Matters, and More
In this session, you will learn tips for booking an overseas flight, what to do if your flight is cancelled or if you miss a connection, how to navigate customs, and what to pack. We will also discuss a variety of topics related to managing your money abroad, including currency exchange, credit cards, ATM withdrawals, debit cards, travelers checks, pick-pocketing, and keeping your money safe. This session is useful for students who are traveling abroad for the first time and is also a good refresher for students with prior international travel experience.