Prepare for Your Departure

Your program will start before you know it, so begin preparing now

You found a program, you applied, and you got in. Congrats! Now it’s time to prepare. Even if your program is months away, start getting ready now—some parts of the process (such as getting a passport) can take time. Begin the process by reviewing our Pre-Departure Handbook.

Attend a Pre-Departure Meeting

Come to a pre-departure meeting designed for students already accepted into a study abroad program. Learn about packing, safety abroad, and other traveling tips. 

Sign up for a pre-departure meeting »

Get Your Passport

One of the first items on your list: get a passport. You started the process when you applied for your program.

Learn about getting a passport »

Adapt to a New Culture

Living in a new culture, even briefly, is always exciting and can be challenging sometimes, too.

Read our tips for adapting »

Stay Safe

Your program leader will help you stay safe, but ultimately your safety is your responsibility. We’ll tell you what you need to know.

Learn how to be safe abroad »