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The OIP will share pre-departure information with you in a number of ways.  All students are required to attend an in-person pre-departure orientation led by the OIP advisor for their region, to complete the Study Abroad pre-departure course in Canvas and to read the Study Abroad Handbook. Your host institution may also ask you to participate in a pre-departure orientation and require that you attend an on-site orientation upon arrival in your host country.

Entry Permits & Visas

Students are responsible for obtaining any required entry permit or visa for your host country. Failure to do so in a timely fashion can jeopardize your participation in your overseas studies program.

A valid passport is required to study abroad. An entry permit or visa may be necessary for you to enter and study in your host country. You will be responsible for the application process unless otherwise specified by your OIP advisor. OIP cannot expedite the issuance of entry permits and visas.

Students should know that most countries that require a student visa or entry permit will retain your passport while processing your application. This may restrict your travel outside of the U.S. over the summer  (fall semester students) or your holiday break (spring semester students) depending upon the amount of time the consulate needs to process an application. Please plan accordingly.

What to Expect from Pre-departure Orientation

Last day to schedule an appointment with an OIP Advisor for regular BC and approved external programs for fall 2016, spring 2017 and full year 2016-17





Canvas Orientation

Region-Specific Meeting

Attend an in-Person, region-specific pre-departure meeting for:

  • Tips on making the most of your time abroad, breaking out of the BC/American student abroad bubble
  • Host Country Culture Discussion - academics, stereotypes, language, dealing with culture shock
  • Visa information for the host country
  • Local safety precautions, laws and customs,  on-site support/contacts
  • How to access health care in your host country, relevant vaccinations
  • Budgeting
  • Housing options


Further Research

Further research/available on OIP website

  • If you have a pre-existing health condition, you should research how you will access treatment while abroad.

Finances, estimated budgets for BC programs