The more thoroughly you prepare for your semester or year away, the more successful your time away will be. In addition to attending the mandatory pre-departure meeting, we encourage you to use the resources below.

Studying Ourselves Before Studying Away 

* OCS Forms, Policies and Resources

Next Steps

Requirements and steps in the semester before

What To Do Before You Go

Important things to do before you leave

What To Know Before You Go

Better prepare yourself for off-campus study

A fun pre-departure exercise to do on the plane

Here is a fun, short exercise to do on your flight over to your destination. On the flight, when you have time to relax and think, write a letter to yourself addressing the following questions:

  •  Why did I choose to study abroad and what made me choose ….?
  •  What expectations do I have about living in a foreign country? What differences do I expect to see?
  •  What expectations do I have of the courses, professors and housing in a foreign country?
  •  What do I expect to learn and gain from my semester abroad?

Save this letter and read it again on your flight back home. It will certainly prove enlightening, and, hopefully, offer you a glimpse into what impact your semester abroad had on you, academically and personally. You will likely continue to experience and discover many changes in yourself for years to come.

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