Pre-Departure Workshops

Get ready to go abroad by attending a pre-departure workshop to get tips, tricks, and support before you embark on an adventure overseas. Information from each workshop will be added after the event.


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Unpacking Budgeting Abroad: How to Make Your Money Last
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Learn tips and tricks to budgeting for traveling abroad as a student. This workshop will review subjects such as study abroad or GlobalWorks internship budgets, to understand what is and is not covered, how exchange works across different countries and currencies, and how to find the hidden costs of traveling.

Date: Monday April 15 (Week 3)

Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. 

Location: McKenzie Hall 240A

Contacts: Quinne Hauth and Sarah Pearson

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Navigating Mental Wellness Abroad
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During this presentation, you will learn about common challenges students face and discover self-care strategies and best practices for wellness. You'll also hear from former students who have studied abroad as they share their experiences.

Date: Tuesday, April 23 (Week 4)

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Peterson 102

Contacts: Ryan Loughrey and Alyssa Červenka

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Unpacking Race, Ethnicity, and Identity Abroad
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Join us for an interactive conversation about student identities in global context. A panel of study abroad alumni will reflect on their experiences navigating and expressing intersecting identities while abroad.

Date: Wednesday, May 1 (Week 5)

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: Anstett 193

Contacts: Courtney Brost and Luis Ruiz

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First Time Travelers: Tips for Planning, Packing, and Winging It!
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Embark on your first international trip with confidence! This session is designed to equip you with packing tips, strategies to soothe first-time travel jitters, and inspirational tales from fellow Ducks who've recently completed their maiden voyages with success. While good planning is key to easing pre-travel anxiety, it's also important to embrace the unexpected - often the source of memorable adventures.

Date: Monday, May 6 (Week 6)

Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Location: Mills International Center (EMU Mezzanine)

Contacts: Patrick McMurdo and Bernice Krakani

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Career Readiness: Experience Abroad like a STAR
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Learn to effectively collect and articulate your study/intern abroad experience through the STARR method! Through this workshop, you will learn to collect and articulate your study abroad stories in a manner that highlights your unique talents and experiences, enhancing your marketability in the job market. By practicing the STARR method, you will gain valuable tools to confidently showcase your strengths and stand out in future job applications and interviews.

Date: Tuesday, May 14 (Week 7)

Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m.

Location: Peterson 102

Contacts: Yfang Zhang

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OUT and About: Navigating LGBTQ+ Experiences Abroad
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Get ready to set out on your own international adventure with "OUT and About: Navigating LGBTQ+ Experiences Abroad"! Hear from your queer peers at our alumni panel where we'll explore the colorful journey of studying abroad as part of the LGBTQ+ community. From discovering queer-friendly destinations to overcoming cultural barriers, our panelists will share their adventures, challenges, and triumphs. Whether you're dreaming of your next international escapade or gearing up for your own study abroad adventure, this lively discussion promises to inspire, inform, and celebrate the diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ students exploring the world. 

Date: Wednesday, May 22 (Week 8)

Time: 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Location: Oregon Hall 490

Contacts: Kim Eitner and Drew York

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