The mandatory online pre-departure orientation will be available through myStudyAbroad after you commit to your program.
The mandatory in-person orientations occur for summer, fall, and academic-year programs during the end of spring semester and for spring and calendar year programs it occurs during the end of fall semester. More information will be emailed to you after you commit to your program.
The sessions at orientation include:
Country Sessions: Meet people who have lived in your destination country in order to have an interactive and informational discussion about country specific expectations.
Optional Sessions: Being a Woman Abroad, Budgeting Abroad, First Time Abroad, LGBTQIA Identity Abroad, and Race Identity Abroad
Country Specific Resources
Researching your host country is an important step. Learn about customs, food, weather and other major information before you leave. The following links will provide basic resources for advice regarding study, travel and logistics of living in another country.
- StudentsAbroad.com offers handbooks with country specific information, checklists, and more
- The Department of State has resources for smart travel and more
- Wikipedia has a list of sovereign states
- Check the climate of your destination country before you pack
- Lonely Planet and Let’s Go are examples of travel guides that will help you find entertainment, sights and more
- Many news sites, such as CNN, the BBC, and Al Jazeera provide current stories and information in English about countries around the world
- Abroad with Disabilities encourages open dialogue relevant to going abroad with a disability.
- Access Center WSU supports the self-determination and development of students with disabilities’ through removing barriers to academic success, promoting self-advocacy and providing support to foster student learning and engagement in all opportunities available at the university
- Mobility International
First Generation Abroad
- First Generation Abroad WSU
LGBTQ Students Abroad
- GIESORC WSU promotes education, empowerment, and engagement for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally (LGBTQA) constituents across the Washington State University system
- LGBT Student Guide for Education Abroad from the University of South Florida
- The International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association maintains country specific information related to legal rights and social climate.
- U.S. Department of State LGBT Travel Information
- U.S. Department of State Passport Gender Designation Change
Mental Health Abroad
- Cougar Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Multicultural Students Abroad
- AllAbroad helping students from diverse backgrounds find study abroad resources and obtain advice from study abroad mentors
- PLATO: The Center for Global Education’s PLATO Project (Project for Learning Abroad, Training, and Outreach) provides comprehensive support resources for study abroad to all U.S. college and university students – with special support for underrepresented students
- The Office of Multicultural Services WSU