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Education Abroad Office

Pre-Departure Workshops

Our Education Abroad Pre-Departure Workshop Series is designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed while abroad.  

All Global Exchange, Global Direct, Global Partner, and IB exchange students must complete our pre-departure course in Blackboard, and Global Classroom students are required to attend pre-departure meetings with their program leader. To supplement the required pre-departure process, we also occassionally offer optional workshops on the following topics. Check back for scheduling information.

Students will connect with a panel of study abroad returnees to hear about their international experiences and the importance of engaging in global education.

The Covid-19 workshop presents tips about traveling during the pandemic. The workshop will also address stigmas about covid-19 as well as tips for keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy. 

This workshop can be viewed on the Education Abroad Orientation Blackboard organization group and is designed to walk you through the benefits of GLD, the application process, and how to make the most of your time abroad to prepare for your portfolio when you return.

This workshop is designed to help you meet other UofSC students studying abroad. Make friends with students going to your same country or seek advice from study abroad alumni who have been to your host country!

Exact topics are determined by audience interaction and questions but will cover resources available at UofSC, how to access resources abroad, and what steps you can take to ensure maximum mental health while abroad.

Learn how to budget for your education abroad experience and stretch your money so it counts! By planning ahead, you can have a more meaningful experience without financial worries.

This resource is designed to explore issues around sexuality. What resources do you have to understand your host country's attitude and acceptance towards the LGBTQ+ community? How can you best prepare yourself to travel and still be true to your sexual and/or gender identity? This information will be offered as an online resource in the Education Abroad Orientation Blackboard organization and we encourage students to visit our dedicated LGBTQ+ Student Identity Abroad page for more information.

This session will do a deep dive into how various parts of your identity, like race and ethnicity may play into your time abroad. Join us in exploring how you can find a community in your host country. Education abroad alumni will share their experiences on navigating the intersection between their host culture and their identity. We encourage students to visit our dedicated Racial and Ethnic Diversity Student Identity Abroad page for more information.

This session will focus on the following topics:

  • Race and Ethnicity abroad
  • Perceptions/stereotypes of identity in host country
  • Power/privilege

This workshop will provide an extensive overview of what to consider before and during your time abroad. Led by undergraduate Peer Advisors for the Education Abroad Office, this event includes topics like how to budget, what to pack, navigating transportation, and how to plan so you can truly maximize your time abroad.

This identity-based workshop is designed for the unique needs of women traveling abroad. A panel of education abroad returnees will be present to answer all your questions, including the special considerations that women have abroad, how to stay safe and healthy, and how to plan for your needs in advance. This workshop is open to women or people who identify as women.

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