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The DU Office of International Education (OIE) has organized a number of pre-departure sessions to help you prepare for study abroad. Regardless of whether you have received confirmation of acceptance to your program, plan to attend these sessions.

Online Blackboard Orientation (required!)

The first required step to study abroad is to complete the Study Abroad Orientation Course in Blackboard. There are six important sections for you to review. Each section includes important information regarding your upcoming study abroad. After reviewing each section, you need to successfully pass the evaluation at the end of the course. In order to access the course, you will need to log-in to Blackboard using your Webcentral credentials.

General Pre-departure Sessions (required!)

During the Spring Quarter, you are required to attend a 90-minute Study Abroad Pre-Departure Session at the International House. The Pre-departure Session covers basic information that all DU students need to know about studying abroad. Much of the content presented can be found in the Study Abroad Handbook and Policies.

Spring Quarter 2014 Schedule (for Fall and Academic Year 2014 study abroad students):

For your convenience, these sessions are offered six times throughout the week starting from April 2nd to April 18th (you must attend ONE):

  • Wednesdays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Wednesdays, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Thursdays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Thursdays, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
  • Fridays, 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Fridays, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

Your session will be a hour and a half in length. No RSVP is necessary, but keep in mind that each session has a capacity of 40 students; therefore, we strongly encourage you to attend a pre-departure session as soon as possible. It is important to be on time, as late-comers will not be given credit for attendance (nor will those who leave early).

Regional and Program-specific Orientation Sessions

During the Spring Quarter, Regional and Program-specific Orientations will be held at the International House. These provide you with the opportunity to meet the other students participating in the same study abroad program, as well as detailed information about the country in which you will be living.

Regional and Program-specific Orientations may be required! Check the DUSA email "DUSA: Regional Orientation Sessions and Schedule" (which you will receive in mid-April) to see whether you have a required Regional or Program-specific Orientation to attend. 

For some regions of the world, a country guide is available and is posted on our website here. Most of these sessions will be offered in late spring. No RSVP is necessary.

Spring Quarter 2014 Schedule (for Fall and Academic Year 2014 study abroad students):

Argentina

ISA Programs (highly recommended)- Friday May 2, 2:00 pm

IFSA Programs (highly recommended)- Thursday, May 8, 3:00 pm (IFSA rep in attendance)

Make-up General Latin America session (highly recommended)- Saturday, May 10, 2:00 pm

Australia

Australia Regional (highly recommended)- Thursday, May 8 at 3:00 pm OR Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 pm

University of Newcastle (REQUIRED)- Friday, May 9, at 2:00 pm or Saturday May 10, at 2:00 pm

Belgium

Belgium Regional (highly recommended)- Thursday, May 22 at 4:00 pm

Euroscholars (REQUIRED)- Thursday, May 6 at 3:00 pm

Chile

ISA Programs (highly recommended)- Friday May 2, 2:00 pm

IFSA Programs (highly recommended)- Thursday, May 8, 3:00 pm (IFSA rep in attendance)

Make-up General Latin America session (highly recommended)- Saturday, May 10, 2:00 pm

Costa Rica

ISA Programs (highly recommended)- Friday May 2, 2:00 pm

IFSA Programs (highly recommended)- Thursday, May 8, 3:00 pm (IFSA rep in attendance)

Make-up General Latin America session (highly recommended)- Saturday, May 10, 2:00 pm

Czech Republic

Czech Republic Regional (Required for ISEP Masaryk)- Thursday, May 15 at 4:00 pm

Denmark

Denmark Regional (highly recommended)- Wednesday, May 21 at 3:00 pm

France

France Regional (required for Lille and Sciences Po Rennes)- Thursday, May 8 at 12:00 pm

Germany

Germany Regional (highly recommended)- Friday, May 16 at 3:00 pm

Ghana

University of Ghana (REQUIRED)- Friday, May 9 at 11:00 am OR Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 pm

Greece

Greece Regional (highly recommended)- by appointment

Hungary

Hungary Regional (highly recommended)- by appointment

Ireland

Ireland Regional (highly recommended)- Friday, May 9 at 1:00 pm OR Saturday, May 10 at 10:00 am

Italy

Italy Regional (Required for U Cattolica Milan and U of Bologna students)- Friday, May 9 at 12:00 pm

Japan

Japan Regional (Required for AIU and Waseda students)- Friday, May 9 at 10 am

Korea

Korea Regional (REQUIRED) Tuesday, May 13 at 4:00 pm

The Netherlands

Netherlands Regional (Required for Leiden students)- Wednesday, May 14 at 3:00 pm

New Zealand

New Zealand Regional (highly recommended)- Thursday, May 8 at 3:00 pm OR Saturday, May 10 at 3:00 pm

University of Otago (REQUIRED) Friday, May 9, at 4:00 pm OR Saturday May 10, at 1:00 pm

Peru

IFSA Programs (highly recommended)- Thursday, May 8, 3:00 pm (IFSA rep in attendance)

Make-up General Latin America session (highly recommended)- Saturday, May 10, 2:00 pm

Russia

Russia Regional (highly recommended)- Friday, May 2 at 1:00 pm

Spain

ISA Bilbao, Granada & Madrid (highly recommended)-Friday, May 23rd 1:00 pm

ISA Sevilla (highly recommended)-Friday, May 23rd 2:00 pm

Sweden

Lund University (REQUIRED)- Thursday, May 8 at 4:00 pm OR Saturday, May 10 at 12:00 pm

Euroscholars (REQUIRED)- Thursday, May 6 at 3:00 pm

Switzerland

Euroscholars (REQUIRED)- Thursday, May 6 at 3:00 pm

United Kingdom

UK Regional (highly recommended) Thursday, May 8 at 2:00 pm OR Saturday, May 10 at 4:00 pm

London Regional (highly recommended) Friday, May 16 at 11:00 am

Bangor University (REQUIRED) Thurday, May 8 at 1:00 pm OR Friday, May 9 at 11:00 am

Lancaster (highly recommended) Friday, May 23 at 11:00 am (Lancaster visitor will be in attendance)

Queen Mary, University of London (REQUIRED) Thursday, May 22, at 3:00 pm (QM REP PRESENT) OR Saturday May 10, at 1:00 pm

University of Glasgow (REQUIRED) Friday, May 9 at 3:00 pm OR Saturday, May 10 at 11:00 am