The Office of International Programs has an extensive program to assist student planning for a term overseas. Topics covered include:
Shortly after the Office of International Programs reviews all applications, students receive electronic notification of their staus. Students are then prompted to confirm their acceptance and apply for a passport if they have not previously done so.
Early in the semester we hold a brief orientation session discussing all items on our pre-departure checklist along with applying for a visa (see below). This session is vital in prioritizing preparations for a term abroad.
Most destinations now require a student visa in order to study in that particular country. This meeting is designed to help students begin this complicated process. Students also receive support from their programs throughout this period.
This session connects prospective study abroad students with current Wofford students who have studied in the same countries or participated in the same program. During alumni advising, students can expect to have many of their questions answered by their peers in an informal setting.
This session covers the basic logistical pieces of studying abroad: managing finances, communicating with family and friends while overseas, what to pack, tips on air travel, etc.
This session is devoted to personal health concerns as well as general safety and security issues that students may face overseas. The session covers medical forms, medications and care overseas, physical and mental health issues and what to expect during the transition on-site. We also discuss insurance abroad. In addition, each program provides an on-site orientation with extensive health and safety information specific to each location.
Those students who plan to major in government with a concentration in world politics or pursue a certificate in Latin American and Caribbean studies have found that study abroad is often an ideal springboard to their senior capstone. Consider programs that would allow for research or other opportunities that would enrich such a project.
In this session we discuss some of the cultural issues of study abroad and the ups and downs of adjusting to a new culture. We talk with students about how to be a global citizen, discuss cultural values and offer advice on how to better integrate into the local culture.
The support of families is integral in successful preparation for a term abroad. During the final pre-departure phase, familes receive a Study Abroad Guide for Families. This handbook touches on financial issues, health and safety, academic culture overseas and the process of adaptation to another culture.
Shortly after students return from their programs, they are invited to our biannual Welcome Home Dinner. This is an informal gathering at which students share some of their experiences. Faculty and staff are invited to attend this event and have enjoyed hearing how transformative the study abroad experience can be.
This session provides information to students who want to further their study abroad experience through international opportunities to work, intern or volunteer abroad after they graduate. Students also receive resources on how to better market their study abroad experience on resumes and graduate school applications.