Undergraduate Study Abroad

Prepare to Go

Once you are accepted to a study abroad program, you should start making preparations for your life overseas.

We advise you to use a variety of resources to research your destination and determine what you need to do before departure. These are a few of the resources that can assist you with learning more about your destination country, as well as provide you with general information on travel, health, safety, finances, academic policies, identity considerations, cultural adjustment, packing, and more. You will greatly enhance your experience abroad by becoming well-prepared before you depart.


Mandatory Pre-departure Orientation

The study abroad advising team holds a general, mandatory pre-departure orientation each semester for all students going abroad. In addition to this orientation, program-specific pre-departure meetings are held for students attending Brown/CASA programs. Brown students attending Alternative or Petition programs should check with their provider directly about any pre-departure program meetings.  

Additional Topics

Students abroad face a new cultural context that includes different historical and cultural understandings of diversity and inclusion around issues like race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and much more.
All students experience some degree of culture shock when they arrive in their host country.