Pre-Departure Orientation

At the end of each semester, the OIS staff holds a MANDATORY pre-departure orientation meeting for all students scheduled to study abroad in the following semester or summer. This meeting is an important way for our office to convey information that will be relevant to your pre-departure planning and your time abroad. It is also a chance for you to ask any pressing questions and meet with past participants from your study abroad program. In particular, we emphasis three major themes: general logistics, health & safety advice, and culture shock preparedness. Each section below contains important links and resources that are referenced in our face-to-face pre-departure meeting.


The logistics section will answer all your questions about course registration, financial responsibilities, required paperwork, and what to pack.

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Budget Worksheet

Health & Safety

The Health & Safety section addresses important steps that everyone should take to stay safe overseas.

Introduction to Culture & Culture Shock

Even the most prepared traveler experiences some type of culture shock. Use this information to take the shock out of studying abroad.

Talk with Former Students

Allows you to connect you with students who have already returned from study abroad. VISTA is a student group of returned study abroaders who are excited to share their experiences and advice with you!

Failure to attend the MANDATORY pre-departure meeting and submit all required supporting documents will jeopardize your ability to study abroad. Students who have a time conflict with the pre-departure meeting should contact their OIS adviser for additional instructions.

Learn About Our Programs

Take the First Step!
Want to learn more about semester or non-VU summer programs?
Schedule your first group information session required for all students.

Already attend an info session?
All individual meetings with OIS advisers are scheduled by calling our main office number at 610-519-6412.

Going on a Villanova Summer Program?
Contact the faculty member who runs the program for more information and application instructions.

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Blog from Abroad

Read about Emily Frankenberry's (LAS '16) adventures in Copenhagen with DIS

Follow Michelle Velez (A&S '14) as she explores Panama with the SIT program Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems and Biodiversity Conversation.  Read more here.

Follow Channing Press (A&S '14) through her adventures studying in Ecuador with IES Abroad during the fall 2012 semester. Read more here.

Follow Amy Rowland (A&S '14) as she navigates Tokyo, Japan in the fall 2012 semester. Read more here.

News, Events & Notices

It’s never too early to start planning your study abroad experience. Complete a Student Information Form and schedule your first information session today.

Study Abroad Fair 2013 - Friday, October 25th 11am-3pm in Bartley Atrium. Meet with program and university respresentatives from around the world!

Irish Studies & Africana Studies has announced a fantastic fall events schedule!

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