If you are studying away for a semester or longer, you will participate in mandatory pre-departure orientation. This includes reviewing online information and videos and attending an in-person orientation session. Optional pre-departure events and resources will be offered as well. See below for details.

Pre-Departure Orientation Components

Orientation has three parts:

  1. Online – Orientation starts online. You will read informational materials and watch videos regarding health & wellness, safety and sexual violence, logistical information, and strategies for maximizing your study away experience. These are available in your online Macalester Study Away Account and linked below. 
  2. In-Person: Study Away Staff will invite you to one in-person orientation session the semester prior to your study away. Attendance is mandatory. The majority of the time will be used for         discussing identity and study away and responsible community engagement with your peers.
  3. Optional Supplemental Programming:
    • Returnee Meet-ups: If there is a Macalester returnee from your study away program on campus, a study away advisor will connect you with a student who has studied in the same country, city, or even on the same program as you. This happens soon after the in­-person orientation session.
    • Preparing for Study Away Travel: Optional information session offered for first-time travelers or students with additional questions about preparing for travel logistics.