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, attending an in-person orientation session, and meeting with a peer advisor.

Before the Pre­-Departure Orientation

Before attending the in-­person orientation session, you will review online information and videos. These are available in your online Macalester Study Away Account. Some of the topics covered include: registration information, research during study away, library resources while away, safety and finance, and learning about your study away location.

Orientation Components

Orientation has three parts:

  1. Online – Orientation starts online. Students read handouts and watch videos regarding health & wellness, safety and sexual violence, logistical information, and strategies for maximizing your study away experience.
  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. Meet with a peer advisor: 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.