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 sessions

Orientation sessions are in­-person meetings conducted by study away advisors and others from across campus and will take place the semester before you study away. Our staff will let you know when to come to orientation. Attendance is mandatory.

Topics covered during orientation sessions include:

  • Health & Wellness
  • Safety and Sexual Violence
  • Maximizing your Study Away Experience

Meet with a peer advisor

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.

Pre-Departure Forms

The semester before you study away, you will need to complete the following form and submit it to the Center for Study Away: Parent Assumption of Risk.

This information is also available in your online Study Away Account