All students participating in UVM-approved study abroad programs have to participate in a pre-departure orientation with the Office of International Education. This covers core health and safety, logistical, financial, and academic matters that are important for students to understand prior to going abroad. Use this website to understand the date for the all-student session as well as program-specific requirements you may have offered either by UVM's study abroad team, your program provider, or host institution. 

Note: the below is for semester, year-long, and summer study abroad programs only. Students participating in UVM Travel Study programs should follow the instructions for their individual course.

Virtual Pre-departure Orientation Required for ALL Students

All students participating in a study abroad program (excepting travel study) that begins in Spring or Summer 2024 must attend our virtual Pre-departure Orientation. This session covers important logistical, financial, academic, and health and safety matters imperative to understand in the pre-departure planning process. This is a virtual event and family members are welcome. 

Thursday, April 4, 2024: 3-4:30 PM on Microsoft Teams: (link will be sent via email and shared here closer to the date)

Note: Joining the event may require the downloading of Microsoft Teams. You can do so at this link:

Additional Program-Specific Orientation Sesssions

UVM In... Programs

Students participating in UVM In programs have multiple required pre-departure orientation sessions as a condition of participating in the program. These sessions will familiarize students to the UVM In model, cover host university requirements, and connect students in the cohort. These are in addition to the pre-departure orientation session described above and that is required of all students.

Meeting #1: Thursday, March 7th - 3:30-5:00 PM in the Jost Room, 4th Floor of the Davis Center
Meeting #2: Sunday, April 7th - Immediately after PDO, time to be confirmed - est. 2 PM

UVM in Auckland

Meeting #3: Tentatively Monday, April 22nd - 5-6 PM to be held on Teams (link will be sent closer to date).

UVM in Galway

Meeting #3: Tentatively Monday, April 22nd - 9-10 AM to be held on Teams (link will be sent closer to date).


UVM In..., UVM Exchange Programs, UVM Field Studies in Costa Rica, ISEP Exchange, ISEP Direct, and Direct Enroll (Buckham, FEEPASS)

Students participating in these programs must attend one additional pre-departure orientation beyond the session described above and required of all students. This session is for students only and is a highly interactive session where we will review study abroad requirements, health and safety, and culture and aspects of identity in study abroad.

Sunday, April 7, 2024: 11AM - 3 PM on the 4th floor of the Davis Center. 


External Provider Programs

UVM only requires that students participating in an external program provider program attend the required sesion described in the section above and required of all students. However, students will also attend pre-departure meetings with their program provider/host institution and will receive those details directly from the provider/program.