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Orientation

Every study abroad acceptee must participate in the mandatory Study Abroad pre-departure orientation process. Failure to participate may jeopardize your ability to participate in the study abroad program.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC MEETINGS
The term before your program starts, you will be contacted by your program leader about 2-3 required pre-departure meetings and assignments to ensure you understand your program, the courses, housing, costs and other related details.  These meetings are a combination of in-person and web-based meeting formats.  
If you are accepted early into your program, the formal pre-departure kick-off will not start until the term prior to your departure. 

STUDY ABROAD ORIENTATION RETREATWalking a flag-lined street on a weekend trip in Geneva, Switzerland.

The mandatory in-person Study Abroad pre-departure retreat is not a program-specific orientation. It is a general orientation designed to cover topics that are relevant to all study abroad programs. The Orientation - Student Retreat Guide is  great resource provided at the retreat.  We will discuss:
  • Crossing cultures
  • Participation agreement
  • Student conduct expectations
  • Safety and security abroad
  • Health (physical and mental) while abroad
  • Goal setting
  • International travel checklist items
  • Money
  • Communication
  • Packing
If you have already participated in the retreat within the current or past academic year, please contact Providence Study Abroad at 401-598-1406 and you will not be required to attend again.

SCHEDULED ORIENTATION RETREAT DATES
Save the date! Separate retreats are scheduled at each of the four Johnson & Wales campuses - Providence, Denver, North Miami and Charlotte.

Non-JWU participants are not required to travel significant distances or miss classes to attend an in-person orientation. Please contact our office at 401-598-1406 to discuss alternative orientation options.



JWU Summer Quarter 2017
Campus Study Abroad Programs Date Time Location
All Fall Quarter 2017 07/14/2017 11:00am--1:00pm WebEx


JWU Fall Quarter 2017
Campus Study Abroad Programs Date Time Location
Providence Winter Quarter and Spring Semester 2018 10/13/2017 9:00am-12pm Culinary Museum-Harborside
Charlotte Winter Quarter and Spring Semester 2018 10/27/2017 9:00am-12pm SAFS Conference Room
Denver Winter Quarter and Spring Semester 2018 10/27/2017 9:00am-12pm EE&CS Conference Room
North Miami Winter Quarter and Spring Semester 2018 10/27/2017 9:00am-12pm ASC 307


JWU Winter Quarter 2018
Campus Study Abroad Programs Date Time Location
Providence Spring Quarter 2018 01/26/2018 9:00am-12pm Culinary Museum-Harborside
Charlotte Spring Quarter 2018 01/26/2018 9:00am-12pm SAFS Conference Room
Denver Spring Quarter 2018 01/26/2018 9:00am-12pm EE&CS Conference Room
North Miami Spring Quarter 2018 01/26/2018 9:00am-12pm ASC 307


JWU Spring Quarter 2018
Campus Study Abroad Programs Date Time Location
Providence Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter and Fall Semester 2018 04/06/2018 9:00am-12pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm Culinary Museum-Harborside
Charlotte Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter and Fall Semester 2018 04/06/2018 9:00am-12pm University Events Center (UEC)
Denver Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter and Fall Semester 2018 04/06/2018 9:00am-12pm DENACA 85
North Miami Summer Quarter, Fall Quarter and Fall Semester 2018 04/13/2018 9:00am-12pm ASC 309


Please note that retreat dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Participants will receive communication from our office prior to the date of the retreat confirming details.

IN-COUNTRY ORIENTATION UPON ARRIVAL
On-site information and program reminders are shared during an orientation with program faculty and staff locally.  This orientation will typically include information about the local area, local emergency contacts, and a reiteration of program expectations.