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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.‚Äč


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. 

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 a 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.
Walking a flag-lined street on a weekend trip in Geneva, Switzerland.
Save the date! Separate retreats are scheduled at each of the Johnson & Wales campuses.

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 Abroad Spring Orientation 2021
Campus Study Abroad Programs Date Time Location
Providence Spring Semester, Spring Break 2022 October 29, 2021 9:30am - 12:30pm Bowen Center Presentation Space
Charlotte Spring Semester, Spring Break 2022 October 29, 2021 9:00am - 12:00pm Student Innovation Lab
Online Spring Semester, Spring Break 2022 TBD TBD Online

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.

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.