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Getting Ready for Your Time Abroad

Now that you’ve been accepted to a study-abroad or exchange program, you should begin preparing for your departure.

FIRST: Come by our office to let us know that you have been accepted to a program (whether it’s a Binghamton, SUNY or non-SUNY program), so we can give you pre-departure materials and help you with the pre-departure process.

If you’ll be participating in a Binghamton program:

You’ll need to view the predeparture orientation video and then attend the pre-departure orientation for your program. The program advisor will contact you to schedule the orientation.  The predeparture video is available here and has a 30 minute runtime:

If you’re participating in a SUNY or non-SUNY program:

Your program sponsor should provide you with program-specific pre-departure materials and paperwork, and will notify you if there is a pre-departure orientation for your program. If you can’t attend the pre-departure orientation for your program, consider coming to one of our general Pre-Departure Orientations— which are required for Global Studies minors participating in SUNY and non-SUNY programs: we will notify you via email of these orientations, as long as you have let us know that you will be studying abroad!

General Preparations

Pre-Departure Paperwork

On-Campus Housing and Meal Plans

Global Studies Minor

Consider a Global Studies minor. This new program integrates your study-abroad experience and must be started before you study abroad. Check their website to learn more!

Useful Websites

You can also find valuable tips and information to on the following government websites. We encourage all students and parents to carefully review their information.


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Last Updated: 3/10/14