The Center for Global Education hosts an optional Family Pre-Departure Meeting the semester before students go abroad. This is typically held for one hour in the evening. Parents and families may attend to learn information such as finances, expectations, safety, health, culture shock, and tips for parents. This is a general presentation for all parents of study abroad students, not about specific program details. Students will be sent a PDF version of the presentation they can share with their family.
Students accepted to study abroad receive extensive pre-departure and on-site orientations. Students attend a mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation the semester before they study abroad which covers general information, including a health and safety presentation coordinated by the Dean of Students office. They will receive a Pre-Departure Handbook at this time to read and take abroad with them. In addition, they must take an assessment to ensure that they understand the material. Part of the orientation consists of information related to health and safety issues, simple precautions they may take while away, and more details on handling issues of security, safety, illness, injury, and emergencies. Feel free to ask your student to share this information with you.
In addition, many representatives from our program providers will host optional program-specific meetings at Chapman. Students will be notified of these optional meetings by email.
Once a student arrives on-site at their program location, they will receive an orientation to acclimate them to their general surroundings and give them practical information.