Pre-Departure Orientation Sessions
Students looking to participate in a University sponsored program overseas are required to participate in a pre-departure orientation session. The purpose of these workshops is to inform students of some the risks that they may encounter while abroad and to develop strategies for minimizing potential difficulties. Topics to be discussed include health insurance, extending OHIP, immunizations and health care, culture shock, safety advice and emergency procedures.
General pre-departure orientation sessions will be offered for students going overseas on University travel.
If you are organizing a group that consists of 10 or more students, please contact the Safety Abroad Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org to book an information session.
Upcoming General Pre-Departure Sessions:
All workshops that have no location listed are in the Cumberland room at CIE)
- Monday, May. 6, 10:00-2:00 High Risk PDO
- Friday, May. 17, 2:00-5:00
- Tuesday, June.04, 1:00-4:00pm BAHEN CENTRE 1240
- Wednesday, July.24, 4:00-7:00pm BAHEN CENTRE 1230
- Thursday, August.7th, 2:00-5:00pm BAHEN CENTRE 1240
Registration for summer sessions will be open soon.
*Workshop for Higher Risk Destinations are for destinations rated as Exercise High Degree of Caution by DFAIT. If non-high risk destination students can only make those session, you are welcome to attend by are exempt from the last hour.
Please note that you must bring a copy of the Foreign Affairs Travel Report for the country of your study abroad destination with you to the pre-departure session.
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Women travellers face many issues related specifically to their gender. This workshop aims to identify some of the common experiences faced by women and to collectively develop strategies for overcoming some of the obstacles women encounter. Topics of discussion include dealing with sexual bravado, making connections with females within the host community and safety tips.
Thursday. April.25th, 2013, 3:00-4:00pm (Held at CIE's Global Lounge on the first floor)
This workshop is open to all members of the University of Toronto community who are interested in understanding the different ways in which sexual orientation can affect the travelling experience. Discussion will be directed by the interest of participants. Potential topics may include: coming out overseas, identifying and meeting LGBT people overseas, dealing with homophobia within a cross-cultural context and safety advice.
Tuesday. April.23rd,2013. 2:00-3:00pm (Held at CIE's Global Lounge on the first floor)
If you have been nominated to participate in a Centre for International Experience exchange program and registered as an undergraduate student in either the Faculty of Arts and Science or the University of Toronto Mississauga , you are required to attend a Transfer Credit Session if you wish to transfer credits back to your University of Toronto degree program. If you are not an undergraduate student, or are an undergraduate student nominated for exchange but registered at another St. George Campus faculty, you are required to contact your division directly. If you are registered at the University of Toronto Scarborough, please contact Carol Farquhar at the Registrar's Office for more information.
The following Arts and Science programs and initiatives are exempt from partaking in this session:
- CTEP exchange through Victoria College
- NUS Joint Minor Programs
- Summer Research participants (with the exception of students seeking credit at departments other than those listed in our Summer Research Program pages)
In the Transfer Credit Session, you will learn about the course pre-approval process, obtaining credits upon your return from exchange, and the details to take into consideration when selecting courses to take abroad.
The next Transfer Credit Sessions will be:
April 26th 3 - 4 pm
Contact the Student Exchange Program for more information.