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Education Abroad Office

Pre-Departure Workshops

Our Education Abroad Pre-Departure Workshop Series is designed to provide you with the tools you need to succeed while abroad.  

Spring 2021 

We will be offering workshops for the upcoming terms online throughout the fall semester. More information on dates and times, and how to register, can be found under each section. 

We are excited to offer the following optional workshops this semester, and encourage you to register for any applicable sessions. 

Students will connect with a panel of study abroad returnees to hear about their international experiences and the importance of engaging in global education.

Free Black & Abroad T-shirts will be available to attendees who RSVP and attend the virtual event. Instructions on picking up your free shirt will be emailed to all attendees after the event.

November 17th at 6pm via Zoom

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The Covid-19 workshop presents tips about traveling during the pandemic. The workshop will also address stigmas about covid-19 as well as tips for keeping yourself mentally and physically healthy. This workshop will include a student guest speaker who will share their experience abroad during the spring of 2020.

November 18th from 3:00pm-4:00pm via Zoom

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This workshop can be viewed on the Education Abroad Orientation Blackboard organization group and is designed to walk you through the benefits of GLD, the application process, and how to make the most of your time abroad to prepare for your portfolio when you return.

This workshop is designed to help you meet other UofSC students studying abroad. Make friends with students going to your same country or seek advice from study abroad alumni who have been to your host country!

December 6th from 5:00pm to 6:30pm via Zoom

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Exact topics are determined by audience interaction and questions but will cover resources available at UofSC, how to access resources abroad, and what steps you can take to ensure maximum mental health while abroad.

November 10th from 11:00am-12:00pm via Zoom

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Learn how to budget for your education abroad experience and stretch your money so it counts! By planning ahead, you can have a more meaningful experience without financial worries.

November 5th from 6:00pm to 7:00pm via Blackboard

This resource is designed to explore issues around sexuality. What resources do you have to understand your host country's attitude and acceptance towards the LGBTQ+ community? How can you best prepare yourself to travel and still be true to your sexual and/or gender identity? This information will be offered as an online resource in the Education Abroad Orientation Blackboard organization and we encourage students to visit our dedicated LGBTQ+ Student Identity Abroad page for more information.

This session will do a deep dive into how various parts of your identity, like race and ethnicity may play into your time abroad. Join us in exploring how you can find a community in your host country. Education abroad alumni will share their experiences on navigating the intersection between their host culture and their identity. We encourage students to visit our dedicated Racial and Ethnic Diversity Student Identity Abroad page for more information.

This session will focus on the following topics:

  • Race and Ethnicity abroad
  • Perceptions/stereotypes of identity in host country
  • Power/privilege

This workshop has been canceled due to no registrations - if you would like to discuss these topics prior to your departure, please feel free to set up a 1-1 appointment with Anuja Parikh (

This workshop will provide an extensive overview of what to consider before and during your time abroad. Led by undergraduate Peer Advisors for the Education Abroad Office, this event includes topics like how to budget, what to pack, navigating transportation, and how to plan so you can truly maximize your time abroad.

November 12th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm via Zoom

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This identity-based workshop is designed for the unique needs of women traveling abroad. A panel of education abroad returnees will be present to answer all your questions, including the special considerations that women have abroad, how to stay safe and healthy, and how to plan for your needs in advance. This workshop is open to women or people who identify as women.

November 11th from 3:00pm to 4:00pm via Zoom

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