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Study Abroad Office

Pre-Departure Workshops

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

Spring 2020 

Due to the current closure of campus we will be offering workshops for the upcoming terms online in May. More information on dates and times will be shared as they become available.

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

This workshop will 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.

Grab some dinner and 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!

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

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

This identity-based workshop 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 workshop will be offered as an online-resource in the Study Abroad Orientation Blackboard organization.

This workshop will provide an extensive overview of what to consider before and during your time abroad. Led by undergraduate Peer Advisors for the Study 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.

This identity-based workshop is designed for the unique needs of women traveling abroad. A panel of study 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.

This session will do a deep dive into how various parts of your identity, like race, ethnicity, or religion may play into your time abroad. Join us in exploring how you can find a community in your host country. Study abroad alumni will share their experiences on navigating the intersection between their host culture and their identity.

This session will focus on the following topics:

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

This session is recommended for:

  • Students of color
  • Religious/spiritual students
  • Students studying abroad in locations where their primary identities will be challenged


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