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Your Pre-Departure Resources 

Congratulations on your acceptance to an Education Abroad program - you're in the right spot!

This Accepted Student Guide is one of the many places where you will find helpful information as you prepare for your Education Abroad program. Review the information provided on the pages of this guide and, as always, reach out to your Ed Abroad Program Manager with any questions, concerns or for additional information. 

For additional program-specific information (and tasks to complete) check out the following: 
  • Your MyCUAbroad Account: Since your acceptance, more items have been added to your checklist. Some are informational; some require your action. Certain items are urgent (and will be indicated by earlier due dates), so check your application right away and continue to check regularly. Upon acceptance, you will also find program-specific academic details in your MyCUAbroad checklist, including grading conversions, information on the academic system and culture of your host country, specific course considerations, registration timelines, and more.
  • Your CU Boulder email: Keep an eye on your inbox for emails from Ed Abroad and your program and/or host university. If you have another email address you used for your program and/or host university application, remember to check both inboxes regularly. 
  • Your program portal / account: Some programs and host universities have program portals (such as your CIEE My Account, ISA Student Portal, etc.). You may have used their portal to complete your application or this may be shared with you after acceptance into the program. Check with your Ed Abroad Program Manager if you're unsure of what additional resources you have access to (and where pre-departure tasks will be completed).  

Where to Direct Questions:

You may have questions that are not addressed in the Accepted Student Guide and the other program-specific information and resources outlined above. In this case, the people best suited to answer your question may depend on the specific question or topic.

  • Questions on visas, accommodations/housing, course registration: your program provider and/or host university
  • Questions on billing, CU course planning and course evaluations/approvals: your Ed Abroad Program Manager
If your question doesn't fall within any of these categories, reach out to your Ed Abroad Program Manager.


Pre-Departure and On-Site Orientations

For most programs, you will have both a pre-departure and on-site orientation. The pre-departure orientation will be before you leave, while the on-site orientation will be at after you arrive on your program. Providing different but related information, both the pre-departure and on-site orientation are typically required.  These can either be in person, online or virtual, depending upon the program. For some programs (such as exchange programs and Global Seminars), your pre-departure orientation will be with Education Abroad. For other programs (such as CIEE, ISA, CAPA, etc.), your pre-departure orientation will be facilitated remotely and/or be an online course administered by your program provider.
The pre-departure orientation will include information about resources and your specific program as well as information on preparing to go abroad.  The on-site orientation will provide you with an overview of the on-site experience as well as an opportunity to meet other students on your program, learn about your host city and provide academic, health, and safety information.

Next Steps for Getting Abroad

Each program, and often each student, has a slightly different set of steps and tasks that must be completed before you're able to successfully study abroad. This will include course registration and/or approval, visa applications (as applicable), housing forms, and more. Review your program-specific pre-departure resources for specific information.