This online (Brightspace) course is for all students studying abroad (except those in Medicine, Dentistry and Health – see below). Pre-departure courses give tips on settling comfortably in your new country. You'll also learn how to avoid emergencies and what to do if something should arise while you are abroad.

Once you have completed all the modules, a certificate of completion will be available for you to use as needed. Funding applications (SWIF, George Burris, FGS Travel Grant, etc.), all require proof that pre-departure requirements have been met. If you have any questions, email

NOTE: If you are participating in multiple International Learning Experiences within a year, this online Pre-Departure needs to be completed once annually only.

Pre-Departure for Medicine, Dentistry, and Health

The Global Health Office (GHO) coordinates its own pre-departure activities for students in the Faculties of Medicine, Dentistry and Health.