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UMD Program & Affiliate Program Participants
Congratulations on your decision to study abroad! The more you prepare for your experience, the more you’ll enjoy it. Please read the carefully compiled materials, as even the most experienced travelers can find new and useful information. Be safe and have a wonderful experience.
—UMD Study Abroad Team
UMD and Affiliate program participants are required to attend an in-person orientation.
- The first half is spent discussing general study abroad matters (registration, health & safety issues, culture, etc.)
- The second half is program-specific. You’ll meet peers going abroad, speak with alumni from your program (when available), and discuss logistics to make your experience a success.
Fall 2019 Orientation
(Students participating in Spring Semester & Calendar Year programs)
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Location: Griggs Center
Spring 2020 Orientation
(Students participating in May/Summer (affiliate programs only), Fall Semester, & Academic Year programs)
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Location: Griggs Center
All students studying abroad are required to complete a mandatory online orientation. Access this orientation through your study abroad checklist following acceptance to your program.
- Orientation Presentation (Updated November 2019)
- CISI Insurance Policy
- UMD Billing Dates
- TSA (Transportation Security Administration)
- Carry-on Luggage liquid Rules (toiletries, aerosols, gels, creams, pastes, shampoo etc.)
- What Can I Bring? Search for items that can/cannot be in your carry on or checked bags
- Preparing to Study Abroad
- Electricity & wall plugs while abroad
- IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) World Plugs List
- Verify the plug type that fits outlets at your destination.
- Get the correct adapter plug for that outlet. This isn’t needed if you’re headed to a destination that has U.S.-compatible outlets.
- Verify the voltage in the outlets at your destination.
- Verify the voltage input on each of your devices. Look for this info on its cord, plug or somewhere on the device itself.
- Get the correct voltage conversion accessory: This isn’t needed for dual-voltage devices (many are) or if your single-voltage device matches your destination’s voltage.
- Culture Shock
- What is Cultural Awareness Anyway
- Life Abroad (alcohol safety & student behavior)
- UMD Safety Abroad
- University of Minnesota Education Abroad Alcohol & Drug Policy
- University of Minnesota Abroad Student Conduct
- Absentee Voting (register to vote or request your absentee ballot)
- VAT Refunds (for those going to EU)
Program Specific Info
Cosponsor & Affiliate Programs
For further details to prepare for your program, refer to your program provider.