Photo submitted by Maxwell Otiato.

At CGIS pre-departure orientation, learn more about the intercultural experience on which you are embarking. Reflect on your goals for during and after the program as you engage with other participants. This is a time for you to ask lots of questions and be active in the planning process.

You will meet with your CGIS advisor as well as previous participants of the program and other program staff, including faculty leaders. Topics include:

  • Pre-departure checklist (course registration, billing and payment, booking flights, visas, M-Compass requirements, and so on)
  • Program and travel details (arrival, housing, banking, communication, excursions and side travel, and so on)
  • Cultural differences and identity
  • Health and safety considerations

Attending all pre-departure orientation activities is mandatory for CGIS program participants.

Dates for Winter 2022 Programs

You will choose ONE of the the following orientation dates:

Sunday, October 24 (virtual)

Sunday, November 7 (virtual)

Dates for Spring/Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Academic Year 2022-2023 Programs

Sunday, March 13, 2022 for Spring/Summer programs

Sunday, April 3, 2022 for Fall and Academic year programs 

Please see  an email from your CGIS advisor for more details on orientation.