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Pre-Departure Orientation

Santa Clara provides a mandatory orientation for all students studying off-campus. There are two components to Pre-Departure Orientation:

  1. Online modules in the SCU Study Abroad Portal 
  2. A live virtual session with SCU Study Abroad over ZOOM

The pre-departure modules and live session will cover the following topics:

*Failure to complete SCU’s Pre-Departure Orientation will result in withdrawal from study abroad*

Attendance is mandatory, and absences are excused for class conflicts only. Students who anticipate they will not be able to attend the live session should email studyabroad@scu.edu as soon as possible. Students who are unable to attend the live session will be required to make up this portion of the Pre-Departure Orientation by watching the recording.

Pre-Departure Student Handbook

Pre-Departure Handbook for Students

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Program-Specific Orientation

Your program provider or host institution will likely have a mandatory orientation as well. This orientation is in addition to SCU's mandatory pre-departure orientation. Your program provider or host institution orientation may be online, or it may be on-site when you arrive in the country.

This is a great opportunity to ensure that you understand grading policies, housing rules, and to connect with other program participants.

Be sure to adhere any attendance policies set by the program.