Pre-Departure Orientation

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

Pre-Departure Orientation

UMD and Affiliate program participants are required to attend a synchronous orientation. 

Upcoming Orientation Details

For students studying abroad Spring 2022:


  • Saturday, November 6, 2021
  • 10:00 - 11:30am
  • Event will be held via Zoom. An invitation will be sent to your Google Calendar.

Online Orientation

All students studying abroad are required to complete a mandatory online health and safety orientation. Access this orientation through your study abroad checklist following acceptance to your program.

UMD Email Account | Staying Connected

Email is the official form of communication at UMD. We expect you to check your UMD email account regularly. 

  • Email is the easiest and most efficient way to reach our office, should an issue arise while abroad 
  • Email is the optimal (and only) way for UMD to contact you while abroad regarding matters such as:
    • financial aid
    • registration queue times

Note: that you will be assessed a semester fee for your email account just as you would if on campus.


Program Specific Orientation Information

UMD Study Abroad Programs 

Cosponsor & Affiliate Programs

For further details to prepare for your program, refer to your program provider.