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 an in-person orientation. 

  • The first half will be spent discussing general study abroad matters (registration, health & safety issues, culture, etc.) 
  • The second half will be 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.

Upcoming Orientation Details

TBD. Due to campus closures, information will be provided when available 

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.