Be Prepared!

Abroad Prep

Before you may apply to study abroad for a semester or academic year, you MUST view the Abroad Prep PowerPoint which is available in the application portal

Abroad Prep provides an overview of Dickinson's philosophy of education abroad and gives students the tools for selecting the best academic opportunity for their off-campus studies.  

Topics Covered:

  • Resources available for selecting a program
  • Application process and expectations
  • Health, wellness, and study away
  • Requesting recommendations
  • Writing a strong essay
  • Credit policies and procedures
  • Passports and visas

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) Intercultural Workshops

All students who plan to study abroad are required to attend a 3-part pre-departure intercultural workshop series. Students need to attend each of these 3 workshops in any order:

  • Grappling with Culture I
  • Living & Learning Across Cultures II
  • Identity and Relationships Across Cultures III

These workshops are offered on select Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the semester. Students only have to attend each workshop once. 

Due to the limited number of spaces available in each workshop, students must sign-up through EngageD/CORQ


In order to prepare for the workshop, all attendees must review the workshop syllabus and complete an assignment before attending the session. This is accessible on Totara


Grappling with Culture I

The narrative of study abroad often focuses on its transformative nature while glossing over the hard work and challenges of crossing cultures.   For some students, this is work they are doing every day on our campus and, for others, this will be new.  Through the lenses of health, well-being and safety, this session will help students grapple with the unknown and prepare to be uncomfortable.

Living and Learning Across Cultures II

While studying abroad, students encounter differences from pace of life to communication patterns to value systems, among many others. This session will offer exercises tailored for students to engage with difference and to develop a skill set for shifting frames and behaviors for their new context.

Identity and Relationships Across Cultures III 

Who are you?  How many identities do you have and which ones will you choose to share when you go abroad?  How will those in another culture view you and your identity (s) and how will you navigate your new intercultural relationships?