Orienting students to your off-campus semester or interim class can go a long way to assure the success of the experience. The resources found on this page include activities and resources for pre-departure as well as examples of activities you can create to help student adjust to their new surrounding once you depart.
Getting Ready to Go: It is important to provide students (and possibly parents) with information about your expectations and what they can expect once they arrive. Here is one example of a pre-trip handout. Use it as a reference as you create your own material (thanks to Jeff Bouman).
ISDSI Orientation Checklist: Here is a checklist from our partner program in Thailand (ISDSI) on the things they want to make sure they cover in their orientation, use it as a resource and include your own important “must cover” topics (thanks to ISDSI for sharing).
Teambuilding resources: An important part of any study abroad experience is the group of people who accompany you on the trip. As you plan your orientation, think about how you want to build and shape your group. Here are a few resources that can help in this process:
Creating a Group Covenant: This document has been used with groups of students working and studying abroad during the summer as well as groups living in Project Neighborhood houses. It could be adapted to help you create a group contract or covenant on how the group will work together over the course of your experiences (thanks to Don DeGraaf).
Creating a technology policy for the group: Technology is playing a bigger role in shaping our off-campus programs (for both good and bad). How can you as an instructor or director help the group to be aware of the benefits and challenges in using technology while they are off-campus? How can you help the group be intentional in drafting a technology policy for you time away (thanks to the Off-Campus Programs Office).
Getting to know Budapest: Check out this fun approach to orienting students to the city of Budapest, Amazing Race style (thanks to Jeff Bouman for sharing).