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Pre-Departure Planning

Two pine trees in the snowMitigating Risk Through Program Design

The Office for Education Abroad and the Office of International Health and Safety host workshops throughout the year on topics relating to education abroad and health, safety, and security. "Mitigating Risk Through Program Design" is a popular workshop - check it out next time it's offered. In the meantime, here are some slides that you may find helpful.


Group of people sitting around a table looking at a map and open book in alibrary.jpgPre-Departure Orientation

You must hold at least two, in-person pre-departure meeting with your students to discuss academic requirements, program expectations, arrival instructions, health and safety, cultural tips etc. You are welcome to use this template as a guide.


Group of students talking on bench in a parkPre-Departure Health and Safety Checklist

You are encouraged to use this checklist to remind yourself of the most important health and safety to-do items are you prepare for your program departure and as you arrive on-site with your students.


Penguins on a sandy beach with scattered large rocks in the waterHealth 

Health issues are the most common type of incident on an education abroad program. Here is some important information to help your students prepare to manage their health abroad.


Group of five students talking outdoors on a stairway with leafy trees surrounding themCommunication

Please review expectations for staying in communication with your students and with MSU during your program