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Congratulations, you’re planning to study abroad soon!

As a part of your preparation to go global, you are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. All students studying abroad through Ohio University, an exchange, or a third-party provider are required to attend.

If you are a student participating on an upcoming summer, fall semester, or academic year-long program you must attend this Bobcats Abroad Conference - Spring 2020. Please see below for date/time/location and schedule. If you will not be in Athens on the scheduled date, please contact global.opportunities@ohio.edu.

Bobcats Abroad Conference - Spring 2019

Who: All summer, fall semester, and academic year-long study abroad participants.*

When: Wednesday, April 1st from 10:45 am - 7 pm (you must only attend 2 sessions = 2 hours)

Where: Various rooms on 2nd floor of Baker Center (see schedule for details)

How: Students must attend 2 sessions throughout the day. One must be a Health & Safety session, the other may be the session of your choice. You must sign-in at each session. See "How do I complete this requirement?" below for more information.

Schedule: You may see the Bobcats Abroad Conference Schedule - Spring 2020 (TBD) for full details including times, session topics, and locations.

*If you are a student participating on a clinical Global Health program, Global Consulting Program, or a part of the Japan: Marching 110 program you will receive separate instructions on how to complete this requirement - you do not need to attend the Bobcats Abroad Conference - Spring 2020.

What is the Bobcats Abroad Conference?

The Bobcats Abroad Conference is a study abroad pre-departure orientation providing valuable information to consider about your upcoming international travel, from health and safety to culture, identity, networking, and more.

The Bobcats Abroad Conference is not site-specific and will pertain to general tips, recommendations, and support that all travelers should consider regardless of location or time spent abroad. Most students will receive a site-specific orientation from their program director or program provider. If you would like to talk about site-specific information with someone from our office, please contact global.opportunities@ohio.edu or come to our open advising hours (no appointment necessary) from 10 AM - 4 PM. 

How do I complete this requirement?

You must attend TWO sessions for a total of two hours. Attendance will be taken at all sessions. The two sessions are as follows:

1. “Health and Safety” will be mandatory for all participants and is offered multiple times throughout the day. It will cover the resources and responsibilities you have while you are abroad to help you stay healthy and safe.

2. The second required session is left up to your personal preference and availability. You may choose from:

  • Culture, Identity and Allyship – learn about culture shock, navigating your identity, your host-culture and how to use your own privilege to support those who may identify as individuals of a marginalized group. 
  • Tips for Travelers – packing, money, and logistics travel tips from peer advisors and professionals that have been in your shoes.
  • Global Networking – start thinking about how study abroad may impact your career interests and future career search.
  • Returned Student Panel – hear directly from your peers about their experiences abroad.  
  • CIS Abroad Send Off – for students participating in programs with study abroad provider, CIS Abroad. Meet other students participating in CIS Abroad programs this Spring, chat with CIS Abroad Alumni Ambassadors, and ask any questions you may have. 

Failure to attend or appropriately make up these sessions may jeopardize your participation in a global program. If you are unable to attend one or both of the mandatory sessions, please email global.opportunities@ohio.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there!

I am currently living off-campus or I am a student at a regional campus - do I need to attend the Bobcats Abroad Conference?

If you are an Athens campus student currently off-campus but are planning to study abroad over winter break, spring break, or spring semester you may complete your Bobcats Abroad requirement online. If you are a student at a regional campus, you may also complete your Bobcats Abroad requirement online, or you may attend in person. Please email global.opportunities@ohio.edu(opens in a new window) for further instructions if you require the online version of Bobcats Abroad. Please note, the online version may take anywhere from 2 - 4 hours to complete. 

I have previously completed the Bobcats Abroad requirement for another program - do I have to attend again?

If you completed the Bobcats Abroad requirement within one calendar year prior to the departure date for your upcoming program, you do not need to attend the Bobcats Abroad Conference again. If you completed the requirement more than one calendar year prior to your departure date for your upcoming program, you will need to attend the Bobcats Abroad Conference again.

For example: Alex completed Bobcats Abroad on 4/15/18 for a summer study abroad program. Alex is planning to study abroad again this spring break, starting on 3/9/19. Alex does not need to attend Bobcats Abroad again. Riley completed Bobcats Abroad on 11/15/17 for a spring semester program. Riley is planning to study abroad again this winter break, starting on 12/28/18. Riley needs to attend Bobcats Abroad again.

I have traveled extensively prior to this program - why do I have to attend a general pre-departure orientation session?

As an Ohio University student, our office has a certain level of responsibility (called duty of care) to prepare you for your upcoming travels. Studying abroad is different from family vacations, leisure travels with friends, or other types of travel you may have experienced. Also, as an Ohio University student you have access to certain resources such as UHP International Health Insurance and International SOS that you may not have had before and you need to learn how to access those resources.

If you are an experienced traveler we hope you will come with an open mind to learn more and encounter new information you may have not previously considered. Every travel experience is different and it is always helpful to hear a few reminders before traveling internationally.

I am participating on a domestic program - do I need to attend Bobcats Abroad?

The Office of Global Opportunities does not have a domestic program session at this point in time. We are developing one for the future. As such, you are not required to attend the Bobcats Abroad Conference. However, if you have questions or are interested in the content you are welcome to attend.

I am not receiving academic credit while abroad (i.e. interning with no associated academic credit, researching, volunteering, attending a conference, etc...) - do I need to attend Bobcats Abroad?

Students not participating on a study abroad program for academic credit are not required to attend Bobcats Abroad, but are highly encouraged to do so. If you have completed or are intending to complete a Travel Registration Packet to register your travel with our office, you fall into this category. If you have not completed a Travel Registration Packet, please stop by Walter International Education Center to pick one up.