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Pre-Departure Orientation

All students who study abroad must attend a pre-departure orientation prior to leaving for their program. The orientation will be scheduled before the start of finals during the term before the students planned semester or summer abroad. Dates and times for Pre-departure Orientations can be found on the International Center’s Calendar listed on the International Events Page. Attendance is mandatory and students can be denied permission to travel if they fail to attend. It is a great opportunity to meet the other Norwich students preparing to be out in the world at the same time!

Some of the topics that will be covered included:

  • Packing & Travel
  • Health & Safety
  • Security & Emergency Preparedness
  • Academic Issues

Another great resource is the Education Abroad Handbook.  This will detail many of the specifics covered during Pre-Departure Orientation.  If you have any questions about preparing for your education abroad program, please do not hesitate to contact the International Center.

International Student ID Card (ISIC)

The International Center recommends that all students traveling overseas obtain an International Student Identification Card (ISIC.) The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is the only internationally accepted, UNESCO-endorsed proof of bona fide student status. It can get you student discounts both domestically and abroad. The ISIC also comes with basic international health insurance that meets Norwich’s required insurance criteria. And finally, the ISIC acts as a secondary form of ID that is easy to carry and less valuable than a passport or Norwich ID if it gets lost. You can find out more about the card at the ISIC site and you can apply for a card by filling out the ISIC Application. Just bring your application and the other required materials to the International Center and we can produce a card for you within about a week!

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