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Preparing for Departure

Train TravelCongratulations on your decision to study abroad! Once your application has been confirmed and accepted by Wofford and/or your study abroad partner program, you can start preparing for your term abroad. The Office of International Programs (OIP) requires that students attend all pre-departure orientations the semester prior to going abroad. Much of the information provided in the links below will be covered during pre-departure orientation sessions; however, they are intended to complement, not replace, in-person advising and support. 

If you have questions as you prepare for your term abroad, do not hesitate to contact an International Programs adviser


Contact a Global Ambassador

Global Ambassadors are a select group of internationally-inclined students who assist the OIP with programming and outreach initiatives for potential study abroad students. To contact a Global Ambassador, click here

Study Abroad Forms and Registration

Be sure to submit a Four Year Planner, a  Course Approval Form, and your Release for Study Abroad through your online Wofford Study Abroad application page. You will be expected to register for the semester following study abroad on myWofford. However, if this isn't possible, the Office of International Programs will take care of your registration and therefore you should email an appropriate course schedule with CRNs in case a problem arises. During your semester overseas you will receive emails from the Registrar and the Office of International Programs announcing registration. You will not be able to register if you have any holds on your account so be sure to take care of any fines or other holds before leaving to go overseas. If online registration is not possible, contact the Office of International Programs.

If your program requires your absence from this campus during January, successful completion of the program will stand in lieu of Interim; however you will NOT receive 4 hours of credit.  

Ongoing Orientation 

The OIP offers extensive pre-departure programs and orientations which better prepare students for their study abroad experiences. To learn more about ongoing orientation programs, click here

Health and Safety 

Students' health, safety, and wellness are essential to having a positive, impactful study abroad experience. To learn more about health and safety overseas, click here.  

Identity Resources 

There are numerous resources available for study abroad students from underrepresented and/or diverse identities, communities, etc. To learn more about diversity and identity-based support for students abroad, click here.

Travel Resources 

For many students, studying abroad may be the first time they have traveled independently. To learn more about visas, packing, and transportation, click here


Learning more about your program budget, planning for currency exchange rates, etc. are important parts of the pre-departure process. To learn more about ways to manage your finances while abroad, click here.

Scholarships for Study Abroad 

While students' merit and need-based financial aid will transfer for one semester abroad, there are several scholarships and funding opportunities for which some students may qualify. To learn more about scholarships, click here

Read the Study Abroad Blog  

Each semester, current study abroad students volunteer to serve as International Programs bloggers. To read their blogs, click here