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Pre Flight Orientation

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Pre-Flight Orientation for Fall 2020 and Academic Year 2020-21 study abroad programs (non-VT/Faculty-led) will be conducted in a virtual, self-paced format.

There will not be an in-person event on April 21, 2020. Details will be posted soon – please check back for updates!

Pre-Flight for Students

  • Students participating on programs that are not faculty-led are required to attend Pre-Flight Orientation as a Virginia Tech requirement. Failure to attend will result in a hold on your transcript upon return from your program.
  • The orientation will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety
  • You will also hear from study abroad alumni, as well as have an opportunity to ask (international) students questions about your host country
  • Even if your Third Party provides its own orientation, you still need to attend the Global Education Office Pre Flight Orientation
  • If you're studying abroad more than once, you only need to attend one Pre Flight Orientation

Pre-Flight for Parents

There's a Pre-Flight Orientation for Parents, too! Spring 2020 date will be announced soon. Check back later!

Topics include:

  • Registration and checklists
  • Credit transfer 
  • Financial Aid and scholarships 
  • Safety and risk management 
  • Visa and passports 
  • Cultural preparation 
  • Re-entry opportunities

Please note, topics covered may not be applicable to all students. Depending on the specifics of their program, requirements may vary.