Pre-Departure Orientation: the three-step
In order to fully prepare you for your upcoming journey and
allow you to make the most of your time abroad, we've developed a
three-part orientation process that will guide you through
everything that you need to do and know before you go. Through this
process, you'll get detailed information on what you can expect
from your program and what we expect of you. It may seem like a
lot, but we've found this process to be the best way of making
pre-departure orientation as painless as possible - and remember,
you'll be required to complete all three components of the
orientation process before beginning your program.
Deadline May 1, 2013
Step 1. Complete the Blackboard Course
Blackboard orientation will be available beginning March
We’ve condensed everything you need to know in one place!
(You’re welcome.) To access the Global Studies Orientation Course,
just login to your Blackboard account:
· Step 1: Go to https://bbprod.stjohns.edu
· Step 2: Login (your user name and password will be the same as
St. John’s Central)
· Step 3: Click on the “Global Studies Orientation” course
· Step 4: Get started!
It’ll take about an hour to complete the course, but you don’t
have to finish it in one go. That said, you must complete each
learning module with a perfect score, but don’t worry: you can take
each quiz as many times as you need in order to master the material
and get everything right. Please note that if you have not
completed the Blackboard course by May 1, you’ll need write a
5-page paper summarizing all the content covered in the Blackboard
course or risk the penalty we hated to mention above: revoking your
Step 2. Complete the Required Forms Packet and
This one is pretty self-explanatory, but you can find more
information on surveys and forms here.
*Important note: Please contact
our office prior to purchasing any flights. Some programs require
group flights or have specific instructions.
Step 3. Attend Your Site-Specific
By this time, you should feel pretty comfortable with the idea
of going abroad, whether you're a veteran globetrotter or a
first-time traveler. Still, there's some important information that
we need to give you that focuses on the specific city and country
you'll be studying in. The Site-Specific Orientation will be hosted
by the Office of Global Studies and by the faculty members who will
be leading your program, and will fill you in on everything from
your program's itinerary to local customs and culture.
Thursday, April 25