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Orientations and Workshops

Hungary education abroadThe Office of International Affairs provides a variety of professional development opportunities for leaders of university-managed education abroad programs.

Health and Safety Orientation Requirement

Resident directors (program leaders) are required to participate in an annual health and safety training. The training covers resources for preparation ahead of departure and protocol for responding to incidents and emergencies abroad.

  • First-time resident directors and those who have not attended a health and safety orientation in the past two years must attend the Core Health and Safety Orientation. First-time Resident Directors are also welcome to attend any of the Special Topic Health and Safety Workshops, in addition to the Core orientation.
  • Once every two academic years, resident directors who lead programs annually must attend either the Core Health and Safety Orientation or the Advanced Health and Safety Orientation. Those who have completed the core or advanced orientation in the prior academic year may complete their annual training requirement for the current year by repeating either of these sessions, or by attending a Special Topic Health and Safety Workshop.

Core Health and Safety Orientation
The core session covers pre-departure resources for preparation of group travel, reviews standard protocols for responding to health and safety incidents that may arise abroad. Specific attention is paid to utilizing the resources of the supplemental insurance and understanding particular areas of federal compliance related to education abroad.

Advanced Health and Safety Orientation
This orientation covers the material presented in the Core Health and Safety Orientation by introducing two evolving case studies. These are designed in a question and answer format to cover common scenarios and address previous questions that have risen in responding to student concerns and incidents abroad.

Special Topic Health and Safety Workshops

Alcohol Use Abroad: Preparation, Mitigation and Response
The Alcohol Use Abroad orientation reviews research studies on expectations and norms of alcohol consumption among education abroad students. The data will highlight trends that may result in higher rates of consumption among some program participants. The workshop also will focus on elements of program design and behavioral standards to mitigate potentially disruptive or harmful behavior. Topics addressed will include the Code of Student Conduct, group expectations contracts, signs, symptoms and reactions to alcohol poisoning and use of the supplemental health insurance for assisting students.

Supporting Student Mental Health in Education Abroad
The Supporting Student Mental Health orientation will focus on assisting students managing mental health conditions to complete safe and rewarding education abroad experiences. Topics discussed will include pre-departure services, student access to the Office of Disability Services, traveling with prescription medications, constructively working with distressed and disruptive students abroad and using the Code of Student Conduct. In addition, it will review the provisions of the supplemental health insurance related to care of mental health while abroad and campus resources for assisting in emergency response. 

Social Media and Technology Abroad
The Social Media and Technology Abroad orientation will enhance resident directors' knowledge of using social media platforms and appropriate and responsible posting. Resident directors will also learn how social media and technology can be used as a tool for enacting an Emergency Action Plan along with resources such as GeoBlue, Smart Traveler, CDC TravWell and local safety apps.

Other Special Interest Workshops
Please note that the following optional professional development offerings do not count toward the health and safety requirement.

Group Dynamics
This optional orientation will provide tips from an experienced resident director to manage group dynamics abroad.

Helping Students Understand Reverse Culture Shock
This orientation will review the theory of reverse culture shock and review ways to conduct a re-entry session for students while still abroad. Activities will be provided that can aid students in reflecting on their overseas experiences, preparing for reverse culture shock and applying new understandings they gained abroad.

Financial Orientation Requirement

If OIA will be issuing you a GET credit card for your program, you will be required to attend a meeting with OIA Business Operations to review the usage guidelines. Please review pages 33-37 of the Resident Director Handbook before attending the GET Card Orientation.

Spring Break 2018 GET Card Orientations

May and Summer 2018 GET Card Orientations