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Orientations and Workshops

The 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 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.

  • Resident directors who are new or have not led a university program but have completed the pre-program training in the past two academic years must attend the Core Health and Safety 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 attending a special topic 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 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
This 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 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. 

Financial Orientation

GET Card 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.

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