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Preparing to Depart

Frequently Asked Questions

The process is straightforward:
  • Review the program's class/module list (one that includes descriptions).
  • Match up their classes with classes required at Concordia. (This can be done at your study abroad advising sessions).
  • Set up a meeting with the dean or chair of each department to approve your classes.
  • Bring the approved list to the Registrar's office for a final approval.
We recommend bringing one checked bag, one carry-on, and your designated personal item. Any more luggage is extremely hard to navigate through the airports and will usually incur extra luggage fees. See the packing checklist sheet for more details.
While you can never be fully prepared for the adventure of spending a semester abroad, there are a few things you can do for a smoother transition.
  • Research the country so you know what behavior is culturally acceptable and what key differences exist.
  • Contact other students who have studied abroad in your destination. (The Study Abroad Office, or your program provider, can provide names and contact details.)
  • Identify the parts of studying abroad that may be the most difficult for you and develop plans to work through them. (Do you get homesick at summer camps? Do you see a therapist or doctor regularly and plan to continue that? Can you ride a bike and walk several miles per day?)
  • Attend the mandatory orientation hosted by Concordia's Study Abroad office. (You will be emailed the details after acceptance. Generally, this happens in late November for Spring students and April for Summer and Fall students.)
Concordia students are required to have insurance to cover them during the duration of their program. For Global Ed. courses, Concordia will register you for coverage through iNext insurance. For most semester abroad programs, your program provider will include insurance in the cost of your program. For more information about insurance, please contact
Additional costs can fluctuate between programs and countries. The main expenses associated with a semester abroad include airfare, passport, visa, additional traveling during the semester, necessities bought while abroad, spending money, and international health insurance. Also keep in mind that exchange rates fluctuate, which may affect the total cost of your study abroad experience as well.
Once you apply, you will gain access to Learning Content through your study abroad portal that will cover vital information about health and safety. You will also attend the Pre-Departure Orientation where additional information will be presented.