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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Pre-Departure Orientation

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We run a Pre-Departure Orientation every semester for students who have been accepted to Exchange and Partner programs.  Pre-Departure Orientation provides opportunities for the following:

  • Applicants to meet other MSU students going to the same city/country/region during the same term
  • Swap contact information for coordinating travel
  • Get advice from MSU students who have studied abroad already or from international students who are currently studying at MSU
  • For our staff to share information on how to have a successful education abroad and away experience, from breezing through airport security to making sure your education abroad credits transfer back properly to MSU


Attendance at the orientation is mandatory.  Please plan your work schedule accordingly.  If you have class during the day/time scheduled for orientation, if you need our staff to write an email, letter, or contact a professor to explain why you will miss their class, we will be happy to do so.


The orientation dates for 2016 and 2017 will be:

  • For summer 2016, Fall 2016 and Academic Year 2016-17 programs: Thursday, March 31, 2016, 3:30-4:00pm check-in, 4:00-6:00pm program in CSU 245

  • For spring 2017 programs: Date TBD in late-October/early-November 2016, 3:30-4:00pm check-in, 4:00-6:00pm program in CSU 245