Included in the cost of the program is our residential Orientation Program that past participants have consistently rated as a highlight of their study abroad experience. These Orientations are currently available to all semester students provided there are no conflicts with their academic schedule.
Hit the ground running with our Sydney-based Orientation Program. Held over five days and combining academic sessions with cultural experiences, each activity is designed to help students ease into their semester in Australia. Our historical walking tour of Sydney not only introduces you to the city’s icons, but provides you with the tools needed to navigate the city. A brave day spent rappelling off of the majestic cliffs of the Blue Mountains and an evening Harbour cruise round out the experience.
New Zealand Orientation
After this action-packed five-day Auckland-based Orientation Program you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi - from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals. You will be provided with modern hotel accommodations, which provide the perfect base for independent and group exploration. You will be only minutes away from some of Auckland’s top attractions.
New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world - and so we throw you straight into the mix with activities ranging from zorbing to rappelling (abseiling) alongside waterfalls. There are few places more scenic than your new home and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the North Island. No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. Spend time with our Maori guides who provide a fun and interactive introduction to their history and culture, and also insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life. With the new friendships and knowledge gained, you will leave the Orientation with a strong support structure and foundation on which to build your semester in New Zealand.
A little nervous about a semester abroad in another language and culture? That’s only natural, but our exclusive orientation based in Beijing will ease that transition. Our five-day China Orientation Program includes a mix of intensive academic sessions, a smattering of cultural events, and a memorable experience at the Great Wall. You will be provided with modern hotel accommodations, which provide the perfect base for independent and group exploration. You will be only minutes away from some of Beijing’s top attractions.
Ever wonder what the benefits of Tai Chi are? Find out with traditional exercises in the morning and perhaps a new ritual to start your days in China. Besides visits to cultural treasures such as the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, you will be given an introduction to the academic system in China, integration issues, health and safety, and the basics of navigating through the semester. No visit to China would be complete without a visit to the Great Wall, and we make sure to get you there in a hurry. Enjoy an overnight stay and sunrise hike along an off-the-beaten path section of this amazing man-made wonder. Once you visit the Great Wall, you’ll be ready to embrace the greatness of China’s past, present, and future.
Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia Orientation
Be introduced to this vibrant and engaging culture with our extensive three-day Chiang Mai-based Orientation Program. Combining informative academic sessions with introductory cultural experiences, each activity helps students ease into their semester abroad. Orientation takes place in Chiang Mai, allowing you to ease into your new home under the expert guidance of our Thailand staff. You will experience a sensory overload as you enjoy your first bites of authentic Thai food, get comfortable on the back of an elephant, and indulge in a legendary Thai massage. We also provide helpful information about Southeast Asia's academic systems, medical support, and other issues that will make your semester a success. Our Orientation is coordinated by our in-country staff, who will share practical local knowledge as well as historical and cultural information.