Pre-Departure Orientation

Pre-Departure Orientation Session


November 30th, 2017

How do I register?

Registration is currently closed.

Who must attend Pre-Departure Orientation?

All students who are traveling outside Canada for University-related activities, such as exchanges, internships, independent study-away, field study semesters and courses, and research. If you have previously attended a pre-departure orientation session but are travelling to a different region, you may be required to attend the regional session only. Please email mcgillabroad [at] (subject: Already%20attended%20pre-depature%20)  for further information. Graduate students traveling outside Canada to attend an international conference or formally organized workshop are invited but not required at Pre-Departure Orientation. Completion of the Travel Registry form on Minerva is required. NOTE: All students travelling outside Canada for University-related activities are required to complete the Travel Registry form on Minerva.

What topics are covered?

  • University requirements
  • Government-issued advisories and how they affect your plans
  • Healthy travel
  • Insurance, budgets, and travel documents
  • Reflection

In preparation for going abroad, you can also download and fill out this travel and safety checklist. It includes all essential information regarding University requirements, Money, Passports and Visas, Health, Insurance and Emergency planning.

​Pre-Departure Orientation is offered every Fall and Spring semester.
All students travelling abroad must complete the Registration for Pre-Departure Orientation form. Further details will be sent once you are registered, specific to your destination or expected destination. 

**Attention Nursing, PT, OT, and MDCM students**

An online pre-departure training is required for all Nursing, PT, OP, and MDCM students travelling outside of Canada (including the USA for OT or MDCM students) for a clinical elective or practicum, a clinical rotation during the family medicine clerkship period (rural special), an observership, or a research project. 

Online pre-departure training for Nursing, PT, OP, and MDCM students is coordinated by McGill Global Health Programs office in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Medicine. If you are a Nursing, PT, OT, or MDCM student who is required to take the online course your name will be submitted to GHP by your program. Please check here for full details on the process. Nursing, PT, OT, and MDCM students do not need to sign up for the in-person training offered by the International Education Office twice a year. Questions can be directed to globalhealth [at]

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