Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive access to a lengthy and detailed pre-departure online orientation which serves as a primer for their study abroad experience in London. Although the on-site orientation will cover the nitty-gritty of life in England, the online orientation allows students to read up on pertinent information before their arrival in London. It covers academics, culture, useful phrases, food, housing, the university, ISA facilities, money matters, visas, and numerous other details that students also learn about during their on-site orientation. Of course, students are always welcome to contact the England site specialist
with any questions.
Students will have an on-site orientation upon arrival to London. The study abroad office will provide students with an orientation which is designed to smooth the transition to life as an international student in London. Issues such as health and safety, academic issues and culture shock are covered during the morning part of the orientation day. In the afternoon, students are separated into smaller groups where academic issues and university regulations are covered in detail, and are given information about the classes. During orientation week and throughout the semester there are a number of social events in which students can participate.
Bridging Cultures Program
One of the first adventures that students will experience in their new country is the Bridging Cultures Program. The Bridging Cultures Program aims to ease students' transition to their study abroad experience and accelerate their exposure to their new host country.
ISA's Bridging Cultures Program blends adventure, lecture and culture into an informative and fun introduction to the student's new host country. Each program is designed to:
- Help speed the adjustment and adaptation process
- Guide each student through a goal-setting activity to encourage them to reflect on their expectations for their study abroad experience.
- Introduce students to the local culture through a variety of activities including the learning the key words and phrases in the local language understanding traditions, and more.
- Visit culturally relevant destinations in the program location.
- Prepare students for some of the relevant health and safety issues in their host country.
- Inform students of the cultural and academic differences they'll experience.
- Start students on the road to discovery by providing them with a fun and memorable adventure at the beginning of their study abroad experience.