Looking back at our Pre-Departure Orientation Workshop 2017


At this year’s Pre-Departure Orientation Workshop, around 40 students gathered at the Amerikahaus to prepare for their upcoming study abroad program. The students, who came to us from across Bavaria, are setting off this fall for either a semester or year, heading to a wide variety of universities across the U.S. and Canada, including Johns Hopkins University, New York University, University of Alberta, and University of Victoria.

The event opened with a greeting from Vice Consul Devin Cahill from the U.S. Consulate General Munich. She congratulated the students on pushing themselves out of their comfort zone in going abroad and wishing them well. The Amerikahaus staff of the Education and Exchange Department then took over to prepare the students for culture shock and discuss some of the bigger transatlantic cultural differences that they could expect to run into.

The highlight of the event, however, was most certainly the student panels. Six students joined our panels, including American and Canadian citizens as well as German students who had recently returned from their own study abroad programs. Here the students were able to get their questions answered by people with first-hand experience, on everything from classes and campus life to cell phone plans and health insurance.

To wrap up the afternoon, representatives of the Visa Section of the U.S. Consulate General Munich stopped by to explain the ins and outs of applying for a visa, arriving in and travelling through the U.S., and staying in status. By the end of the day the students were feeling confident and excited about their coming adventures, and had made a few friends along the way! Ines Jaehnert, Head of our Education and Exchange Department, joined our fellow Education USA Center, DAI Nürnberg, for a similar event earlier in the week.

Are you considering studying abroad in the U.S. or Canada? Join our Facebook Group to get in touch with participants of this workshop, as well as other students currently abroad, already back, or still planning like you!

(Photo: ©Amerikahaus)