Pre-Departure Advising

Pre-Departure Advising

DIS North American Office

The DIS North American Office staff is available to answer any questions you might have before leaving for your summer with DIS! If you should need help or have questions in the meantime, contact them by calling 800-247-3477 or emailing dis@umn.edu.

Your Online Pre-Departure Course

Before your semester start, you will receive an invitation to your DIS online pre-departure course. This course was designed by alumni and DIS staff to answer frequently asked questions and serve as a resource for you before and during you time abroad. It is mandatory to complete before arrival at DIS.

Reflect Before You Arrive

Your summer abroad may be the first time you have ever left your home country. Allow yourself some time to reflect on some uncertainties you may have. What will challenge you when living in a new culture with different societal norms than those you are used to? How will you meet locals while studying at DIS?

Equip yourself with knowledge of the cultures and customs, share nervous emotions with friends, family, and your study abroad advisor, and fuel yourself with ideas from past students. When you finally arrive, you will be so glad you did your research, as you will be ready to make the most of your summer abroad!

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