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What to Expect

The Benefits of First Year Abroad (FYA)

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Invest in Your Future with a Successful Start to College... Abroad!

Picture yourself exploring iconic landmarks, forging lifelong friendships, and immersing yourself in a new culture. That's the transformative power of CIEE First Year Abroad (FYA).

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When You Arrive


Upon arrival, during the first two days of the program, all students will participate in an orientation to introduce them to the academic, cultural, and social aspects of their study abroad program. They will receive information on the local culture and customs, and its differences vs U.S. culture and customs, as well as practical advice on how to adjust to living in a new environment. You will also learn about academic expectations, course registration, and other aspects of academic life on the program.

Students will have the opportunity to meet CIEE staff, who will provide guidance and support throughout their time abroad, and fellow participants to form a cohesive supportive group.

The orientation program typically covers a range of topics, including health, safety and security, housing and accommodations, academics, local transportation, finances and program rules. To help students make the most of their time abroad, orientation also provides information on cultural events, excursions, and other activities that are offered throughout the term.

Overall, the First Year Abroad orientation is an essential part of the study abroad experience, providing students with the tools and resources they need to thrive in a new cultural and academic environment.

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