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Pre-Departure Orientation

Before leaving the U.S., program participants attend a pre-departure orientation program at the American Councils Washington, D.C. office.

Orientation sessions address health and safety, Eurasian academic culture, host-family life, culture shock, strategies to maximize language gain, and first-day survival phrases. Participants have a chance to meet and get to know fellow participants and American Councils staff during the program. Students are housed in a hotel in close proximity to our office. All meals are provided during the orientation program. All students depart for their host-country together.

"Orientation meetings exceeded my expectations and touched subjects that I have not yet thought of." Farron, Tajikistan 2011

"All of my questions and concerns were taken care of." Participant, Summer 2011

"Professor Dan Davidson gave invaluable advice about second language acquisition and personal time management." Dena, Kazakhstan 2011

"The preparation materials and handbook were very comprehensive and practical. I very much appreciated them for my first trip to this country." Sarah, Armenia 2011