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Orientation Resources

General Online Orientation

As a requirement of participation in study abroad at UC San Diego students must first complete an online general orientation prior to departure. The orientation should take about an hour to complete, and participation will be recorded and is a requirement of study abroad.

DUE DATE TO COMPLETE THE ORIENTATION: December 15th of Fall Quarter (for Winter/Spring departures), and June 15th of Spring Quarter (for Summer/Fall Departures)

Directions to access the online orientation. Please read the following directions carefully:

  1. Access the Moodle Link at the bottom of this message.
  2. Click on Study Abroad Orientation
  3. Sign in using your Student SSO
  4. Self-enroll into the orientation by using the access code: 726
  5. Enter the online module and begin

Tips for success: Use a laptop or desktop computer. Mobile devices are not supported. Recommended browsers include Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. You may exit and re-enter the module at any time and resume where you left off. The self-check questions contained in the orientation are not graded; only your completion of the orientation will be recorded.

At the end of the orientation click on the Submit button to record your completion of the orientation. There is no need to contact the Study Abroad Office to confirm participation. (If you experience technical difficulties or trouble accessing the orientation, please contact the Study Abroad Office at abroad@ucsd.edu.)

Moodle Link: https://moodle.ucsd.edu/

Access Code: 726

Thank you and enjoy the orientation!

Additional Travel Information

Travel Safety

U.S. State Department

The U.S. Department of State issues travel advisories whenever circumstances warrant them. You or your parents may reach the Bureau of Consular Affairs/Office of Emergency Citizen Services at 1-888-407-4747 for travel advisory information and any other consular service.

Consular Information Sheets, Travel Warnings and Public Announcements are also accessible through travel.state.gov. Similar information will be available at U.S. embassies and consulates abroad.

Overseas Citizens Services

  • From U.S. and Canada: 1-888-407-4747
  • From Overseas: +1 202-501-4444

Services and Information for American Citizens Abroad
Travel Advisories and Warnings

General Sites

Armchair World: The well-informed traveler 
Association for Safe International Road Travel
Overseas Security Advisory Council
USC SAFETI Clearinghouse
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
Visa information for traveling to other countries
What’s Up with Culture? Online orientation

For UCSD Students:

Emergency Contact Information

EAP Students
24-hour emergency number - (805) 893-4762

OAP Students
Programs Abroad Office front desk - (858) 534-1123  (Leave message after hours)

Global Seminar Students 
Programs Abroad emergency number – (858) 688-2373

Assessing and Reducing Personal Risk

The Peace Corps sends about 5,000 Americans to a wide range of countries every year, and has some of the best training available to prepare their volunteers for some demanding conditions.  Here are excerpts from their Pre-departure training handbooks that can be found at www.globaled.us/peacecorps.

Women’s Safety

Her Own Way
Journey Woman


Centers for Disease Control Traveler’s Health

Electronic Embassy

Information on English-speaking doctors abroad (IAMAT) - (716) 754-4883

Required vaccinations by country

SAFETI Clearinghouse: USC Center for Global Education

The World Factbook

Tourism Offices Worldwide Directory

World Health Organization


UCEAP Travel Insurance Policy

List of Travel Insurance Companies

Scholastic Emergency Services

LGBT and Diversity Resources

I identify with the LGBT community, should I be concerned about safety issues abroad?

As you may also find in different areas of the US, attitudes and tolerance toward gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues vary from country to country.  Some countries are more welcoming and legally protective than the US, while others may be less accepting and more restrictive. All students need to inform themselves of the legal issues related to sexuality and gender in other countries.  LGBT students need to research the receptivity and social climate of the host country before going abroad.

NAFSA's Rainbow Special Interest Group
Web based information and resources for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered study abroad students run by an interest group from the national professional association for international education.  

International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission
A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects their mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.

LGBT Resource Center at UCSD
The LGBT Resource Center provides a visible presence on campus and enhances a sense of connection and community among LGBT faculty, staff, students, alumni and the UCSD Community.

ILGA World Legal Survey
Featuring the most comprehensive laws affecting lesbians and gays around the world

The National Latino/a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Organization (LLEGÓ)
Good resource for Spanish speaking countries.

Diversity Resources

Diversity Abroad Online Pre-Departure Learning Module

Contact Us

Study Abroad UC San Diego
409 UCtr, Suite 120
(on Matthews Quad)
Find Us On Campus

P: (858) 534-1123
F: (858) 822-5726
E: abroad@ucsd.edu

Mailing Address:
9500 Gilman Drive, M/C 0095
La Jolla, CA 92093-0095

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