Go Global Exchange: Pre-departure program

The exchange pre-departure program is an integral part of your international learning experience, designed to help you in your personal, academic and administrative preparation. Students going on Summer, Term 1 and Full Year exchanges will participate in the Pre-departure program in March.  Students going on Term 2 and split-year exchanges will participate in the Pre-departure program in October.

What is Pre-departure?

Going on an exchange experience is an amazing opportunity. However, with it comes the inevitable relocation to a new place and a new culture, wherever you are headed. As such, the Pre-departure program is designed to

  • Help you ease the anxiety you have before you go on exchange.
  • Help you develop realistic goals and expectations of your experience.
  • Equip you with tools and mindsets that will help you while on exchange.

Who needs pre-departure?

Every student going on exchange through Go Global will need to complete pre-departure requirements prior to the commencement of their experience. You will find the knowledge provided in the pre-departure sessions to be useful whether or not you're going to a different continent or just going to a different region in North America.

Pre-departure requirements

  1. View online learning modules

    As an outgoing exchange student, you are responsible for viewing these learning modules and understanding the content. You will gain access to these modules on Connect as you get closer to your exchange.

    Additionally, it is essential to get familiar with the transfer credit process, as well as funding options for your exchange.

  2. Faculty session

    This is a two-hour session that will cover key information such as course selection, funding opportunities, staying safe abroad, and other topics. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions to your faculty and ensure that you have done the requisite planning to fulfill your degree requirements and thus your graduation requirements.

  3. Regional session

    The Regional Session is designed to give you the necessary tools and resources for your exchange experience. The learning session topics will focus on critical self-reflection. It is also a chance for you to meet students who are going to and are from the same destination as you, and hear stories from past students who have participated in an exchange program.

  4. Complete the Student Safety Registry

    Once you are accepted by your chosen institution, be sure to complete and submit the Student Safety Registryprior to departure. As well, be sure to review the resources available on the Student Safety Abroad to be better prepared in case of an emergency.

Advising hours

Advising hours

Monday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

You might not need to see an advisor. General questions about the Go Global Exchange process can be answered at the Main Office at International house (Vancouver). 

If you’re looking for more information on where you can go, please visit our Resource Library located on the top floor of the International House. Here you can freely browse our collection of material sent from partner universities including international student handbooks, course catalogues and departmental overviews.

Go Global Vancouver

When emailing us, please include:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your full name and if you are an incoming or outgoing exchange student in the body of the email

Go Global Vancouver


Telephone: 604 822 0942

Fax: 604 822 9885

UBC Life Building
6138 Student Union Blvd
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1


Mon9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Tue9:30 am - 4:15 pm
Wed9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Thu9:00 am - 4:15 pm
Fri9:00 am - 4:15 pm