Study Abroad Orientation Course

As a part of your study abroad experience, you will be required to take a study abroad orientation course, LAS 291/292.


The Study Abroad Orientation Course (LAS 291/292) is a three phase, one-credit hour course that all study abroad students are required to take in order to prepare them for their study abroad program, engage in active learning while abroad, and reflect upon their experiences after they return. The course includes pre-departure logistics, cultural preparation, health and safety information, personal and professional goal setting, in-country support, and re-entry programming.

Benefits & Expectations

Through the course, you will:

Active participation is your key to success for LAS 291/292. You will not be graded on grammar and will not be quizzed on facts, but course facilitators will be looking for evidence that you have deeply reflected on your experiences. It is expected that you complete all online modules and journal entries on time, actively participate in forum discussions, spend time developing your learning goals, attend all in-person class sessions, and create a thoughtful final project.


LAS 291/292 is predominantly an online course, but will require a few in-person classes. It takes part in three phases, across a 2-course sequence in the following order:


Once you have committed to a study abroad program, you will be provided with course registration instructions. "LAS 291: Global Perspectives for Intercultural Learning," a zero-credit course, is completed before your departure and will help you prepare for your experience abroad.

While Abroad

Once you have completed LAS 291, you will be automatically enrolled in "LAS 292: Global Perspectives in Cross-Cultural Contexts," which is worth one credit. You will complete the second phase of the course while abroad.

When You Return

LAS 292 continues through the semester after you return to campus, is worth one credit hour (letter grade), and is the final phase of the course.

Frequently Asked Questions

We will provide you with an alternative way of completing the course through an online module.

Once you are registered for LAS 291, the majority of what you need to do is completed online. However, you will be required to attend 2 class sessions in the form of a design workshop during the final 8 weeks of the semester before your study abroad program. A sign up link for these sessions will be sent to you. You may also need to attend additional college or program specific meetings apart from the orientation course.

Let LAS International Programs know by sending them an email and they can give you more information about how to attend a makeup session.

LAS 291 is a zero hour course, with S/U grading. Therefore, you can choose to petition and retro-drop the course through your college office, or you can maintain it on your schedule as it does not effect your GPA. You will be automatically enrolled for LAS 292 when the Registrar’s office registers you for your study abroad placeholder (for example, LAS 299, BUS 399, ENGR 299, etc.). If you withdraw from your program, you will need to drop LAS 292 from your schedule on your own.


The Study Abroad Orientation Course is managed by the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, therefore all questions concerning the course should be directed to LAS International Programs.