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Year or Term Abroad: While Abroad

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You Have Arrived!

We hope that your time abroad is filled with enriching new academic and personal experiences. 

TOC: While You're Abroad

Getting Support

International SOS

Yale has partnered with International SOS to provide both emergency and routine travel, health, and safety assistance.

Call +1-215-942-8478 or use the International SOS Assistance App. Yale's Member Number: 11B824535.

Yale Study Abroad

Your study abroad adviser is still available to support you during your time abroad. Reach out any time you have questions or concerns. 

Completing Your Forms

Once you arrive in your host country, you will have two forms to complete in MyCIPE.

  1. Course Schedule Verification Form
    Your study abroad adviser will review your courses for credit transfer eligibility and to ensure that you are enrolled in a full course load. We suggest that you review the Choosing Your Courses section under Academics & Credit when finalizing your course selection. 
  2. Contact Information Form
    Yale must have a way to contact you in case of an emergency. If your program takes place in multiple host locations, be sure to update your contact information with each move as needed.

Being Well Abroad

Caring for yourself abroad may be different from your usual practices at Yale. Continue to prioritize your health and safety throughout your time abroad. By focusing on your well-being, you will be able to maximize the benefits of your experience.

Note:If you become ill or injured abroad, or if you are seeking other medical or mental health support, reach out to your on-site program staff. If you need a medical referral or would like to speak with a mental health counselor, you can also contact International SOS.

Belonging Abroad

The ways in which you identify yourself and how you are perceived by local residents may be altered in a new cultural context. You may be interested in considering how to navigate your identities in your host country. 

Note: If you are dealing with identity-based harassment, reach out to your on-site program staff or Yale Study Abroad for support. If you feel threatened and/or are the victim of an identity-based crime, contact International SOS for guidance on your security and legal options. 

Adjusting & Engaging with a New Culture

Students experience the adjustment process differently. If you are having a difficult time connecting to your new location and community, or if you are eager to engage more meaningfully, consider these strategies. 

Note:If you are struggling to adjust, reach out to your on-site program staff or Yale Study Abroad for support. If you would like to speak with a counselor, contact International SOS to be connected with mental health services.

Plan for What Comes After Studying Abroad

While abroad, you may be applying for opportunities that will take place during the summer or next semester. With proactive planning, you will be able to balance these application processes with making the most of your time abroad.

  • Dedicate time to research options, such as fellowshipsinternships, or even another study abroad experience.
  • Set reminders for important dates and deadlines.
  • Prepare for interviews conducted by phone or video. Don't forget to factor in the time zone!
  • Ensure that the start date of your next opportunity will allow you enough time to complete your Year or Term Abroad program, travel, and/or meet visa requirements. The start date of your next opportunity cannot conflict with your Year or Term Abroad program dates. You will not be permitted to leave your program early and should plan for your next opportunity accordingly.
  • Meet virtually with a CIPE adviser for assistance.