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Before You Go

You've applied, you've been accepted — now what? Get prepared to go on a study abroad experience of a lifetime.

Pre-departure orientation sessions

If you are travelling outside of Canada, you are required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation session. If you do not attend a session, you will not be permitted to travel even if you have already paid for your program.

Your trip leader may offer additional pre-departure sessions which you should also attend, but it does not exempt you from attending the mandatory session facilitated by SAIT's Study Abroad office.

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Visas and permits

Depending on your destination country, you may be required to obtain specific immigration documentation, such as a visa or permit before your departure from Canada.

For the majority of programs, your program leader will have looked into this already on behalf of the group. They will share the information with you at a pre-departure session or via email in advance of travel.

However, if you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident you should bring this to the attention of your program leader as soon as possible and contact your local embassy for entry and exit requirements of the destination country.

If you are travelling independently, without a trip leader, you should check Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories for current immigration information for Canadian citizens.

Health and travel insurance

All students are required to have valid travel health insurance for the period they are abroad as part of a study abroad program. The policy you choose to purchase is at your discretion, and in most instances, this will be done by your program leader for the whole group. You should ensure you read and fully understand your policy before travel.

Before leaving Canada, you are also required to register with the Government of Canada Registration of Canadians Abroad. In the event of an emergency, this information will be used by the Canadian Government to get in touch with you and offer any necessary support. You are also advised to check Government of Canada Travel Advice and Advisories to keep up to date with current safety and security information for your destination country.

International SOS

All SAIT students travelling outside of Canada have additional assistance service provided by International SOS. Before your departure, you will receive a membership card which you need to register. Once registered you will be able to access their online services including extended health, travel and security information, a mobile app service to keep you up to date on local health, safety and security issues, 24/7 access to health and security experts and general travel advice. You can access these services before and during your study abroad program.

SAIT policies and procedures

To prepare for your upcoming study abroad program, ensure you have read and understood the following SAIT policies and procedures: 

AC.2.13.2 Study Abroad Procedure
AC.3.4.1 Student Code of Conduct Procedure

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