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Pre-departure briefing and events

Pre-departure briefing

All students studying or working abroad (or in the UK) for credit will be required to attend a Study Abroad pre-departure briefing. This meeting is held in April each year and will provide students with essential information from the Global Office, Finance, the Proctor's Office and Student Services. Students will be notified of the details of the meeting via email.

Attendance at the pre-departure meeting is compulsory - students who do not attend and do not provide an adequate explanation as to why they cannot attend will have their permission to participate in their external programme withdrawn.

Pre-Departure 2021

  • This year’s Pre-departure session will be held online via Teams Live and Moodle. 
  • You will be invited to attend a Teams Live event on 21 April if you are studying or working abroad.  If you are unable to attend the live session, we will add a recording to Moodle.
  • If you will be undertaking a placement in the UK, please refer to the Section 8 of the Moodle module where you will find a selection of resources and a brief presentation to watch.
  • All students must complete the online test for their placement type (study abroad, work abroad or UK placement) to complete the pre-departure module.
  • If you are studying abroad through the St Andrews Abroad programme, you will be invited to attend an academic culture session via email.  If you are participating in a School Abroad programme, your Study Abroad Coordinator will invite you to attend a School pre-departure briefing.
  • Further information about the Teams Live event and Moodle module will be sent to students via email in April.

Pre-Departure Agreement

All outbound students are required to complete a Pre-Departure Agreement prior to departure.  This can be done online via a MySaint task.  Please see our documentation webpages for further details.

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

This course is designed as a basic introduction for anyone interested in teaching English as a Foreign Language at home or abroad. The aim of the course is to provide trainees with an understanding of the way that language operates, as well as fundamentals of language training and teaching methodology and to give them a basis upon which to build professional teaching skills.

The full course fee is £225, including a non-returnable deposit of £50. However, 2nd year Modern Languages students who have applied to the Language Assistantship Programme as part of their WIYA can apply to pay only the £50 deposit as subsidies are available to these students on a first come first served basis through Study Abroad

Please see the course webpage for further information.

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