Prepare to go (Pre-departure)

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Going abroad is an incredible opportunity and we want you to make the most of your experience.

Pre-departure session

Go Global’s pre-departure information session is a key way to help you prepare for going abroad.

If you are accepted to go on a Go Global experience, a Go Global Advisor will contact you with the details on the following sessions.

Learn about logistics, safety abroad, flight and visa information, and much more. Connect with other students who have recently returned from your partner university. Ask questions about what people have learned abroad, make connections with others, and get the inside scoop.

This session is mandatory. The following topics will be covered:

  • Transfer credit and academic planning
  • Awards and financial concerns
  • Health and safety
  • What to expect on your exchange

When are sessions?

For Term 1, full year, and summer students the Pre-Departure session will be in March.

For Term 2 and split year students the Pre-Departure session date will be in October.

Important documents

Before you leave Canada, you need to ensure that you have certain documents in hand and insurance in place.


  • If you do not have one, apply now — the process can take several months.
  • If you need to renew your passport, do so now — your passport must be valid for your program’s duration, plus an additional six months following.

Medical and travel insurance

Your medical and travel insurance coverage needs to be comprehensive enough to prevent costly surprises in the event of a medical emergency or travel hiccup during your time abroad.

Talk to your insurance provider and travel agent about your trip plans and discuss insurance options they can provide.

If you are covered by ihaveaplanregister to alert the provider of your travel plans.

  • The UBCO policy number is: 77583 and the ID Number is your UBCO student ID number.
  • For further information, call 1 877 795 4427,Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or email

Other documents

To confirm the additional documentation (e.g. study/travel visas) you will need to have in place for your Go Global experience, contact the consulate for the country to which you will be traveling.

Confirm well in advance of your travel dates what immigration documents you need to enter the country, the application procedure, fees, and lead time required. It may take several months to research and confirm your documentation requirements.