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Africa Orientation

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Friday, May 2, 2014

1:00 - 4:30 PM
Jon M. Huntsman Hall, Room 265 (JMHH 265)
3730 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sponsors: Office of the Vice Provost for Global Initiatives, African Studies Center

This orientation seeks to bring together any and all undergraduate, graduate, soon to be post-graduate students, and staff traveling to Africa for research, internships, study abroad or other programs.  Faculty and administrators accompanying students on travels to Africa are also encouraged to attend.

Africa experts will discuss Historical & Cultural Trends in Africa, Cultural Considerations, Research and Academic advice, and Internships and Volunteering advice.  Past participants and students native to the countries and regions will be invited to mix and mingle, while offering their local perspective and answering any questions concerning specific cultural differences, packing advice, food, health concerns, and the Global Activities Registry.


Register no later than Thursday, May 1st at 1pm.

Remember, students will need to complete the Heath, Safety & Security webinar before they are able to complete the registration process.


Articles for students going to Africa

Download and read these articles to help prepare yourself for your upcoming trip to africa. 

    • africa orientation flyer2014
    • africa orientation flyer2014

Health, Safety & Security Webinar

Before registering, all attendees must view the Africa Orientation Health, Safety & Security Webinar in its entirety.

This requirement is MANDATORY.


Travel Health Appointments

The University recommends that all travelers make an appointment for a travel health consult before going abroad. Below is the process for scheduling a travel consult with Student Health Services:

Process for SHS appointment:


1. Schedule a free travel consult


2. Schedule a physical exam (only if required by program)

        - Make sure to inform receptionist that you need a physical when you


        - A physical can be tagged onto the travel consult appointment but will

          need a longer appointment

   3. Schedule an immunization appointment

        - Receptionist should automatically schedule with a travel

          consult/physical appointment but make sure to double check

        - Schedule appointments well in advance, some immunizations take

          several weeks to be effective

SHS website:

Penn Abroad, International Internship Program