Africa Orientation

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Friday, April 26, 2013

1:00 - 3:30 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, and soon to be post-graduate students traveling to Africa for research, internships, study abroad or other programs throughout the year. Knowledgeable speakers will discuss the featured topics below, followed by breakout sessions that will discuss issues ranging from cultural differences in terms of gender, religion, sexual preferences and disability, plus region specific logistics, what (not) to bring, local customs, and more. Faculty and administrators accompanying students on travels to Africa are also encouraged to attend.


Register no later than Thursday, April 25th 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 flyer 2013
    • Africa orientation flyer 2013

Health, Safety & Security Webinar

Before registering, all attendees must view the 2013 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