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Program Services

Global Temple Conference

Pre-departure preparations

Once accepted, we provide you with detailed pre-departure materials designed to guide you in preparing yourself for your time abroad. Pre-departure materials include:

  • Course registration materials
  • Passport information and visa application instructions
  • Travel and arrival information
  • Health insurance information
  • Health and safety information
  • Housing information
  • Billing document, containing confirmed tuition and program fees, and payment policies
  • Cultural preparation information and resources

Pre-departure orientation

During the semester prior to your departure, our staff hosts an in-person orientation in Philadelphia, as well as an online orientation for students who do not live in the Philadelphia area.

Passports and visas

A valid passport is required for all programs. If your program requires a visa, we will provide detailed visa application instructions to accepted students and assist with the visa application process. For more information, visit the passport and visa page for your program:


  • You will make your own travel arrangements to and from your program location, but we will provide you with detailed information about where and when to arrive after program acceptance.
  • All students are required to arrive on time and be present for the duration of the program, including the on-site orientation.


Housing is guaranteed for all program participants who request housing. To secure housing after you are accepted to the program, you will submit a housing form and a $200 non-refundable housing deposit by the deadline set for your particular program. For information about housing, visit the Housing page within your program's site.

On-site orientation

The on-site orientation takes place during your first several days in-country and includes:

  • Introductions to the faculty, staff and resources of the program
  • Facilities and neighborhood tour 
  • Cultural norms and expectations
  • Review of health and safety matters and emergency procedures
  • Cultural activities/excursions
  • Cell phone information
  • Visa procedures (as applicable)
  • Dorm/homestay orientation (as applicable) 

Details about on-site orientation is provided to accepted students before departure.

Health insurance

All program participants will have international health insurance coverage through GeoBlue (formerly HTH Worldwide**). Education Abroad will obtain the insurance on your behalf, and the cost will appear on your program bill. While all program participants will have coverage from GeoBlue, be sure to maintain your U.S. health insurance coverage for your time abroad. More detailed insurance information is provided to accepted students.

**Summer and Fall 2016 students are still enrolled with HTH Worldwide; the name change to GeoBlue is in effect as of Spring 2017.

Emergency services

In the event of a medical emergency overseas, all students on a Temple University study abroad program also have access to 24-hour assistance through International SOS. International SOS services help students with medical, travel and security information when away from home.