Pre-Departure Sessions

If you are going on university-related travel outside of Canada, you are required to complete a Pre-Departure Session before you leave. Whether you are headed out for a full year of of research or will simply be away for a week-long conference, it's important that you recieve Pre-Departure preparation so your planning is in line with Memorial's Travel Outside Canada Policy.

The Mobility Team offers biweekly Pre-Departure Sessions for students throughout the year to help travellers meet this criteria. If you or your travel fall into the following categories, please sign-up for an upcoming Pre-Departure Session via the Memorial Travel Registry.

  • You are a graduate student who is;
    • Going on a research experience abroad as part of your program; OR
    • Going to a conference abroad as a attendee or presenter; OR
  • You are a medical resident travelling to conference abroad; OR
  • You are an undergraduate student attending a conference abroad; OR
  • You are a student participant in a Global Health initiative. 

If you have participated in a Pre-Departure Session within the last 12 months, please connect with the team at to determine if your attendance at another session is required.

If you are travelling for the purposes of exchange, faculty-led programme or fieldwork, your Mobility Coordinator or Faculty Lead will arrange a specific Pre-Departure training for your experience. In these cases, you are not required to sign up for the above described sessions.

If you're unsure of whether you require Pre-Departure Training or if you should sign up for a session, please contact us at with a description of your planned experience and we'd be happy to help.