Pre-Departure Orientation

Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a lengthy and detailed pre-departure Online Orientation in the Veritas Abroad Student Portal. This Pre-departure orientation serves as a primer for a study abroad experience in Dunedin, New Zealand. Students will receive access to this comprehensive and detailed pre-departure Online Orientation after the Final Forms and Payment deadline. The Online Orientation provides relevant information and useful tools to familiarize students with their host countries prior to program departure. This information will remain available to students throughout the duration of their program through the Veritas Abroad Student Portal.

The Online Orientation will cover the following topics:

  • Cultural differences and highlights
  • Housing and accommodations
  • Basic understanding of the local language
  • Budgeting
  • Cell phones
  • Food
  • Banking
  • Universities
  • Transportation
  • Packing
  • Travel tips
  • Health and Safety
  • Living in the host city
  • Staff
  • Academic Tips for Success
  • Additional Resources

If you have any questions regarding the Veritas Christian Study Abroad Online Orientation, please contact the Veritas staff for more information.


On-Site Orientation: Bridging Cultures Program

The Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) is designed to help ease our students' transition into their study abroad experiences by introducing them to their new host country’s culture, language, and lifestyle. 

The Bridging Cultures Program blends discussion and interactive activities into an informative and fun introduction to the student's new host country. Each program is designed to:


  • Help facilitate the adjustment and adaptation process.
  • Guide students through a goal-setting activity to encourage them to reflect on their expectations for their study abroad experiences.
  • Introduce students to the local culture through a variety of activities including reviewing key words and phrases in the local dialect, understanding traditions, and more.
  • Visit culturally relevant destinations in Dunedin during a familiarization tour, accompanied by ISA/Veritas Resident Staff.
  • Prepare students for some of the relevant health and safety issues in New Zealand.