Pre-Departure Training

International Learning offers online Pre-Departure training, called International Pre-Departure and Post-Experience through OWL, for all Western students participating in University sanctioned international experiences. To successfully complete this, students must achieve at least 80% in the final quiz from two attempts. An electronic 'Certificate of Completion' is issued under the 'Certification' tab to students who successfully complete the final quiz and must be uploaded to the student's Travel Registry entry through Atlas. 
Completion of this training prior to travel is a requirement under Western's Safety Abroad Policy.

International Pre-Departure and Post-Experience Modules include:

  • Academic Preparation (mandatory for exchange, study abroad, internships or research students)
  • Accommodations & Accessibility
  • Cyber Security
  • Health & Wellness
  • Travel Logistics
  • Travel & Medical Insurance
  • Safety Abroad
  • Location Specific Resources
  • Intercultural Engagement
  • Gender Norms & Sexual Violence (check with your program for requirements)
  • Critical & Ethical Global Engagement (check with your program for requirements)
  • Reflection (optional post-experience module)
  • Career Readiness (optional post-experience module)

Steps to complete International Pre-Departure and Post-Experience

  1. Click International Pre-Departure and Post-Experience.
  2. Click “Yes, add me.”
  3. The site will show up in your OWL account.
  4. Click “Modules” on the left-side menu to access all modules listed above.
  5. Review modules required for your program.
  6. When ready, click “Final Quiz” on the menu to attempt the IPDPE quiz.
  7. If the Critical and Ethical Global Engagement (CEGE) or Gender Norms and Sexual Violence (GNSV) modules are required for your program, click “Quizzes for Additional Resources” to attempt those quizzes separately.
  8. Achieve at least 80% from two attempts.
  9. Access your certificate(s) under "Certification" on the menu.
  10. Upload your certificate(s) to the “Additional Documents” step in your Travel Registry on Atlas.

Please contact us at or 519-661-2111 ext. 86075 if you have any difficulty.


The  Gender Norms & Sexual Violence (GNSV) and Critical & Ethical Global Engagement (CEGE) modules include a face-to-face workshop that is open to all Western students and is required by some programs at Western. If the face-to-face workshop is required for your particular international learning program, you will be notified by the respective faculty or staff member administering the program. However, all students are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you plan to attend the workshop, you must complete the online modules prior to the workshop.