Pre-departure responsibilities for all students who participate on an international excursion arranged through or by Mount Allison University.

  1. Read the Practical Considerations page 
  2. Apply for a visa (if required) - depending on your nationality and length of stay in the country, you may need a visa or residence/study permit. Go directly to the website of the host country's embassy or high commission to determine if you need an official document to enter the country. It is your responsibility to take care of all visa-related paperwork and costs (which includes applying for a new passport if your current passport has expired or will expire during your time outside the country). Often the host university will guide you through the visa application process. Contact the International Affairs Coordinator ( for additional assistance. NOTE: you will undoubtedly need an acceptance letter from the host university in order to apply for the visa or residence/study permit. The sooner you apply to the host university, the sooner you will receive your acceptance letter, and the sooner you can apply for your visa.
  3. Register with the Canadian Government - Registration of Canadians Abroad (ROCA) is a free service that allows the Government of Canada to notify you in case of an emergency abroad or a personal emergency at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest.  The website is available here:
  4. Complete all International Centre paperwork - you are required to complete and submit each of the following forms to the International Centre prior to departure:
    1. International Travel Form (1B)
    2. International Travel Waiver (1C) 
    3. International Travel Pre-Departure Checklist (1D) 
  5. Complete the online travel liability modules - otherwise known as SOS, this final step consists of online modules which help to prepare you for the risks associated with international travel. Each module takes approximately 30-40min to complete. You cannot proceed to the next module until you complete the preceding module successfully. Take your time so that you only have to do each module once. For more information on how to access SOS, visit the SOS section below. IMPORTANT: you must successfully complete the SOS travel modules prior to the start of the exchange. The University is firm on this. It is a matter of personal and institutional liability. If you do not complete the modules prior to the start of your exchange, the University reserves the right to de-register you from the exchange and withhold all transfer credits.  

SOS International Travel Risk Modules


  • All students participating in a Mount Allison program for which there is international travel are required to complete the SOS International Travel Risk modules. Failure to complete the modules prior to the start of the program or travel may result in any of the following: removal from the trip, deregistration from the program, or suspension of academic credit. 
  • If you are traveling as part of a group of students with Mount Allison University, you will be given a username and password to login with prior to your international travel departure date
  • If you are traveling independently, participating in an exchange or planning to do a non-MTA program intending to receive transfer credit (LOP), you will need to "register" and create an account with SOS International before you can complete the modules.  
  • To access the SOS International Travel Modules please visit:
  • Once you have completed the three modules successfully, you need to send PDF copies of the certificates to the International Affairs Coordinator by email or print the certificates off and bring them to the International Centre in person.   For more information about the steps involved in completing the SOS Travel Risk Modules, please contact the International Centre at