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ACE participants start preparing for their experience from the moment they are accepted to one of our ACE programs. ACE pre-departure training helps student-athletes build their skills and broaden their perspectives in a variety of ways, including:

  • virtual program-specific meetings and online modules
  • on-campus training sessions at Duke and Stanford
  • weekly “staying on pACE” reminder emails, which remind participants of what they need to do to stay on track
  • communication and guidance from ACE Ambassadors (ACE alumni leaders), who play a pivotal role in preparing ACE participants
  • campus-specific trainings and preparation for working with minors which may also include a background check
  • pre-departure medical appoint with the international travel clinic at Duke Student Health/Vaden (as applicable by program)

The ACE staff tries to be mindful of student-athletes’ practice times and competition schedules when planning required spring pre-departure meetings.

ACE Pre-Program Training Timeline (2022)

Please continue to check your email for updated locations, times, Zoom links, and program specific meetings.

  • APRIL 14 (9PM EST/6PM PST) – Welcome Meeting (Zoom)
  • WEEK OF APRIL 18 – 19 (TBD) – Duke Welcome Meeting (In Person)
  • WEEK OF MAY 16 – 18 (TBD) – Stanford Welcome Meeting (In Person)
  • JUNE 13 (9PM EST/6PM PST) – Summer Kick Off (Zoom)