SIT Study Abroad<br />South Africa: Globalization, Sports, and Development - the 2010 Soccer World Cup <br />
SIT Study Abroad<br />Wanda Dutton<br />	University Relations Manager-New England<br />wanda.dutton@sit.edu<br />Katie Jon...
On - Going Orientation<br />Today’s Meeting<br />At your school<br />On-line documents. Read and share with your parents<b...
Today’s Meeting<br />Web Advisor/Admission Confirmation Forms<br />Medical Forms<br />Pre-Departure Information<br />Readi...
WebAdvisor<br />Check what materials we have received<br />	Should be updated within 2 business days<br />Upload your trav...
On-Line Pre-Departure Info<br />Reading Lists<br />Packing Lists<br />Student Handbook<br />Student Responsibilities<br />...
Passport and Visa<br />You need a Passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of the program.<br />Upon a...
International Travel<br />You are responsible for arranging and purchasing your air and/or ground tickets to Johannesburg,...
Billing Information / Scholarships<br />May 15 Deadline<br />The Financial Aid Information Sheet for students receiving ai...
Student Insurance<br />Included in program cost<br />Covers medical care necessitated by sickness or accidents which occur...
Meet Gretchen Curry<br />Participant in Summer 2009<br />South Africa: Education and Social Change Program<br />
Banking and Money<br />Visa or MasterCard is preferred (over traveler checks)<br />Please be sure to check with your bank ...
Cell Phones<br />US cells MAY work but you need to check with your carrier<br />Most students purchase a cell in country<b...
Academic Director<br />Academic Roles<br />Organize the initial orientation, language training, lectures and seminars<br /...
In-Country Orientation<br />Academic expectations<br />Grading policies <br />Administrative details<br />Health and safet...
Academics<br />Globalization Sports and Development Seminar<br />4 credits<br />Sports & Community Practicum<br />4 cedits...
Cultural  Immersion & Adjustment <br />Be prepared to experience the new culture with a more open and understanding outloo...
The Homestay<br />Selected by SIT's local representatives<br />Any family is "typical" of your host community<br />Extraor...
Next Steps<br />Read Academic Director Letter<br />Important information about your upcoming semester. <br />A more specif...
Alumni Recommendations<br />Read, read, read<br />Learn as much as you can about your country and program theme beforehand...
Important Contact Info<br />SIT Study Abroad<br />PO Box 676, Kipling Road <br />Brattleboro, VT 05302<br />Toll Free: 888...
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Pre-Departure Orientation

  1. 1. SIT Study Abroad<br />South Africa: Globalization, Sports, and Development - the 2010 Soccer World Cup <br />
  2. 2. SIT Study Abroad<br />Wanda Dutton<br /> University Relations Manager-New England<br />wanda.dutton@sit.edu<br />Katie Jones<br /> Admissions Counselor – Africa<br />katie.jones@sit.edu<br />Chris Clarke<br /> Associate Dean of Student Affairs<br />christopher.clarke@sit.edu<br />
  3. 3. On - Going Orientation<br />Today’s Meeting<br />At your school<br />On-line documents. Read and share with your parents<br />Your ongoing self-preparation prior to departure<br />The on-site orientation in Johannesburg<br />The ongoing reflection and discussions which take place throughout your program<br />
  4. 4. Today’s Meeting<br />Web Advisor/Admission Confirmation Forms<br />Medical Forms<br />Pre-Departure Information<br />Reading Lists<br />Packing Lists<br />Visas<br />Travel Information<br />Billing Information/Scholarships<br />Student Insurance<br />Alumni Mentor: Gretchen Curry<br />Banking, Money, Cell Phones<br />Orientation in Johannesburg. AD roles<br />Cultural Adjustment – Health & Safety<br />
  5. 5. WebAdvisor<br />Check what materials we have received<br /> Should be updated within 2 business days<br />Upload your travel itinerary<br />Lost or forgotten password?<br />Contact Kim Noble<br />Kim.noble@sit.edu<br />
  6. 6. On-Line Pre-Departure Info<br />Reading Lists<br />Packing Lists<br />Student Handbook<br />Student Responsibilities<br />Visas<br />Travel Info<br />
  7. 7. Passport and Visa<br />You need a Passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of the program.<br />Upon arrival in South Africa, you will be issued an entry point visa that will indicate the number of days you will be allowed to stay in the country.<br />Entry visas obtained at border posts are valid for a maximum of 90 days. <br />Must apply for visitors visa (not student) and indicate purpose of travel as educational tourism<br />http://www.sit.edu/sitstudyabroad/predeparture/sfg_travel.pdf<br />
  8. 8. International Travel<br />You are responsible for arranging and purchasing your air and/or ground tickets to Johannesburg, returning from Durban. <br />Meet your group in Johannesburg<br />at the OR Tambo International Airport<br />Friday June 4th by 6:30pm <br />International Arrivals Area <br />Program formally end on July 16, 2010 <br />http://www.sit.edu/sitstudyabroad/predeparture/sfg-flight-info.pdf<br />
  9. 9. Billing Information / Scholarships<br />May 15 Deadline<br />The Financial Aid Information Sheet for students receiving aid (including student loans) from their schools should be faxed to SIT at 802.258.3540 by May 1.<br />You can apply for SIT scholarships<br />SIT Study Abroad scholarship application<br />Copy of your most recent Student Aid Report (SAR) - the report generated from completing the FAFSA form. International students should contact our Financial Aid Office for an alternative form to complete. <br />Financial Assessment Form<br />
  10. 10. Student Insurance<br />Included in program cost<br />Covers medical care necessitated by sickness or accidents which occur during the official program period (including one day before and one day after the conclusion of the program)<br />Reimbursement basis<br />You may also elect to maintain your own health insurance policies in addition to the SIT insurance, or to purchase additional insurance<br />http://www.sit.edu/SSA_Other_documents/health_insur_policy_info.pdf<br />
  11. 11. Meet Gretchen Curry<br />Participant in Summer 2009<br />South Africa: Education and Social Change Program<br />
  12. 12. Banking and Money<br />Visa or MasterCard is preferred (over traveler checks)<br />Please be sure to check with your bank to see if cards will work and what the fees are<br />Also be sure to tell your bank that you plan on traveling<br />A suggested total amount of money to bring ranges from US$500- 1000.<br />bring at least US$150 for upfront medical costs (you can be reimbursed later if need to use it)<br />
  13. 13. Cell Phones<br />US cells MAY work but you need to check with your carrier<br />Most students purchase a cell in country<br />Upfront cost (for phone and SIM) = $50<br />Cost is approx. $1.25 per minute to the US<br />ALL incoming calls are free<br />
  14. 14. Academic Director<br />Academic Roles<br />Organize the initial orientation, language training, lectures and seminars<br />Arrange excursions<br />Non-Academic Roles<br />Cross-cultural counseling and advising<br />Administrative duties <br />
  15. 15. In-Country Orientation<br />Academic expectations<br />Grading policies <br />Administrative details<br />Health and safety precautions <br />Cultural Do’s & Don’ts<br />Student responsibilities - Expectations<br />
  16. 16. Academics<br />Globalization Sports and Development Seminar<br />4 credits<br />Sports & Community Practicum<br />4 cedits<br />Basic Instruction in IsiZulu Language and Culture<br />Non credit bearing<br />
  17. 17. Cultural Immersion & Adjustment <br />Be prepared to experience the new culture with a more open and understanding outlook<br />Homestay<br />Contacts and friendships in the community<br />Health and Safety<br />
  18. 18. The Homestay<br />Selected by SIT's local representatives<br />Any family is "typical" of your host community<br />Extraordinary learning opportunity about the country, its culture, and varying human responses to the world and issues facing us all<br />
  19. 19. Next Steps<br />Read Academic Director Letter<br />Important information about your upcoming semester. <br />A more specific schedule and emergency contact information while you are abroad. <br />Receive Group list<br />Add Flight Itinerary to WebAdvisor<br />Required Readings <br />
  20. 20. Alumni Recommendations<br />Read, read, read<br />Learn as much as you can about your country and program theme beforehand<br />Expect the unexpected<br />Savor the surprises<br />Enjoy the new worlds opening up to you<br />Stay connected – alumni network<br />
  21. 21. Important Contact Info<br />SIT Study Abroad<br />PO Box 676, Kipling Road <br />Brattleboro, VT 05302<br />Toll Free: 888 272 7881<br />Fax: 802-258-3296<br />Katie Jones-Admissions Counselor<br />Katie.jones@sit.edu<br />802-258-3263<br />

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