UTA Faculty-led Study Abroad Orientation, Summer 2010Presentation Transcript
UTA Study Abroad Pre-departure Orientation
Expectations and Concerns
Write down some of your expectations and concerns
Expectation vs. Reality
Health and safety abroad
Post Acceptance Forms
Course registration at UTA, transcripts
Packing and travel advice
Money – financial aid, tuition payments, etc.
Cultural learning and adjustment
Anything you want to discuss
What Study Abroad Is (and is not)
Not a vacation for credit or easy A
Not without challenges and difficult moments
It is an academic pursuit that will be fun too
It will be one of the best choices you will make as a student
Students will be held accountable to any attendance policy put forth by the host institution and/or faculty
Travel is NOT an excuse to miss class!
Attending classes will improve performance in all courses, especially language studies
Insurance is required!
HTH Worldwide Insurance information in your folder
UT System Study Abroad Insurance - no current policy
Information about ISIC insurance in your folder
You can choose another insurance plan as long as it meets UTA’s minimum required levels of coverage
Medical – $100,000.00
Medical Evacuation – $10,000.00 (included with SOS)
Repatriation of Remains – $7,500.00 (included with SOS)
More on Insurance
Most insurance is not accepted in the host country (any type)
Find out exactly what documents you need in order to get your reimbursement (i.e. receipts, Dr. notes etc…)
Reimbursement can be VERY DIFFICULT if you try to collect documentation after the fact
ISIC Basic cards have insurance coverage, but not enough to be sole source of insurance
You can upgrade your ISIC card to carry a sufficient amount of insurance
Discount airfares, domestic and international
Worldwide discounts at hotels, restaurants, museums etc…
$22 for Basic, $72.00 for Premium – available at Study Abroad Office
Good for one year
Increasing discounts available in DFW area
Visit myisic.com for discount information
ISIC application in your packet
Information and registration instructions in your packet
Free for all UTA students, faculty and staff
Emergency services, does not replace medical insurance
Follow instructions in packet to register with SOS
Print out proof of your registration with SOS and include this with your Post-acceptance Form
You can also email your proof of registration directly to [email_address] from the SOS website
Forms included in your packet
Please be sure forms are fully completed, especially your itinerary information
Forms must be submitted by May 14th. Submit to the Office of International Education, Swift Center, 1022 UTA Blvd
Feel free to contact the Study Abroad Office with questions: 817-272-1120, [email_address]
Taking Medications Abroad
ALWAYS carry medicines, both prescription and non-prescription, in factory or pharmacy packaging.
Take a copy of the prescription with you. You may need it to carry the drug into the country.
Find out, from the country’s embassy or consulate, if the drug is legal or is considered a controlled substance in the country. You can go to jail in some countries if you are in possession of a controlled substance.
Please refer to the section on taking medications abroad in your Study Abroad Handbook for more information.
Health and Safety Abroad
Communicate with your host institution staff while abroad
Recognize the effects of travel and stress on your mind and body
If something is bothering you, mention it to someone
Don’t underestimate the importance of your health
Health Form – Optional, but HIGHLY encouraged
Study abroad can be a stressful activity, particularly in the early stages of the experience. This stress can exacerbate pre-existing conditions.
Failure to let in-country staff know about a medical condition can cause a serious and even fatal delay in the diagnosis and treatment of any condition you have that may occur while on study abroad.
Medical alert bracelets are a good idea!
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Become familiar with the Center for Disease Control’s information pertaining to your study site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel
You can also call the CDC International Travelers Hotline at (888) 232 3228
U.S. State Department
Register your trip with the US Embassy or Consulate where you are traveling: http://studentsabroad.state.gov/
You should read A Safe Trip Abroad, also published by the State Department: http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html
Questions about your entry requirements? Go to http://travel.state.gov/foreignentryreqs.html
Leave a copy of your documents with your spouse, parents or designated emergency contact
Carry a copy of your documents in your luggage
Scan a copy of your documents and email them to yourself so that you can access them easily
Before you leave, develop an itinerary and leave it with the OIE and your emergency contact
ALWAYS tell emergency contact, OIE and program sponsor about your travel plans
You are responsible for setting up distribution of all financial aid and scholarships
FA procedure – direct deposit
No university officials can take care of financial aid in your place
Only a person to whom you have given power of attorney can sign documents and pick up your award checks
Power of Attorney
This gives a person legal authority to act in your place
Be sure you trust the person to whom you give this implicitly!
You are responsible for any debt incurred in your name by the person with your power of attorney
For more information, visit the UTA Student Legal Services: www2.uta.edu/attorney
Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time. - Stephen Wright
You can live with less and be happier doing it
Power converters are a must for most
Know the weather where you are going and pack accordingly
Less Is More and other practical matters
How are you going to access your money?
ATM’s are widely available in most countries, but it’s good to have some back-ups
Keep exchange rates in mind when budgeting and spending your money
Let your bank know that you’ll be travelling so that they won’t freeze your account
Check with your bank and credit card company about foreign transaction fees
See if your bank partners with any international banks
Money dinero moolah quid. . . Money
Don’t carry large sums of cash
Get a money belt
Be aware of your surroundings and be very skeptical of any strangers who want to help you with anything money-related
Don’t carry your wallet in your back pocket
Don’t carry an open purse/bag
Be especially vigilant at ATM’s
Put your money in more than
one place: some in your pocket,
some in your shoe, etc. . .
Avoid wearing expensive jewelry
Money as a Safety Issue
More on playing it safe and smart overseas
“ Alcohol removes inhibitions - like that scared little
mouse who got drunk and shook his whiskers and
shouted: ‘Now bring on that damn cat!’”
- old Guinness ad
Travel + Overindulgence =Regret
Be aware of the customs of the country. Drinking to excess may be less tolerated where you are studying.
There are some serious dangers to consider in reduced alertness in unfamiliar surroundings. Drugging is not at all uncommon. Always try to buy your own drinks.
Keep control of yourself and be aware of your own limits.
More on Alcohol
Never go home with a stranger.
Always go out with at least one friend (especially if you are a woman), and return with that friend.
Please note that abuse of alcohol can be grounds for dismissal from the program.
Doing illegal drugs in a foreign country is a VERY BAD IDEA.
Drugs account for almost half of Americans arrested overseas.
If you get caught with them, you could be thrown into a jail unlike any you could ever imagine.
The U.S. government cannot help you out of such a situation. You are subject to laws of that country.
Other Bad Ideas
Don’t travel with a person you don’t know well, especially if the trip involves picking up or dropping off a package.
Never agree to carry anything for another person across a border.
It’s important to remember that even if illegal activity like drug use seems common and overlooked by authorities, it can still come with horrible consequences.
Locked Up Abroad (Just Say No)
For more convincing evidence for avoiding illegal activity overseas, check out Locked Up Abroad on National Geographic http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/locked-up-abroad
More Tips for Safe Travel
Wear your pride on the inside.
Steer clear of demonstrations large or small.
Do some research about your destination before you get there – weather, customs, political climate, landscape, currency, etc.
Stay aware of your surroundings and listen to your instincts.
Tips for Staying in Hostels
Research your options ahead of time if possible
Is the hostel you’re considering mentioned in a guidebook? Lonely Planet and similar books are good resources.
Does it have a website? Are there photos?
Is it part of an international hostel association, like Hostelling International?
Can you find comments online from other folks who have stayed there?
Is there a place for you to safely store your things?
International Romance (and why a US Passport is more valuable to some than a big diamond)
Be aware that different cultures have different ideas about relationships, dating and appropriate behavior concerning these issues.
It’s probably not the best idea to get married while you’re abroad. Be aware that an individual may be interested in you more for your citizenship than for your shining intellect, wholesome southern beauty and cute American accent.
Culture Shock & Adjustment
Helplessness and withdrawal
Fear of being cheated, robbed, or injured
A glazed stare
Intense desire for home and friends
Loneliness, isolation and disorientation
Stress- headache, upset stomach, sleeplessness
Culture shock can be very intense for some and nonexistent for
others. But it can be controlled and eventually eliminated.
Remedies for Culture Shock
Expect culture shock
Rest- you will need to sleep more than normal
Meet new people- this helps you learn the culture faster
Suspend judgment as much as possible
Write and reflect on your experiences and feelings
Talk to a counselor or friend
Journal about your daily adventures
Download your pictures anytime
Share it all with your friends and family as it happens
UTA Study Abroad Blog
Send us the link to your blog and we will post it on our website. This is also a good way to fulfill scholarship requirements.
blog.uta.edu getjealous.com travelblog.org
UTA Study Abroad Blog http://blog.uta.edu/studyabroad /
Become our Fan on Facebook
Message us on Skype
UT Arlington Study Abroad
Follow us on Twitter
Reentry and reverse culture shock
Often more difficult than adjustment to foreign cultures
How to cope
Prepare a 30 second answer
Find people who have had similar experiences and ways to share those experiences
Be a Study Abroad Ambassador!
Returning Party, Study Abroad Fair, Photo Contest
Be a Study Abroad Ambassador
Share your overseas experience with interested students
Help promote studying abroad at SA fairs, info sessions, preview days, etc.
Serve as an International Peer Advisor and help welcome new international students to UTA
Help organize activities for International Education Week, including the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest
Sign up in the Study Abroad Office once you return to the US
Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest
Annual Study Abroad Photo Contest is held every November
Submit a photo and short narrative for each category:
Photos will be displayed in the University Center Gallery during International Education Week
The public votes for their favorites in each category
Winning photographers receive cool prizes
Check out the 2008 photos on the UTA Study
Abroad Facebook Page
Einstein and His Esteemed Colleagues Location: Paris, France Photographer: Robert Clark
A new housing program offered through UTA’s on-campus apartments and OIE