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  • Pre Departure Guide

    1. 1. PRE-DEPARTURE GUIDE for Students and Scholars going to the United States of America
    2. 2. Health Insurance <ul><li>Carefully assess your personal and family medical care needs before your departure to the US. </li></ul><ul><li>You may require additional health insurance to meet your needs. You will be responsible for securing the health insurance and incurring the cost. </li></ul><ul><li>Review university health insurance on your university’s webpage and speak to the international student adviser. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Health Insurance <ul><li>It is recommended to see an Eye Doctor & Dentist </li></ul><ul><li>before traveling to the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Your Immunizations: </li></ul><ul><li>Measles, Mumps and Rubella is required </li></ul><ul><li>Diphtheria & Tetanus is recommended </li></ul><ul><li>Bring enough prescription medications until you consult with a doctor in the U.S. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Employment <ul><li>You may be eligible to engage in employment during the academic year. </li></ul><ul><li>J-1 and F-1 Visa regulations limit work authorization to a maximum of 20 hours a week (only after the second year for F-1 visa holders) on campus during the academic year and 40 hours a week during summer and holidays. </li></ul><ul><li>You must check with your International Student Adviser / Student Services contact for approval to pursue employment. Inquire about all rules and regulations concerning employment. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) <ul><li>SEVIS is a U.S. government mandated Internet-based system to </li></ul><ul><li>enable U.S. institutions and the U.S. Department of Homeland </li></ul><ul><li>Security to exchange information on the immigration and </li></ul><ul><li>academic status of international students, scholars and their </li></ul><ul><li>dependents nationwide. </li></ul>
    6. 6. SEVIS <ul><li>Congress requires the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a branch of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), to maintain updated information on approximately one million non-immigrant foreign students and exchange visitors during the course of their stay in the United States each year. </li></ul><ul><li>SEVIS allows ICE to maintain up-to-date information on foreign students and exchange visitors in order to ensure that they arrive in the United States, register at the school or exchange program, and properly maintain their status during their stay. </li></ul>
    7. 7. SEVIS <ul><li>The SEVIS system tracks entries to and </li></ul><ul><li>exits from the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>The following is information required by SEVIS: </li></ul><ul><li>Address and name changes </li></ul><ul><li>Extensions of study </li></ul><ul><li>Early completion of program </li></ul><ul><li>Transfer of schools </li></ul><ul><li>Academic training </li></ul>
    8. 8. J-2 Dependent Policies <ul><li>A separate DS-2019 document is required for each dependent accompanying a J-1 visa holder. Your university/host institution should be able to issue the DS-2019 document for J-2 dependents. </li></ul><ul><li>Your spouse and children under the age of 21 are eligible to apply for J-2 dependent’s visas. </li></ul><ul><li>J-2 visa issuance is at the discretion of the US Embassy in your home country. </li></ul><ul><li>Grant funds are intended for the recipient only. </li></ul><ul><li>You can not bring members of your family unless you have additional resources to provide for them. </li></ul><ul><li>If you have been assigned to a pre-academic program, you cannot have dependents accompany you. </li></ul>
    9. 9. J-2 Visa Particulars <ul><li>J-2’s can apply for work authorization after arrival in the US: There is no guarantee the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS) will issue work authorization . </li></ul>
    10. 10. J-2 Visa Particulars <ul><li>Upon J-2 arrival, you must submit proof to your Student Services officer that you have purchased adequate health insurance for your dependents for the duration of their stay in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>J-2’s are also subject to the two year Home Residency Requirement. </li></ul><ul><li>J-2 status is subject to the J-1 status. J-2’s may not remain in the U.S. beyond the time specified on the J-1 visa </li></ul>
    11. 11. Pre-Departure: Suggested items to budget for… <ul><li>Budget Your Stay </li></ul><ul><li>Living Costs (rent, utilities, food) </li></ul><ul><li>Baggage Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Books & Supplies, Computer Expenses </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation/Return Travel (commuting expenses) </li></ul><ul><li>Communications (internet, mobile phone, land line) </li></ul><ul><li>Meals </li></ul><ul><li>Incidentals (laundry, dining out, entertainment) </li></ul><ul><li>Recreational & Travel (semester breaks & holidays) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Pre-Departure Information <ul><li>Important documents to bring: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Legal (passport, DS-2019 or I-20, copy of birth certificate, credit cards, driver’s license, recommended to leave a copy at home as well) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medical (immunization & medical records, prescriptions, eyeglasses) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic (Terms of Appointment/admission letter, diplomas/transcripts from all secondary institutions-with course descriptions) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contacts (carry names, telephone numbers, and addresses of contacts in your home country AND at your U.S. university with you) </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Pre-Departure: Essentials before you leave: <ul><li>Make certain your passport is up-to-date </li></ul><ul><li>Make travel arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Bring home country materials/gifts to share with others </li></ul>
    14. 14. What to pack? What to leave at home? <ul><li>Appropriate clothing for: </li></ul><ul><li>Arrival period (Summer/Fall) </li></ul><ul><li>Climate at university location </li></ul><ul><li>Casual and formal attire </li></ul><ul><li>Passengers are generally </li></ul><ul><li>allowed two pieces of baggage, </li></ul><ul><li>check with your airline for </li></ul><ul><li>weight limits! </li></ul><ul><li>Household items: </li></ul><ul><li>Linens </li></ul><ul><li>Towels </li></ul><ul><li>Cooking utensils </li></ul><ul><li>Study supplies: </li></ul><ul><li>Pens, paper </li></ul><ul><li>Notebooks </li></ul><ul><li>These items can be purchased </li></ul><ul><li>in the U.S. at a reasonable cost. </li></ul>
    15. 15. U.S. Port of Entry <ul><li>STUDENTS MAY NOT ENTER THE U.S. EARLIER THAN 30 DAYS </li></ul><ul><li>BEFORE THE START OF THEIR DS-2019 or I-20 FORM! </li></ul><ul><li>Upon arrival at the port of entry, you must check in at one of the </li></ul><ul><li>Department of Homeland Security stations (Immigration). You must carry your: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Passport </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SEVIS Form DS-2019 or I-20 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Form 1-94 Arrival-Departure Record </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Evidence of financial resources </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>J-1 or F-1 Visa </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>IT IS IMPORTANT YOU TELL THE CUSTOMS AND BORDER </li></ul><ul><li>PROTECTION OFFICER THAT YOU WILL BE AN EXCHANGE </li></ul><ul><li>VISITOR/STUDENT! </li></ul>
    16. 16. Plan your travel to your university <ul><li>Organize your travel to university from airport in advance (bus, train, car rental, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Make appropriate plans if arriving over a weekend or on holiday </li></ul><ul><li>It is recommended that you arrive at your </li></ul><ul><li>university on a weekday! </li></ul>
    17. 17. Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN): <ul><li>SSN or ITIN numbers are unique personal identification numbers used in the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>If you receive funds from a U.S. source, you MUST obtain a SSN or ITIN number </li></ul><ul><li>If your grant payments are issued in your country, It is recommended that you obtain an ITIN number for identification purposes </li></ul><ul><li>You must inform your Student Services Officer as soon as possible of your U.S. SSN </li></ul>
    18. 18. Finding accommodations in the U.S. <ul><li>University housing office </li></ul><ul><li>International student office </li></ul><ul><li>Local and campus newspapers/websites </li></ul><ul><li>Campus and local bulletin boards </li></ul><ul><li>Ask fellow students for housing advice </li></ul><ul><li>Always inspect accommodation before paying. </li></ul><ul><li>Know your rights! Learn about local tenancy laws </li></ul><ul><li>before signing a lease! </li></ul>
    19. 19. Short-term Housing Options <ul><li>Hotels (expensive, full facilities) </li></ul><ul><li>Motels (less expensive, basic facilities) </li></ul><ul><li>Hostels (even less expensive, shared housing) </li></ul><ul><li>Room rental (pay monthly, no contract) </li></ul>
    20. 20. Long-term Housing Options <ul><li>When deciding on housing costs, safety, </li></ul><ul><li>distance, privacy and noise level should be considered. </li></ul><ul><li>University Dormitories </li></ul><ul><li>Apartments </li></ul><ul><li>Room rental (with an American family) </li></ul><ul><li>International Houses </li></ul>
    21. 21. Money and Expenses <ul><li>Checking vs. Savings Account </li></ul><ul><li>Online banking (save time and stamps) </li></ul><ul><li>Automated Teller Machines (ATM) </li></ul><ul><li>Credit Cards (very popular) </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Checks (useful to pay monthly bills) </li></ul><ul><li>Money orders (obtained at the post office) </li></ul><ul><li>Western Union (to wire-transfer funds) </li></ul>
    22. 22. Graduate Degrees <ul><li>Master’s – may be academic or professional </li></ul><ul><li>-Academic Master’s – MA/MS (30 to 60 credits) </li></ul><ul><li>-Professional Master’s – leads to particular profession (MBA, MSW, MFS, M.Ed) </li></ul><ul><li>Doctoral –PhD most commonly awarded at a doctoral level after: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completion of original significant research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write dissertation describing research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Successfully defend thesis </li></ul></ul>
    23. 23. Academic Calendar <ul><li>Generally lasts nine months from August/September to May </li></ul><ul><li>May be divided into two, three or four terms depending on school </li></ul><ul><li>Optional summer term often available to accelerate program </li></ul><ul><li>It is advisable to start program in the Fall as courses are taken in sequence </li></ul>
    24. 24. Grading System/Course Load <ul><li>CREDIT, COURSE LOAD, AND GRADING SYSTEM VARY </li></ul><ul><li>BETWEEN INSTITUTIONS. MAKE SURE YOU ARE </li></ul><ul><li>AWARE OF THE POLICIES OF YOUR INDIVIDUAL </li></ul><ul><li>PROGRAM. </li></ul><ul><li>Passing grade is typically on a scale of “A” to “D” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ F” is failing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May also be a grade-point scale from 0 to 4.0 or Pass/Fail </li></ul><ul><li>A normal full course load is 3 or 4 courses (or 9 to 12 credits per term) </li></ul>
    25. 25. Types of U.S. Institutions: <ul><ul><li>College – smaller than university; do not usually offer doctoral degrees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>University – offers wide range of programs including doctoral. May also be called research university. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Institute – specializes in programs closely related to subject areas: Institute of Technology, Institute of Fashion, etc. </li></ul></ul>
    26. 26. Types of institutions based on sources of funding: <ul><li>PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Private university support comes from student tuition, investment, income research contracts and private donations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuition is higher than public institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Public universities are also called “state universities” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tuition is lower than private institutions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Offers lower tuition to state residents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>International students are considered out-of-state residents </li></ul></ul>
    27. 27. University Offices you will encounter <ul><li>Head/Chair of Department – assumes the programmatic, managerial and fiscal responsibilities within the department. </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Advisor - sets up course schedule to complete your major on time </li></ul><ul><li>Secretaries and Administrative Assistants – will provide answers to your general questions </li></ul><ul><li>Registrar – to register, add, or drop courses </li></ul><ul><li>Bursar - to pay tuition, fees, & other expenses </li></ul>
    28. 28. Academic Adviser <ul><li>May be a member of the faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Will help you select courses, plan program and monitor your academic progress </li></ul><ul><li>You may discuss short-term and long-term professional plan (during and after program completion) </li></ul><ul><li>May discuss opportunities for field experience </li></ul><ul><li>Speak freely – it is acceptable in American culture to voice your opinion freely </li></ul>
    29. 29. Course Registration <ul><li>Procedures are different at each institution </li></ul><ul><li>May be managed online, by phone or by visiting a general registration area </li></ul><ul><li>Plan at least two possible class schedules to give room for “closed” courses </li></ul><ul><li>You may complete payment arrangements, </li></ul><ul><li>secure ID card and submit medical forms during </li></ul><ul><li>registration. </li></ul>
    30. 30. Professor and Student Interaction <ul><li>The code of social behavior between the student and </li></ul><ul><li>Professor is not as precisely defined in the U.S. as in </li></ul><ul><li>other countries. </li></ul><ul><li>Always address teachers as either “Professor” or “Doctor” unless otherwise instructed </li></ul><ul><li>Do not be shocked if some students call their teachers by first name. This is common especially among graduate students. </li></ul><ul><li>Professors usually hold office hours for consultation; </li></ul><ul><li>take advantage of them! </li></ul>
    31. 31. In the Classroom <ul><li>It is important to participate actively in the </li></ul><ul><li>following classroom activities and come </li></ul><ul><li>prepared everyday. Professor’s impression of </li></ul><ul><li>you will be based on your class participation: </li></ul><ul><li>Vocal participation </li></ul><ul><li>Oral presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Group projects </li></ul><ul><li>Research papers </li></ul><ul><li>Midterms/Final exams </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive setting/Seminar format </li></ul>
    32. 32. HONOR CODE refers to academic honesty <ul><li>No plagiarism or cheating </li></ul><ul><li>May be different from code of ethics followed at home </li></ul><ul><li>Talk to your International Student Adviser if in doubt about university code of ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Better to be safe than sorry! </li></ul>
    33. 33. University Library Services <ul><li>Worldwide newspapers and periodicals </li></ul><ul><li>CD-ROM references </li></ul><ul><li>Copy machines </li></ul><ul><li>Computers for internet browsing </li></ul><ul><li>Computers for library database searching </li></ul><ul><li>Printers </li></ul><ul><li>Check for orientation and your particular library’s features and offerings </li></ul>
    34. 34. Computer Access & Availability <ul><li>Locate the ‘Computer Lab’ at school . It is generally free but has limited hours. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit internet cafés. There is a wide range of places that offer access at varying costs. </li></ul><ul><li>Access the internet from public libraries . Local libraries have free facilities but may require advanced reservations and have time limitations. </li></ul><ul><li>To access the internet at home you must have a land-line phone or a wire-less connection. </li></ul>
    35. 35. Geography of the U.S. and more… <ul><li>Natural environments </li></ul><ul><li>Are you near the beach, mountains, deserts or plains? </li></ul><ul><li>Times zones </li></ul><ul><li>Did you know there is a three hour time difference between the east and west coast? </li></ul><ul><li>Climate </li></ul><ul><li>What is the weather like where you will be living? </li></ul><ul><li>Localities </li></ul><ul><li>Will you be living in a rural, urban or suburban location? </li></ul><ul><li>Map of the United States </li></ul><ul><li>Familiarize yourself with the U.S. before you arrive! </li></ul>
    36. 36. Local Transportation <ul><li>Subways/commuter trains - weekly or monthly passes are less expensive. </li></ul><ul><li>Bicycles - in many states, helmets are required by law. </li></ul><ul><li>Buses - may have limited hours and stops but are an inexpensive way to get around locally. </li></ul><ul><li>Taxis - may cost more but generally provide fast, safe transportation. </li></ul><ul><li>Do not hitchhike in the United States! </li></ul>
    37. 37. Long Distance Travel <ul><li>Airplanes (the quickest, easiest way to travel long distances. Prices are competitive). </li></ul><ul><li>Trains (slower but a more scenic way to travel. Prices could be equal to flying). </li></ul><ul><li>Buses (slow but inexpensive way to travel long distances around the U.S.). </li></ul><ul><li>Cars (allow for maximum flexibility but cost more than any form of public transportation). </li></ul><ul><li>For discounted fares: </li></ul><ul><li>Search online for special deals, ask for a student </li></ul><ul><li>discount, check local travel agencies/websites. </li></ul>
    38. 38. Shopping in the United States <ul><li>Shopping Malls (many stores under one roof) </li></ul><ul><li>Strip malls (stores side-by-side, outdoors) </li></ul><ul><li>Chain stores (discounts, variety, lower cost) </li></ul><ul><li>Department stores (reliable, higher cost) </li></ul><ul><li>Boutiques (personal attention, higher cost) </li></ul><ul><li>Local stores </li></ul><ul><li>Thrift shops (used/second-hand goods) </li></ul>
    39. 39. Buying clothes in the U.S. <ul><li>Sizing (may vary from back home) </li></ul><ul><li>Type of store (depends on cost/quality) </li></ul><ul><li>New vs. Used (depends on store/price) </li></ul><ul><li>Garage/moving sale (inexpensive, used goods) </li></ul><ul><li>Sales (all year-round)/Promotions (discounted goods) </li></ul>
    40. 40. Eating in the United States <ul><li>You will save money and stay healthier by </li></ul><ul><li>cooking/eating at home and buying seasonal </li></ul><ul><li>goods. </li></ul><ul><li>Supermarkets (huge store, wide variety) </li></ul><ul><li>Open-air/green markets (including some organic produce & farm goods) </li></ul><ul><li>Food Co-ops (popular in university towns) </li></ul><ul><li>Food courts (dining area within shopping or student centers) </li></ul><ul><li>Health food/Whole food stores </li></ul><ul><li>Fast food restaurants (inexpensive, reliable) </li></ul><ul><li>Restaurants (chain vs. independent) </li></ul>
    41. 41. The Media in the U.S. <ul><li>The United States has a prolific media industry. </li></ul><ul><li>There is a large number of sources available for </li></ul><ul><li>you to receive international/local news. </li></ul><ul><li>National TV (basic service or unlimited channels) </li></ul><ul><li>Cable TV (paid TV service, at various costs) </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers (International, national and local newsprints) </li></ul><ul><li>Radio </li></ul><ul><li>Internet (easy access to international news medias) </li></ul><ul><li>Public TV and Radio (accessible nation-wide) </li></ul>
    42. 42. Communicating in the U.S. <ul><li>Cell/Mobile phones (cost varies by plan) </li></ul><ul><li>Pay phones (public outdoor phones) </li></ul><ul><li>Landline/home phones (for internet access) </li></ul><ul><li>Phone cards (sold in a variety of stores) </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin boards (in local shops, university) </li></ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul><ul><li>Letters </li></ul>
    43. 43. Socializing in the U.S. <ul><li>Making friends/Fulbright connections </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory sports (surfing, skiing, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering/School presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Dating </li></ul><ul><li>Explore a wealth of religions, cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a hobby </li></ul><ul><li>Take a class in the arts, fitness, cooking </li></ul><ul><li>Take the initiative and start your own club! </li></ul>
    44. 44. Do’s and Don’ts in the U.S. <ul><li>Don’t assume Americans know something about your home country. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t smoke in public places unless otherwise stated. </li></ul><ul><li>Always place your trash in a garbage basket or dumpster. Don’t litter. </li></ul><ul><li>When in Rome, do as the Romans do! </li></ul>
    45. 45. Adjusting to a New Environment <ul><li>Symptoms of culture shock </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges of adjusting to a new environment </li></ul><ul><li>Stages of culture shock </li></ul><ul><li>Adjusting to culture shock </li></ul>
    46. 46. Symptoms of Culture Shock <ul><li>Homesickness – you miss your family and friends; maybe even cry a lot </li></ul><ul><li>Dependence – you become dependent on fellow nationals and your International Student Adviser </li></ul><ul><li>Loss of Self Confidence – you feel nobody understands you </li></ul><ul><li>Hostilit y – minor irritations make you feel angry </li></ul>
    47. 47. Challenges of adjusting to a new environment <ul><li>Speaking English on a daily basis can be challenging </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. regional accents vary, give yourself time to adjust to the local accent </li></ul><ul><li>Speak slowly at first for others to understand your accent – do not be shy; ask others to speak slowly </li></ul><ul><li>Take American humor, wit and sarcasm as a mark of friendliness rather than disrespect </li></ul><ul><li>Simply ask the meaning of a word or abbreviation that you do not understand, like “Poli Sci” for political science or “TA” for teaching assistant </li></ul>
    48. 48. Challenges of adjusting to a new environment and how to cope: <ul><ul><li>Jet lag is the body’s physical shock of adjusting to a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>new time zone. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow normal eating and sleeping patterns of the new time zone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Resist taking naps in mid-day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Take a walk and exercise, or plan activities during the day </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan to travel to the U.S. at least a few days before classes start </li></ul></ul>
    49. 49. Culture Shock is the anxiety produced when a person moves to a completely new environment <ul><li>The Four Stages of Culture Shock: </li></ul><ul><li>Honeymoon stage - everything is new and exciting; you are likely to be busy during this time </li></ul><ul><li>Irritability and hostility – you will start to realize you are not on vacation; you might feel hostile towards Americans </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding, accepting and adjusting – you will begin to understand your new environment; you might experience less hostility </li></ul><ul><li>Integration and acceptance – you will start to consider the university your new town, your home . </li></ul>
    50. 50. Challenges of adjusting to a new environment <ul><li>Cultural Values Shock - you may face situations </li></ul><ul><li>that are not acceptable in your culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Look for things that surprise you </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to remain flexible, respectful and open-minded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to enjoy the new cultural diversity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk to someone from your cultural background or religion who has been living in the U.S. to discuss how to deal with values shock </li></ul></ul>
    51. 51. Coping with the Stress of Culture Shock <ul><li>Make sure you know what to expect before you arrive. Read books and magazines about the U.S. </li></ul><ul><li>Eat well, sleep well, and take good care of yourself. </li></ul><ul><li>Exercise to relieve stress and tension. Do outdoor activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep in touch with family and friends and share your new experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Take some time to relax; listen to music, read a book </li></ul><ul><li>Do not lose your sense of humor; laugh at your mistakes </li></ul>
    52. 52. Entertainment in the U.S. <ul><li>Check local newspapers/websites for weekly events: </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre/Movies </li></ul><ul><li>Live music/concerts </li></ul><ul><li>Bars and night clubs </li></ul><ul><li>Museums (certain days/hours are free) </li></ul><ul><li>Spectator sports (buy your tickets in advance) </li></ul><ul><li>When attending a party, always bring the host/hostess a </li></ul><ul><li>small gift, as a token of your appreciation. </li></ul>
    53. 53. Gender Issues, Sexual Harassment <ul><li>Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unacceptable sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, that is not welcomed by the recipient </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual harassment violates acceptable standards and can occur anywhere </li></ul>
    54. 54. Forms of Sexual Harassment <ul><li>Verbal: </li></ul><ul><li>Profanity- obscene or degrading terms for men or woman and inappropriate use of terms of endearment </li></ul><ul><li>Obscene jokes, cat calls, or sexual overtones </li></ul><ul><li>Spreading rumors about a person’s sex life </li></ul><ul><li>Sexually oriented remarks about a person’s clothing or body </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent requests for dates </li></ul>
    55. 55. Forms of Sexual Harassment <ul><li>Non-Verbal: </li></ul><ul><li>Gestures made with intentional sexual overtones </li></ul><ul><li>Staring, leering, blowing kisses </li></ul><ul><li>Leaving sexually suggestive notes, magazines, or pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Physical: </li></ul><ul><li>Unsolicited or unwanted touching of any part of clothing or body </li></ul><ul><li>Cornering or blocking </li></ul><ul><li>Stalking or following </li></ul><ul><li>Attacking </li></ul>
    56. 56. Safety Precautions in America <ul><li>Carry only minimal cash with you. </li></ul><ul><li>Take measures to secure your home. </li></ul><ul><li>Keep passport and valuables hidden. </li></ul><ul><li>Always lock your doors and windows! </li></ul><ul><li>Whenever possible, travel in groups. </li></ul><ul><li>Stay in well-lit, populated areas. </li></ul><ul><li>If lost or confused, remain confident, calm and seek help immediately. </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency telephone number: 911 </li></ul>
    57. 57. For further information, refer to the following websites and/or publications: <ul><li>Living and Working in America written by </li></ul><ul><li>David Hampshire </li></ul><ul><li>www.uscitylink.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.nps.gov </li></ul><ul><li>http://educationusa.state.gov/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://usinfo.state.gov/usa/infousa/educ/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.istudentcity.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.nafsa.org </li></ul>
    58. 58. <ul><li>Commission for Educational Exchange </li></ul><ul><li>Between the United States of America, </li></ul><ul><li>Belgium and Luxembourg </li></ul><ul><li>Royal Library Albert I </li></ul><ul><li>Boulevard de L’Empereur, 4, Keizerslaan </li></ul><ul><li>B-1000 Brussels, Belgium </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: +32 02.519.57.72 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: +32 02.519.57.73 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.fulbright.be </li></ul>

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