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BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation
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BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation

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Before embarking on a study abroad, see the presentation about necessary pre-departure steps for BSU students and also the Office of Study Abroad recemmendations when abroad.

Before embarking on a study abroad, see the presentation about necessary pre-departure steps for BSU students and also the Office of Study Abroad recemmendations when abroad.

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  • 1. BSU Office of Study Abroad WINTERPre-Departure TemplateOrientation 2012-2013
  • 2. Turn in Documents in Office 01• Passport copy• Participation agreement• Health Form• Acceptance letter• Transfer of credit form (semester study abroad students)http://www.bridgew.edu/studyabroad/forms PowerPoint chart object
  • 3. Passports and visas 03• Photocopy your passport before you go, and bring it with you – Don’t keep it in the same place as your passport!• Visa requirements vary depending on country, length of stay, purpose of visitwww.state.gov PowerPoint chart object
  • 4. Meetings 04• Each Study Abroad program will have program specific orientation meetings that are mandatory!• You will receive email with information about the meetings PowerPoint chart object
  • 5. Packing 05• Carry on luggage – Laptops, cameras, etc – No liquids over 3 oz. in carry on luggage• What to pack – Multi purpose clothing – Comfortable shoes – Different outlets? – Hand sanitizer• What NOT to bring – Expensive jewelry – Unnecessary credit cards, social security card, etc – Excess cash • Luggage weight – check for PowerPoint chart object additional baggage fees with the airline
  • 6. Contact and Travel Info 06• Leave a copy of your passport, flight information and itinerary with your family• Leave copy of the Student handbook and the BSU Study Abroad website• Make sure friends and family know how to contact you• Let your bank & credit card company know you’ll be in another country• Register your trip with Smart Travel Enrollment Program at https://step.state.gov/step/• Identify In-country contact : – faculty leader – program director – international programs office PowerPoint chart – resident director object
  • 7. Academic Credits 07• Study Tours – 3 BSU undergraduate or graduate credits – Grades are calculated towards your GPA – Register for the study tour online through Infobear.
  • 8. Academic Credits 08Academic Year/Semester Programs – Students have to maintain a full time status that equals 12 BSU Credits – At BSU your record shows that you have a placeholder of 12 credits – Register for the actual courses at the host university – Grades do not calculate in GPA
  • 9. While Abroad 09• Experiencing Culture Shock – Happens to everyone – Everybody may experience different degrees of culture shock• Intercultural Communication• Represent us well – BSU Conduct Code – Host university Code – Host country laws• Appropriate dress – Flip flops = shower shoes, not appropriate for going out
  • 10. Study Tours 10• Faculty Leader distributes the syllabus• 3 credits include coursework before and after dates of travel• All activities and meetings in country are mandatory
  • 11. Semester/AY In University 11• STUDY Abroad = Academic focus, not just travel• Class attendance is important, but may not be factored into the grade.• Follow the advice and direction of your in- country peers, contacts and directors.
  • 12. Style of Instruction 12• Lecture• Courses may meet once a week• Accessibility of faculty/professors• Participation may not be part of your grade• Teachers’ titles are important part when you address them• See what other students are doing
  • 13. While Abroad 14 •Send back to BSU StudyAbroad any course changesyou make •Complete new transfercredit form via email •Before you leave your hostuniversity – make sure yourequest to have your transcriptsent to BSU Study AbroadOffice •Keep in touch: OSA socialnetworks, newsletter, BSUemail
  • 14. Safety 15• Use COMMON SENSE• Do not be overly trusting• Do not advertise yourself as American• Let someone know where you are going• Use alcohol responsibly• Do not use any illegal drugs or substances.• Do not engage in un-safe behavior• Be aware of your surroundings• Do not go out alone at night• Know emergency information in- country
  • 15. Health Insurance Information 17• CMI/Medix (www.cmi- insurance.com) – Study Tours – Exchanges – Summer programs – Undergraduate Research – International Service Learning• All students should maintain personal health coverage Affiliate participants provide their own• Carry insurance cards insurance• If in hospital-save receipts and you can be reimbursed
  • 16. Get the most out of being abroad 18• Unplug—being online all the time hinders culture assimilation• Get involved and take advantage of opportunities – Clubs, sports, music, academic groups• Global citizenship• Prepare in advance – Politics, history, religion, geography• Language – basics are helpful – Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thank you, etc – Numbers
  • 17. Money 19• Credit/Debit cards• Cash• Traveler’s Checks• Diversify your sources of currency• Be aware of ATM fees and exchange rates• Plan ahead• Ask for exchange rates in your US bank
  • 18. Communication 20• International phone card and Cell phones – Usually is better to purchase in country when you arrive• Social Networks• Email• SKYPE and other IMs
  • 19. Planning Your Return 21• Course registration – http://www.bridgew.edu/Registrar/• On-campus housing – http://www.bridgew.edu/RLH/ – Global Village: International Residential Learning Community, coming fall 2013• Study tours—any final projects• Semeseter/AY Programs – if you haven’t completed your Transfer of Credits – do it once you return from your Study Abroad program• Study Abroad Ambassadors – Mentor incoming international exchange students – Point of contact for other students interested in Study Abroad
  • 20. 22Questions?
  • 21. Additional Information 23 • Dr. Mary Lou Frias BSU Health Services • Captain Michael Froio Campus Police • Rita Camara Residential Life and Housing
  • 22. Additional Information 24 Happy Travels!

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