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

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BSU Study Abroad Predeparture orientation

  1. 1. BSU Office of Study Abroad WINTERPre-Departure TemplateOrientation 2011-2012
  2. 2. Turn in Documents in Office 01• Passport copy• Participation agreement• Health Form• Transfer of credit form (semester study abroad students)• http://www.bridgew.edu/studyabroad/forms• Address: Maxwell Library RM 330• http://www.bridgew.edu/stud yabroad PowerPoint chart object
  3. 3. Exchanges/Affiliates 02• Send us a copy of your acceptance letter• Fill out Your Transfer of Credit Form PowerPoint chart object
  4. 4. 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 country to country• Study tours—if traveling with passport NOT from the United States, let BSU Office of Study Abroad know ASAP• www.state.gov PowerPoint chart object
  5. 5. Fee Payment 04• Study Tours – Fee bills from Student Accounts come out in May – Payable before you leave• Exchanges – Tuition and fees payable to BSU Student Accounts before semester starts – Housing fees payable to host university• Affiliates – Program fees, tuition, housing all payable to Affiliate or 3rd party provider PowerPoint chart object – BSU does not pay affiliate
  6. 6. Meetings 05• 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
  7. 7. Packing 06• 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
  8. 8. Contact and Travel Info 07• Leave a copy of your travel dates, flight information and itinerary with your family• Leave copy of the Student handbook and the BSU Study Abroad website• Leave a copy of your passport and travel itinerary with family• Make sure friends and family know how to contact you• Let your bank & credit card company know you’ll be in another country• Identify In-country contact : – faculty leader – program director – international programs office PowerPoint chart – resident director object
  9. 9. Academic Credits 08• Study Tours – 3 BSU undergraduate or graduate credits – Grades are calculated towards your GPA – Register for the study tour online through Infobear.
  10. 10. Academic Credits 09Fall/AY/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 – OSA registers students for Fall/AY/summer affiliate
  11. 11. While Abroad 10• 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
  12. 12. Study Tours 11• Faculty Leader distributes the syllabus• 3 credits include coursework before and after dates of travel• All activities and meetings in country are mandatory
  13. 13. Semester/AY In University 12• 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.
  14. 14. Style of Instruction 13• 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
  15. 15. Style of Instruction 14 •Style of instruction maybe very different from BSU •Professors andinstructors interaction withstudents may vary byuniversity and country •Assessment varies byuniversity and country –reading lists, quizzes, tests,research project. •Grading scale varies
  16. 16. While Abroad 15 •Check BSU emailregularly •Send back to BSU StudyAbroad any course changesyou make •Complete new transfercredit form via email •Before you leave yourhost university – make sureyou request to have yourtranscript sent to BSU StudyAbroad Office
  17. 17. Safety 16• 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
  18. 18. Health 17• Recommended immunizations• Talk to your health care provider• Learn more from CDC (www.cdc.gov)• Take Rx with you – Extra contacts, glasses
  19. 19. Health Insurance Information 19• CMI/Medix (www.cmi- insurance.com) – Study Tours – Exchanges – Summer programs – Undergraduate Research – International Service Learning• All students should maintain personal health Affiliate participants coverage provide their own• Carry insurance cards insurance• If in hospital-save receipts and you will be reimbursed
  20. 20. Get the most out of being abroad 20• 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
  21. 21. Money 21• 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
  22. 22. Communication 22• International phone card and Cell phones – Usually is better to purchase in country when you arrive• Social Networks• Email• SKYPE and other IMs
  23. 23. Planning Your Return 23• Course registration – http://www.bridgew.edu/Registrar/• On-campus housing – http://www.bridgew.edu/RLH/• Check BSU email for updates• Study tours—any final projects• Semester/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
  24. 24. 24Questions?
  25. 25. Additional Information 25 • Dr. Mary Lou Frias BSU Health Services • Cynthia Sweeney BSU Financial Aid • Rita Camara Res Life and Housing • Kim Griffin Student Accounts
  26. 26. Additional Information 26 Happy Travels!

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