Pre-Flat Classroom Conference Meeting


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  • Pre-Flat Classroom Conference Meeting

    1. 1. Flat Classroom Conference Study Abroad Orientation <ul><li>Feb 19 – 28, 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>UNI Study Abroad Center </li></ul>
    2. 2. Program Staff <ul><li>Dr. Leigh Zeitz (319-273 3249) </li></ul><ul><li>Kathy Klink-Zeitz (319-404 2589) </li></ul><ul><li>Julia Aguilar Reyes, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study Abroad Advisor for short-term programs (319-273 7078) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Julie Thoreen, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study Abroad Student Support Specialist (319-273 7078) </li></ul></ul>
    3. 3. Academics <ul><li>STUDY Abroad: first and foremost an academic experience </li></ul><ul><li>Must be enrolled in classes to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Courses taught: 240:245 Applied Instructional Design </li></ul><ul><li>Students must have successfully completed courses involving instructional design & development </li></ul><ul><li>Course load: 3 credits </li></ul><ul><li>Registration through SAC (enrollment forms) </li></ul>
    4. 4. Academic Expectations <ul><li>Course syllabus </li></ul><ul><li>4-5 meetings online before departure and on-site involvement </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments: Students will be required to actively participate in creating training materials for the conference </li></ul><ul><li>Complete pre/post conference assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Actively participate in Conference </li></ul>
    5. 5. Itinerary <ul><li>Saturday, Feb 19 th : Departure from Iowa. All participants will be departing from SAME airport </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday, Feb 20 th : Arrive in Beijing </li></ul><ul><li>Monday-Wednesday Feb 21 st – 23 rd : Tour schools and universities </li></ul><ul><li>Thursday Feb 24 th : Beijing tour (through Conference) </li></ul><ul><li>Friday, Feb 25 th – Sunday, Feb. 27 th: Flat Classroom Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Monday, Feb 28 th : Leave Beijing. Arrival in Iowa. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Important Dates/Deadlines <ul><li>Payments due: Friday December 17 th at 5 pm for SAC paperwork (visa application, SA application fee, and ISIC card) </li></ul><ul><li>Return paperwork by: Friday, December 17 th at 5 pm (visa application, ISIC, scholarship, and registration form) </li></ul><ul><li>SAC will take care of registration </li></ul><ul><li>Departure date or Program begins: February 19 th </li></ul>
    7. 7. Flights <ul><li>Group flight arrangements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SAC currently requesting quotes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fly as a group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deviating students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students will be contacted via email regarding airfare arrangements. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Emergency loans: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Contact Elizabeth Minard at Financial Aid (319-273-2364) </li></ul></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Travel Tips <ul><li>In order to avoid jet lag… During the flight: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Try to sleep </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drink plenty of water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid caffeine and alcohol </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wear comfortable clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Change watch to local time at destination </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Upon arrival: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow local time schedule for meals and sleep </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moderate exercise </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Eat healthy, drink lots of fluids (water and juices) </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. Travel Tips <ul><li>Local culture: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BE SPECIFIC about clothing that is/is not appropriate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No Spaghetti straps </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No Shorts </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Skirts must be below the knee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Wear sport coat for visits to businesses </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dress code: More traditional </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Program activities: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring comfortable shoes (much walking), plenty of socks. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bring comfortable clothing (excursions) and business clothing </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    10. 10. Travel Tips <ul><li>Electricity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different voltage (220 volts) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Leave appliances at home or get good adapter/converter (Apple Store, Target) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The climate in Beijing is always chilly during the winter, with January and February being the coldest and driest months, when sharp night-time frosts are predictable. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Average February temperature: 43 °F - 21 °F </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check out this website for helpful tips: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    11. 11. Packing Tips <ul><li>You should be able to carry your luggage BY YOURSELF! </li></ul><ul><li>Start packing several days before departure </li></ul><ul><li>Avoid overpacking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need less than you would at home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>It’s okay to wear the same thing often </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Put your name/contact info on luggage tag/inside bag </li></ul><ul><li>Leave some room for things you will acquire </li></ul><ul><li>Travel backpacks, suitcases w/wheels recommended </li></ul>
    12. 12. Expected Program Cost <ul><li>Tuition and fees: Around $1300 </li></ul><ul><li>Room and board: Around $600 </li></ul><ul><li>Airfare: Around $1200 </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Expenses: Around $ 870 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Study abroad application fee: $65 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passport: $135 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ISIC Card: $30 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Expenses: $250 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Entrance fees: $100 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health Insurance: $112 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visa: $175 </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Money <ul><li>Local currency: Yuan (unit) or RMB (Renminbi) </li></ul><ul><li>Current exchange rate =1 USD = 6.6602 CNY (RMB) </li></ul><ul><li>Best exchange rates: ATM, credit cards </li></ul><ul><li>Cost of living (meals from $5 to $50. Cheap options available) </li></ul>
    14. 14. Greatest Dangers <ul><ul><li>Traffic accidents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Petty crime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Imprudent behavior </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Pre-departure Health <ul><li>Visit UNI Student Health Center </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make appointment six weeks before departure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Vaccinations & Malaria prophylaxis (if needed) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check and for traveler’s health info: Both provide detailed information and are free; </li></ul><ul><li> is a commercial site; UNI does not endorse products or services advertised there. </li></ul>
    16. 16. Alcohol and Drugs <ul><li>Abide by legal drinking age in host country </li></ul><ul><li>Abuse of alcohol impairs judgment, increases risk of accident/injury </li></ul><ul><li>Respect host country norms re: alcohol consumption and behavior </li></ul><ul><li>Program rules/limits </li></ul><ul><li>Subject to UGA Student Conduct Code </li></ul><ul><li>Remember that violating drug laws can have serious consequences </li></ul>
    17. 17. Health Safety Tips <ul><li>Wash hands often with soap and water </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent water borne illnesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rely on bottled or boiled water, carbonated beverages in cans/bottles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid tap water, water fountains, fountain drinks, ice cubes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid swimming in fresh water </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Health Safety Tips <ul><li>Prevent food borne illnesses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid food from street vendors, un-pasteurized dairy products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peel it, boil it, cook it or forget it! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Protection from sun </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Protection from insects </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Repellent w/ DEET, long sleeves/pants, nets </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. Culture Shock <ul><li>NORMAL reaction to new environment </li></ul><ul><li>May feel overwhelmed, lonely, homesick, dislike things about host culture </li></ul><ul><li>Cope by: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognizing it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Talking with others in program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keeping a journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Concentrating on positive aspects of host culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Establishing new routines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not calling/e-mailing home too much </li></ul></ul>