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Pre departure orientation

  1. 1. BSU Office of Study Abroad WINTERPre-Departure TemplateOrientation APRIL 2013
  2. 2. Turn in Documents in Office 01• Passport copy• Participation agreement• Health Form• Acceptance letter from affiliate provider• Transfer of credit form (semester study abroad students) PowerPoint chart object
  3. 3. Passports and Visas 02• Check passport expiration date!• 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 –keep up to date with country-specific travel info and travel warnings PowerPoint chart object
  4. 4. Meetings 03• Each Study Abroad program will have program specific meetings that are mandatory!• You will receive email with information about the date and time of the meetings PowerPoint chart object
  5. 5. Packing 04• Carry on luggage – Laptops, cameras, etc – No liquids over 3 oz. in carry on luggage– in a clear plastic bag• What to pack – Multi purpose clothing – Comfortable shoes – Electrical adaptors• What NOT to bring – Expensive jewelry – Unnecessary credit cards, social security card, etc – Excess cash • Luggage weight – check for additional baggage fees with the airline PowerPoint chart object • Check with airline for any updated information
  6. 6. Contact and Travel Info 05• Leave with your family: – Copy of your passport – Flight information & Itinerary – Your in country contact info – OSA contact information• Register your trip with Smart Travel Enrollment Program at• Register with local in-country embassy• Identify In-country resources: – faculty leader – program director – international programs office – resident director PowerPoint chart object
  7. 7. Academic Credits 06• Study Tours – 3 BSU undergraduate or graduate credits – Grades are factored in to your GPA – Register for the study tour online through Infobear ** Enrollment open now **
  8. 8. Study Tours 07• Faculty Leader distributes the syllabus• 3 credits include coursework before and after dates of travel• All activities and meetings in country are mandatory
  9. 9. Semester/Year Abroad 08• 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.
  10. 10. Style of Instruction 09• Lecture• Courses may meet once a week• Accessibility of faculty/professors• Teachers’ titles are important when you address them (Dr. Smith, Professor Smith)• Observe other students’ style of study
  11. 11. Academic Credits 10Academic Year/Semester Programs – Students have to maintain a full time status. • Undergraduates: 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 factor in to GPA; will come in as transfer credits when: • transfer credit forms received • transcript received
  12. 12. Transfer of Credit Process 11Visit for all details on getting academic credit
  13. 13. While Abroad 12• Experiencing Culture Shock – Happens to everyone – Everybody may experience different degrees of culture shock at different times – Take care of your mental health: stress, anxiety, sleeplessness, depression – Use BSU and in-country support services when needed• Represent us well – BSU Conduct Code – Host university Code – Host country laws• Appropriate dress• Intercultural Communication
  14. 14. Communication While Abroad 13 •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
  15. 15. Money Matters 14• Credit/Debit cards• Cash• Diversify your sources of currency• Be aware of ATM fees and exchange rates• Plan ahead• Ask for exchange rates in your US bank• Let your bank/credit card company know travel dates and locations
  16. 16. Safety 15• Use COMMON SENSE• Do not be overly trusting• Be mindful of overly advertisingyourself as American• Let someone know where you are going• Follow directions and safety warnings with Rx medication• Use alcohol responsibly• Engage in safe behavior• Be aware of your surroundings• Use the buddy system• Know in-country emergency information• Do not use any illegal drugs orsubstances: BSU’s zero tolerance policyapplies abroad
  17. 17. Health Information 16• Center for Disease Control (• Students should meet with health care provider prior to departure• Staying healthy abroad means being healthy physically and mentally• Travel clinics for recommended immunizations• Prescription medications – bring extras – bottles must match contents
  18. 18. Insurance Information 17• CMI/Medix (• Personal, health, and travel insurance – Study Tours – Exchanges – Summer programs – Undergraduate Research – International Service Learning• All students should maintain personal health insurance- check with them directly for coverage Affiliate providers offer• Carry insurance cards their own insurance• Any in-country treatments—save coverage receipts and you can be reimbursed
  19. 19. 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 – State Department website, Guide books like Rick Steve’s and Frommer’s• Language – basics are helpful – Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thank you, etc – Numbers
  20. 20. Communication 19• International phone card and cell phones – Usually is better to purchase in country when you arrive• Social Networks• Email• SKYPE, ooVoo, and other IMs• Set realistic expectations – Of service – How often you will check in with people back home
  21. 21. Planning Your Return 20• Course registration while abroad—review course selections with advisor via email –• On-campus housing – – Global Village: International Residential Learning Community, opening fall 2013• 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
  22. 22. Additional Information 21 • Dr. Mary Lou Frias BSU Health Services • Rita Camara Residential Life and Housing • Lt. Ryan Tepper Campus Police • Study Abroad Ambassadors
  23. 23. 22Questions?
  24. 24. Additional Information 23 Happy Travels!