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  • By interning you get to know other people. People often get job offers from the American
  • You can learn about the American work environment by doing an internship.
  • People in the US tend to be more religiousthanthey do here. It’squite normal to beinvited to come to churchevents… itsanotherway people come together as a community.
  • Pre-Departure Information

    1. 1. The US Study ExperiencePre-Departure Orientation for Students Going to the US Friday, June 22, 2012
    2. 2. Session Overview:1. Immigration Procedures2. Health + Money3. American Classroom4. Culture and Culture Shock
    3. 3. Pre departure checklist: Immigration: Visa/ Passport/I-20/DS2019 Health: Immunizations /Medications/Health Care & Insurance Coverage Finances: Tuition /Banking & Wire Transfers Housing: Housing /Cost of Living Emergency Contacts: Home & US
    4. 4. Port of Entry Procedures: Before landing you need to accurately fill out a customs form. A US Customs and Border Protection Officer will review your documents. You will be asked to provide digital finger scans and be photographed. You will be required to show a filled in customs declaration form when exiting with your luggage.
    5. 5. Port of Entry Procedures: Baggage Carry US $5 for baggage trolley After Immigration, go through customs. Dogs may check baggage for fruit, food, or drugs. Customs will probably search your bags thoroughly, in case of resulting damage, ask for a receipt. If your bags are not there, file a baggage claim with the airline immediately. If flying onward, be sure to recheck your bags after immigration
    6. 6. Health andMoney Management
    7. 7. Health and Money ManagementPre-Departure Health Checks: Immunizations Records/Prescriptions  English translations  Supply of medications Eye and dental care Other special needs
    8. 8. US Health Insurance: You get what you pay for! Be aware of low cost plans that provide limited benefits. Insurance usually does not cover all costs; there are often deductibles & co-pays that need to be paid by the student. When looking for a specific doctor, check to make sure the service there is covered by your insurance. If it is, you will only have to pay a relatively small co-pay. Otherwise, you risk paying a lot! Paperwork is involved! Making an insurance plan will require claim submission and interaction with the insurance company.
    9. 9. US Health Care System & InsuranceThe institutional health service is usually your bestsource of health care. It is: Less costly More accustomed to working with internationals More aware of cultural considerations Offers a referral system for more serious care Includes a cooperative effort with the counseling servicesBottom line: Do not be afraid to use the health center on your university’s campus!
    10. 10. Health and Wellness: 3 Most Successful Methods! Careful dietary practices (+ physical activity…you will find plenty of opportunities for this on any campus) Dealing with stress Ensuring safety/protection against substance abuse
    11. 11. Money Management Plan budget Arrange to transfer funds to U.S. bank Bring traveler’s checks; bring cash for initial small expenses Open a bank account. This is generally simple, but you may need a Social Security # for this. Consult your advisor or refer to: www.socialsecurity.gov Be careful about credit cards! DO NOT OVERDRAFT (take $ out of account with inadequate funds)! Bank fees are huge. If you accidentally do this, however, remember that in the US, the general attitude is “the customer is always right,” so you might try to argue that you didn’t understand, you’re not used to this system, etc, and there is a chance the bank will not make you pay.
    12. 12. The American Classroom
    13. 13. The American ClassroomLikely classroom differences: Add/ Drop Period Websites, Syllabus, Books Participate in Importance of Class Participation discussions May be Competition counted Voice towards opinions Emphasis on original thought grade  Plagiarism Ask questions
    14. 14. Working/Interning in the US
    15. 15. Why Intern? Employment  According to “US Multinationals and the Foreign MBA”, 53% of foreign survey respondents received a job offer from an American company where they completed an internship. Networking  20% of jobs in US are advertised through traditional means;  80% are in the “hidden” job market and never advertised
    16. 16. Internships: Utilize Campus Resources Career Services & Placement Career Counseling Office  Assessment  Applicability of skills/interests Academic Adviser International Student Services
    17. 17. Work OpportunitiesTop 10 Skills Sought by Employers: Oral Communication Skills Interpersonal Skills Analytical Skills Teamwork Flexibility
    18. 18. Work OpportunitiesTop 10 Skills sought by Employers (contd..) Computer Skills Proficiency in Field of Study Written Communication Skills Leadership Work Experience
    19. 19. Culture and“Culture Shock”
    20. 20. Americans are:Individualistic IndependentSelf-reliant FrankInformal CompetitiveAchievers FriendlyPunctual Active
    21. 21. Americans: Appreciate what they have Are not necessarily informed about other cultures Consider time to be very important Identify themselves in terms of what they do!
    22. 22. Culture Shock: The Phases Honeymoon Culture fatigue Learning/Adjustment Integration “Reentry Shock”(Not everyone experiences all phases!)
    23. 23. Adjusting to a New Environment Join student groups, clubs, organizations, etc. Anticipate (and practice) religious tolerance Be sensitive to gender equality: men & women can be friends Respect others and don’t tolerate harassment
    24. 24. Skills for Adjustment: Awareness of what’s happening Pacing yourself Taking care of yourself Open mind Patience, sense of humor Observation, involvement Ask questions
    25. 25. Acknowledgements: Lubna S. Anwar, US Consulate, Lahore, Pakistan Dr. Gray R. Weaver (Ph.D.)American University, Wash D.C. Ms. Fanta Aw: Student Advisor, American University Heidi Gregori Gahan, University of Southern Indiana Dr. Abbass Raza, US Consulate Lahore. United States Educational Foundation in Pakistan “Getting What You Came For,” Dr. Robert L. Peters
    26. 26. Thank Youadviser@fulbright.be

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