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  1. 1. Southern Polytechnic State University’s Study Abroad Handbook Career and Counseling Ctr. Student Center Suite #A-170 678-915-7391 www.spsu.edu/careerservices Office of Int’l Programs Student Center Suite #A-160 678-915-3962 www.spsu.edu/officeintlprograms
  2. 2. A great way to enrich your college experience is to have an international experience by studying abroad in a foreign country. Our main words of advice are to be FLEXIBLE and OPEN-MINDED. Remember that the host country is not the U.S. You will be seen as ambassadors for the U.S. and SPSU, so this is your opportunity to be goodwill ambassadors. A successful international experience requires much planning and preparation. The Career & Counseling Center and the Office of International Programs staff are available to assist you with making the most of your work abroad experience. PASSPORT You must have a valid passport to enter any foreign county. Allow a minimum of 6 weeks for processing – up to 10 weeks during the peak summer travel season. Expedited processing is available at extra cost. If the country where you will be studying requires you to have a visa, you must have your passport prior to the visa application deadline. If you already have a passport, be certain it is valid for the duration of your visit and any additional traveling you may plan to do. For complete information about obtaining a U.S. passport, please contact your local U.S. Post Office or go to: U.S. PASSPORT Parent Passports We encourage you to discuss with your parents or family members how they would be able to assist you in the event of an emergency while you are abroad. One or both of your parents or guardians may wish to have a valid passport for the period you are abroad, in the event of an emergency that would require them to travel to the country in which you are staying. VISAS Permissions from foreign governments may be required for you to enter their countries. You must already have your passport to apply. Processing time varies from days to two months depending on your purpose for travel, your citizenship and your destination. Every country has different requirements that are always subject to change. If you will be traveling to countries outside of your country of work, you should check on visa requirements for these countries as well. We recommend that you get a multiple-entry visa for your country of training. FERPA AND YOU The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. To waive FERPA so that an SPSU Official can speak to your parents in the event of an emergency, you need to sign a FERPA Waiver. MEDICAL CARE BEFORE YOU LEAVE
  3. 3. You will be required to have a medical checkup before departure. Your doctor or nurse can advise you on what special precautions you may need to take to take based on your medical history and where you are studying abroad in the country of your choice. You may need to go to a special travel health clinic to get clear advice on medical care abroad and what challenges you may face. The type of medical care available will vary from country to country. In some areas of the country of your choice, medical care will seem similar to the type of care you find in the United States. In others, finding an English– speaking doctor or appropriate medical facility might be difficult. You should ask your program sponsor whether he or she can provide advice on available medical care and support in the country of your choice. It is also important to find out about medical care during group or independent travel. MEDICAL INSURANCE Medical insurance is extremely important and SPSU requires that all students have adequate insurance while studying abroad. Please call your medical coverage plan customer service number to fully understand your benefits and services while abroad. If you suffer from a chronic or serious physical condition, you should consult with your physician before you make the decision to study abroad. We cannot guarantee the same level of care that you receive here in the U.S. while you are abroad. Be certain to talk to the Study Abroad Coordinator for more details. OTHER INSURANCES Other insurances to consider purchasing in addition to Major Medical are: Emergency Evacuation, Legal Assistance/Liability Insurance, Lost Baggage/Property Insurance, Motor Vehicle Coverage, Kidnapping and Terrorism Insurance, Repatriation of Remains and Accidental Death and Dismemberment/Life Insurance. EURAIL PASS A Eurail pass is available from most travel agencies and CANNOT be purchased abroad. A Eurail pass allows you to experience the best of Europe if that is where you will be staying. Comfortable trains take you to the city center. For more information, visit http://www.eurail.com/eurail- passes VACCINATIONS You may not be allowed to enter a country if you don’t have the correct immunizations. You are advised to check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They provide information for travelers, including health information for specific destinations and information on outbreaks, vaccinations and safe food and water. AIRLINE TICKETS You usually must have a round trip ticket between the U.S. and foreign destination. Make a photocopy of your ticket (or e-
  4. 4. ticket). Keep backup copies separate from the originals. MEDICATIONS To avoid problems when passing through customs, keep medicines in their original, labeled containers. Bring copies of your prescriptions and the generic names for the drugs. If a medication is unusual or contains narcotics, carry a letter from your doctor attesting to your need to take the drug. If you have any doubt about the legality of carrying a certain drug into a country, consult the embassy or consulate of that country before you travel. MONEY Bring one major credit card, an ATM card and about $ 300 in cash to be exchanged into the local currency when you arrive. Do not flash large amounts of money when paying a bill. Make sure your credit card is returned to you after each transaction. Deal only with authorized agents when you exchange money, buy airline tickets or purchase souvenirs. Do not change money on the black market. CREDIT AND ATM CARDS Call your bank and credit card company (s) before you depart and notify them of the dates you will be out of the country and using your cards. Keep a list or a copy of cards, account numbers, PIN numbers, and emergency replacement procedures. EMBASSY REGISTRATION All students working abroad must register online with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or their home country embassy before departure or in person upon arrival. This allows the embassy to contact you in case of an emergency. If you are a U.S. Citizen, please go to TRAVEL ABROAD REGISTRATION. INTERNATIONAL ID CARD The ISIC Association's main product is the ISIC card, the only internationally accepted proof of full-time student status. It is endorsed by organizations such as UNESCO, the European Council on Culture and the Andean Community of Nations. The card is recognized by universities, academic institutions, student organizations, national governments and ministries of education around the world. The ISIC card is used by over 4.5 million full-time students in 120 countries every year. It gives students access to tens of thousands of student services and benefits worldwide. To apply for an ISIC card, go to isic.org and FAQ’s FOREIGN LANGUAGE Cultural understanding and interaction is becoming more and more a part of our everyday lives. This is especially true of the corporate world where multinational companies are becoming the norm. While you are abroad, know how to ask for help in the native language of the country and know local emergency telephone numbers. It’s also greatly
  5. 5. appreciated and helpful for you to learn greetings and a few expressions while you are there. Rosetta Stone is available in SPSU’s language lab located in the J Bldg. Take advantage of this to begin learning some basic phrases and vocabulary of your host country. WHAT TO PACK Mark all luggage inside and out with your name and address. Travel as lightly as possible. Use covered luggage tags to avoid casual observation of your identity or nationality. If possible, lock your luggage. An internal frame backpack is the easiest to carry. Any luggage should have wheels. DO NOT pack medications, important documents or anything that you could not do without in your checked luggage!! Put them in your carry-on bag. CLOTHING People in other countries tend to dress a bit more formally than we do in the U.S. Plan to take a limited amount of clothing – maybe one week’s worth. Take comfortable shoes, appropriate clothing for class, going out on the town, and the climate of the country you are visiting as well as one dressy outfit for special occasions. ELECTRICAL CONVERTERS The voltage of electricity and the design of electrical outlets vary from country to country. Here in the U.S., it’s 110 volts with a two prong outlet. In other countries it can be 240 volts with a three prong outlet. Some electrical appliances you use in the U.S. may not work in a different country. This can include electric razors, cell phone chargers, musical devices, etc. Department stores, travel agencies, and office supply stores sell electricity converter kits that will allow you to use your 110-volt appliance in another country. For more information, please visit rei.com FIRST AID KIT Be sure to pack a small first aid kit with you and include anti-bacterial cream, sunburn medication, cough and cold remedies, aspirin, antacid, Pepto-Bismol, Band Aids insect repellant, a digital or electronic thermometer (mercurial ones cannot go through customs), antacids and a mild laxative. When you travel abroad, the odds are you will have a safe and incident-free trip. No one is better able to tell you this than the U.S. consular officers who work in more than 250 U.S. embassies and consulates around the globe. Every day of the year, U.S. embassies and consulates receive calls from American citizens in distress. To prevent this, consider carrying the minimum number of valuables. If you wear glasses, pack an extra pair. Pack them and any medicines you need in your carry-on luggage. Make two photocopies of your passport identification page, airline tickets, driver's license and the credit cards that you plan to bring with you. Leave one photocopy of this data with family or friends at home; pack the other in a place separate from where you carry the originals. Please go to Travel.state.gov for detailed tips on safety on the street, in your hotel, on public Safety Abroad
  6. 6. transportation and when you drive. AVOIDING LEGAL DIFFICULTIES Not knowing the local laws can get you into serious trouble. Be aware of the drug and alcohol laws of your host country. More than one-third of U.S. citizens incarcerated abroad are held on drug charges. Some countries do not distinguish between possession and trafficking, and many have mandatory sentences – even for possession of a small amount of marijuana or cocaine. A number of Americans have been arrested for possessing prescription drugs, particularly tranquilizers and amphetamines that they purchased legally elsewhere. Some students find that they are of a legal drinking age in their host country. Students who are of a legal age and choose to consume alcohol should do so with the knowledge that, like at home, they remain responsible for their actions at all times and are expected to drink responsibly. Excessive and irresponsible drinking leading to intoxication and behavior that interferes with the program or the rights of others is subject to immediate disciplinary action, and may result in dismissal from the program. Note that the health insurance typically does not cover any injuries that occur while you are under the influence of alcohol, intoxicants or any drug not prescribed by a physician. In addition, intoxication is considered offensive in many cultures and even illegal in some. Please click on Students Abroad link from the State Department and thoroughly read the recommendations given. TAKING PICTURES Ask permission when in doubt before taking pictures!! In many countries, it is ILLEGAL to photograph government buildings, police and military personnel, border areas and transportation facilities. SEXUAL ASSAULT Students participating in a study abroad program are bound by the policies contained in the Student Handbook pages 9-10. Be sure to review this before you depart. RELATIONSHIPS ABROAD The "rules" of dating will vary from culture to culture. Your behavior in some situations may be viewed differently than if you behaved the exact same way at home. For example, accepting a drink that someone buys you in certain countries may come with more social obligations than it would in America. In the United States many people believe that it is possible for a non-sexual relationship (i.e. friendship, companionship) to exist between men and women. However in many other cultures this belief can be just the opposite; stated simply it is difficult or impossible for non- sexual relationships to exist between men and women. It is important that you be aware of your behavior and inform yourself as best as possible about how dating and relationships generally function in your host culture. This knowledge will help you to better identify and act in situations that make you uncomfortable either physically or psychologically. INSURANCE MENTAL HEALTH Health Concerns
  7. 7. Before traveling, create a workable plan for managing your mental health while abroad. The availability and quality of mental health services differ widely from country to country. In many countries, students will find it difficult — and sometimes impossible — to find treatment for mental health conditions. With your health services provider or your school, put together a workable mental health plan before you go overseas. If you have a medical or psychological condition that may require treatment while you are abroad, discuss this ahead of time with your doctor. A vacation or work abroad is a great opportunity to try new things but this is not the time to experiment with not taking your medicine or mixing alcohol with medicine. Research the social culture of your destination to learn about how mental illnesses are viewed. Attitudes toward mental health can greatly vary between countries. If you are studying abroad through your university, talk to your university about access to mental health services at overseas programs. Your work abroad office can help you decide what program would be best for you. If currently receiving mental health services — including prescription medication — find out if those services and/or medication are available at your destination. Consider the support system you’ll have in place while abroad. If possible, know ahead of time who you can consult with about your mental health. INTERNATIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE We do not recommend that students drive when they are abroad. It is estimated that more than 200 U.S. citizens die each year because of road accidents abroad. We’re not trying to scare you, but it is important to be aware of the rules of the road in the country you’re visiting. If you choose to drive while abroad, make sure you obtain an International Driving Permit (IDP) before you go. Many countries don’t recognize U.S. Driver’s licenses, but IDP’s are honored in more than 150 countries outside the U.S. An IDP is not intended to replace a valid U.S. State license and should only be used as a supplement to a valid license. Before departure you can obtain An IDP at a local office of one of two of the automobile associations authorized by the U.S. Department of State: the American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance. INTERNATIONAL YOUTH HOSTEL MEMBERSHIP CARD Your National Association or Hostelling International (HI) Membership card not only opens the door to the world’s largest network of safe, clean and welcoming hostels, but in many HI hostels, being a member now gives you at least a 10% saving on the cost of your accommodation - just one of the great reasons to become a member! In some countries membership is compulsory if you wish to stay in HI hostels listed on this site. STAYING CONNECTED WHILE ABROAD GETTING AROUND ABOUT
  8. 8. CALLING THE U.S. When calling the United States from another country, it is necessary to dial U.S. Code 00 + 1 and then the area code and number. TOLL FREE NUMBERS – 800 AND 888 NUMBERS DO NOT WORK ABROAD. CELL PHONES Check with your cell phone company before you leave to see if your phone will work overseas and what the cost is. Also, many, many countries have call centers which can be used to make overseas calls - a lot cheaper than using the regular cell phone signal. EMAIL Even though you will be abroad, you are responsible for checking your SPSU account email at all times. SKYPE You may also use Skype to make international calls, but in some countries the 3G/4G signal is not such that it will work with SKYPE, so it may still be necessary to use a different method. INTERNATIONAL CALLING CARD Consider bringing an international calling card to make phone calls. It is a convenient and inexpensive way of keeping in touch. You can even purchase one before you depart and then call your loved ones to let them know you arrived safely. TRAVEL TIPS JET LAG Water - Drink lots of it- The humidity on flights is literally desert-like. Lack of proper hydration is thought to contribute to jet lag. Less caffeine, fewer stimulants - Going on the adage less is more, keeping your body from getting over-stimulated, or at times that aren't in synchrony with the time zone you are traveling to, may help stave off the lag. Less alcohol - Effects are stronger in flight, which tends to dehydrate. Eat lighter - Cabin pressure is set at a higher altitude than most locations on earth, so you may feel more bloated from heavier meals, or more lethargic. On longer flights, try not to eat out of boredom which is easy to do when your flight is more than 6 hours long. Sleep - Try and get a restful sleep pre-flying. This is one I find hard to follow, the blend of anxiety and anticipation usually equal insomnia for me. Adjust your watch - Set your watch to the time at your destination after you get on board, and get your mind set into the time zone of your arrival. Move it - Move around during the flight to keep circulation going - stretch, rotate your hands and ankles. Even small amounts of exercise are believed to lessen the effects of jet lag. Adjust your sleep / wake cycle - If it is daytime at your destination when you arrive, try and stay awake until nighttime there and then get a good night's sleep to reset your clock. Try and follow the time pattern of your destination - if it is night there, sleep, if not, stay awake. Go outdoors - Get outside when you arrive - It may help reset your internal time clock faster if you experience the time of day at your destination as soon as possible. Pace yourself - Give yourself time to adjust and try not to plan anything too strenuous on the day you arrive.
  9. 9. Plan ahead - Start changing your schedule a few days before you travel to prep you for the time changes to come. If your destination is 8 hours ahead of your usual time, try going to sleep earlier several days before, and also adjust your meal times. Again, I find this one hard to follow, but have heard of some success with it. LEARNING ABOUT YOUR HOST COUNTRY One of the most important things you can do is get to know your prospective host country. Learn as much as you can. Read not only travel guides, but also histories of the country you'll be going to or biographies of its prominent citizens. Read some classics or contemporary literature from your destination. Look for English language news sources from your host country on-line. See some of its most influential or recent films. Find a cookbook and try cooking the national dish! For more tips on getting to know your host country, click on: Host Country CROSS-CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT Most people who move between cultures (for study, work, tourism, or to take up a new permanent residence) experience a period of adjustment as they establish themselves in their new environment. The adjustment period may be accompanied by dramatic manifestations of symptoms such as anxiety, headaches, digestive problems, and sleep disorders, or may bring less severe symptoms such as discomfort and a more volatile temperament. Research shows that most people who travel outside their home culture experience cultural adjustment in similar ways which, when charted, have come to be known as The U Curve of Cultural Adaptation. It is called a "U Curve" because people generally start at a high point, then experience a decline, or depression, before a leveling off period, then go through a critical "recovery" stage and end up more or less balanced, where they began. However, please remember everyone is different!! Therefore the symptoms and stages of culture shock described below are no way complete or universal. Some people find cultural differences interesting and stimulating, and they want more! Others, when experiencing discomfort or confusion, have a tendency to judge or evaluate other people and to reach negative conclusions. The symptoms and stages of culture shock are surely the first type of person has the greater possibility to gain the most benefit from his or her stay in a host culture. ANTI-AMERICANISM ABROAD When working abroad, many students are unprepared for the experience of negative opinions about Americans and their government, history or culture. Anti-Americanism is a reality in many countries and has existed since before the Cold War, but it often takes students by surprise. Most anti-American opinions are just that: individual opinions about American politics or culture. These usually are based on current events, stereotypes, the media or experiences with other Americans. Occasionally, classmates or even total strangers may deride all American people or you personally, either for the purpose of irritating you, or out of prejudice or ignorance. Regardless of the nature of a
  10. 10. person’s statements, understand that anti-American attitudes are not by themselves a threat to your personal safety. Even a classroom debate or anti-American campus rally, both of which can be understandably intimidating, are considered legitimate components of the learning process in many countries and are not intended to threaten you physically. Before going abroad, brush up on American political and cultural history, and learn the reasons behind U.S. foreign policies. This kind of knowledge will allow you to participate in conversations and debates without feeling helpless or personally attacked. CAREER PLANNING On Your Resume Whatever you decide to do, don’t forget to include your study abroad experience on your resumé. Study abroad is a sign of intercultural competence that is appealing to potential employers and graduate schools alike in our increasingly interdependent society. When including study abroad in your résumé, think about the skills you gained and what you learned while abroad. Did you become proficient in a language? Did you gain research experience through conducting an independent study project? Have you become well versed in some aspect of your host country’s culture? Remember that you must make the connection to the actual skills you gained through the experiences you had—it won’t always be obvious to an employer. In Your Cover Letter Use your cover letter to tell the employer more about you. You can refer to your experiences abroad to highlight specific traits or skills. For example, if an employer is seeking a candidate who is flexible and able to work with all types of people, use your experience abroad to illustrate these qualities. For example: “My experience taking classes in Germany has enhanced my ability to communicate and interact effectively with a population that is different from here in U.S.” Call upon your experience to provide descriptive, yet brief examples to illustrate your point. There is more power behind statements supported by an example. It’s one thing to say that you are flexible, but it has much greater validity if you explain why or how. IN THE CLASSROOM Living abroad will be a life changing experience. Realize that the educational culture in another country is to a great extent a reflection of the national culture. You may experience classroom culture that is different in comparison with what you would experience in the United States. It may be more formal, with students referring faculty as Dr. or Professor only. The United States is often viewed as casual and informal. It is extremely important to follow the local customs and culture in your host country. There will presumably be things that you do not like about how a different culture works. Note these and note why you don’t like them. But don’t forget also to note aspects of this culture that you do appreciate and would like to implement in your career moving forward When talking with professors and classmates, understand that communication styles vary. In some cultures (e.g., Asian), it’s important not to confront others too directly. Showing great respect and allowing others to “save face” are issues requiring sensitivity. Get clear on the objectives and training planned for the semester. Be sure you understand how and
  11. 11. when your class work will be evaluated. Beyond the necessary technical, language, and interpersonal skills that are required for success, remember to be flexible, patient, and open- minded. Observe with some detachment, don’t be reeled in by unrealistic expectations, and try to reflect on what you’re learning. FOR PARENTS Studying abroad is an incredible experience that will most likely be a life changing event for your student. As a parent, it is natural to have apprehension about sending your student across the globe to go to school. But the experience of studying abroad is more than just studying; students learn about: -Themselves -The culture of where they are staying -Their own culture -How to handle new situations -Team work and adaptability -The possibilities available to them It is rare to find a student who comes back after studying abroad who has not been changed by their experience, even more rare to find a student who did not enjoy their experience. But studying abroad is not something that can be done quickly; it takes planning and time to make it a reality. Students will need to plan out their academics, finances, and even make sure their affairs are taken care of in the US. It is very difficult for a student to prepare for this life changing experience if they do not have the support of their family. Parents are welcome to attend the Study Abroad Orientation to have their specific questions answered. RECOMMENDED RESOURCES When Cultures Collide by Richard D. Lewis, 3rd Edition StudentsAbroad.com GlobalScholar.us StudyAbroad.com DiversityAbroad.com CDC Traveler’s Health Rosetta Stone U.S. Customs CIA World Factbook What’s Up with Culture www.pacific.edu/sis/culture Keep your hands to yourself www.getcustoms.com Rick Steve’s Europe through the Back Door www.ricksteves.com
  12. 12.  Insect repellen  Chargers for electronic devices Miscellaneous  Music player/kindle  iPad  Favorite snacks  Small flashlight  Sewing kit  Luggage locks and tags  Umbrella  Sunglasses  Power strip so you on- ly have to purchase one converter (if you plan to bring several items that require plug-in to an electrical outlet)  Your advisor’s e-mail address and cell #  Water bottle  Visor or brimmed hat  Batteries  Flash drive/Memory stick  Small bungee cord  Pictures of family and friends in the States for your apt./room Essentials and Documents  Passport/visa  Plane/train tickets  Medical insurance card (confirm your coverage be- fore traveling abroad)  Student ID and ISIC  Photocopies of your pass- port/visa  Travel documents packed in a different location from the original documents  Emergency contact infor- mation  Hostel membership card  Money belt/neck wallet  $300 of local currency  Credit card/ATM card/debit card  International phone cards and access numbers usable in host country  Backpack (with internal frame)/  Book bag  Camera, batteries/charger and memory card  A small gift for your host family, if applicable  Electricity converter and adapter kit  Map of host city Medicines and Toiletries Keep in mind that toiletries can be purchased overseas.  Prescription medications  Copies of prescriptions, including eyeglass pre- scriptions  Toothbrush/toothpaste  Comb/brush  Dental floss  Deodorant  Lotion  Cosmetics  Fingernail clippers  Hair products  Shaving cream  Hairdryer  Feminine hygiene products  Cold medicine  Contact lens products  Diarrhea medicine  Laxative  Sunscreen  Antibiotic cream  Vitamins Southern Polytechnic State University—Career Center Study Abroad Packing List Clothes and Accessories  Long pants  Women: skirts  Women: dress/dress slacks  Swim suit  T-shirts  Business casual tops  Casual dress blouses/ shirts  Cardigan/Lightweight jacket  Business suit (2)  Underwear and socks for at least a week  Shoes (walking, dress, flip flops, sandals, etc)  Bath towels/washcloths  Belts  Hat
  13. 13. 800 1200 1600 2000 400 800 1200 1600 2000 400 800 1200 1600 2000 400 800 1200 1600 2000 400 800 1200 1600 2000 400 First Things First What to Pack Health and Safety I’m Here, Now What? Other Stuff
  14. 14. True or False? You get the flu while abroad and need to see a doctor. Your health insurance benefits are the same overseas as they are here in the U.S., so there is no problem.
  15. 15. False! You must call your health insurance provider before you depart to determine if you have coverage and if so, what it is while you are overseas. You may need to purchase additional insurance depending on your destination.
  16. 16. Name at least three things you need to know about your host country before you arrive. Daily Double!
  17. 17. Subjective Culture (Invisible to others) 1) Know which non–verbal behaviors are considered inappropriate/rude and which are commonly used (certain hand gestures, greeting by bowing, kissing or shaking hands, etc.). 2) Some current events as well as some history 3) Know the laws 4) What sites you REALLY want to see 5) What culture shock is
  18. 18. True or False? As long as you have your passport to prove your identity, you should have no problems using your ATM card or credit card overseas.
  19. 19. False You must call your bank and credit card companies before you leave the U.S. and notify them of your travel itinerary.
  20. 20. You plan to use your phone overseas to text friends and upload photos to What do you need to do first?
  21. 21. . Call your cell phone carrier and ask about their international call plans AND the cost associated with each.
  22. 22. True/False There is no need to know the language of the country you are visiting. English is a universal language.
  23. 23. False!! At the very least, you should know how to ask for help, say you are sick, ask for someone who can speak English, etc. Having a very basic command of the language will help YOU feel less isolated. Also, attempts to speak the language are usually met with much gratitude.
  24. 24. Since stealing passports is big business overseas, what is the best way to safely carry your passport and your money?
  25. 25. A money belt. Can be purchased at…
  26. 26. Name three items you will want to pack in your carry-on luggage. Daily Double!
  27. 27.  Passport  Visa  Tickets  Money  Returning plan tickets  Prescription medication  Glasses and contacts  Other official documentation  Anything else you cannot live without
  28. 28. You want to experience night life in the country you are visiting. You head out to dinner wearing jeans and a polo. This should be okay.
  29. 29. Other countries tend to dress a bit more formally than we do in the U.S. Many restaurants will not allow you to dine in their restaurant if you are wearing jeans.
  30. 30. Name two reasons why it is important to pack lightly for your trip abroad.
  31. 31. 1) So you will have room to pack things you will buy (souvenirs, clothing and gifts, etc.) while abroad 2) You don’t want to have to carry heavy luggage with you
  32. 32. What is the electrical currency voltage in the U.S? a. 110 v b. 220 v c. 280 v d. 300 v
  33. 33. • 110 volts in the U.S. • 220 volts in Europe • You will need a currency converter and an adapter • Some electronic devices have 110/220 voltage • Can be purchased at…
  34. 34. True or False You are studying abroad in Spain and having a wonderful time. You happen to witness a crime and need to call the police. Calling 911 for help is universal.
  35. 35. False! Most countries have their own emergency contact number(s). Program that number into your cell phone before you leave the U.S. Spain – 112 Germany -112 Ambulance -110 is police Kenya - 999 China -120 ambulance -119 fire -110 police -122 traffic accident
  36. 36. Daily Double! International travel is stressful. Given the stressors of travel, preexisting psychiatric disorders can recur, and latent, undiagnosed problems can become apparent for the first time. What are three elements of a workable plan to have in place before you depart?
  37. 37. 1. If you have a psychological condition that may require treatment while you are abroad, discuss this ahead of time with your doctor. Study abroad is a great opportunity to try new things but this is not the time to experiment with not taking your medicine or mixing alcohol with medicine. 2. Research the social culture of your destination to learn about how mental illnesses are viewed. Attitudes toward mental health can greatly vary between countries. 3. If you are studying abroad through your university, talk to your university about access to mental health services at overseas programs. 4. If currently receiving mental health services — including prescription medication — find out if those services and/or medication are available at your destination. 5. Consider the support system you’ll have in place while abroad, if possible.
  38. 38. A person needs to pack their ADD meds and a pain killer that contains a narcotic. In addition to carrying the medications in their original containers, what else do they need to bring so they have no trouble going through Customs?
  39. 39. A letter from their doctor that stating that they need to take the drugs. The letter must list the brand name and generic name of each drug.
  40. 40. You want to explore some night clubs in you new country and have read online about some that look fun. Who else should you ask for recommendations?
  41. 41. The staff at the hostel or place you are staying. Be sure to ask about the cost as well and for places that are student-oriented. The internet is a great resource but does not tell the whole story.
  42. 42. The concept of non-sexual male and female friendship is universal. Daily Double!
  43. 43. No! That is predominately an American idea. Accepting a drink that someone buys you in certain countries may come with more social obligations than it would here. In some cultures, a woman allowing a man into her apartment or home is the same as allowing him “into her body.”
  44. 44. True or False Now that you are here in your host country, it’s a good time to decide how you will coordinate communicating with both your group and group leader
  45. 45. Now is the ideal time! Emergency study abroad number Group leaders number Hotel number Others???
  46. 46. True or False? Because you are an American, breaking the law abroad isn’t a big deal.
  47. 47. You must know about alcohol consumption laws, public drunkenness, drug use, drug smuggling, etc.
  48. 48. A popular way to “journal” your study abroad adventures is…
  49. 49. Studyabroad.com offers a free blogs for current study abroad students to share their adventures with other study abroad hopefuls who visit the site. Email blog@studyabroad.com
  50. 50. The name of the identification card that identifies you as a full-time student and provides you with discounts on cultural attractions.
  51. 51. International Student Identity Card The ISIC is the only internationally accepted proof of full-time student status. It is endorsed by organizations such as UNESCO. The ISIC is extremely popular and is used by more than 4.5 million full-time students in 120 countries every year. It gives students access to tens of thousands of student services and benefits worldwide. As a study abroad student, you will get discounts and services on flights and public transportation as well as discounts related to museums, shopping and entertainment. It may also save you money when booking trains, buses, shuttle services etc. as you travel throughout your study abroad trip.
  52. 52. True or False? Your study abroad experience is something of interest to a potential employer
  53. 53. True! Include your study abroad experience(s) on your resume and meet with a Career Services staff member who understands the value of education abroad to have your resume critiqued. Skills Gained from Study Abroad •Independence/Self-reliance •Self-confidence •Flexibility •Perseverance •Ability to cope with stress and rejection •Inquisitiveness •Awareness of lifestyle choices and global consequences •Adaptability to new environments •Appreciation for diversity •Ability to establish rapport quickly •Open-mindedness •Understanding and appreciation of other perspectives •Suspend judgment about people and their actions •Concern/knowledge of international issues and politics •Learn quickly •Handle difficult situations •Critical thinking skills •Function with a high level of ambiguity •Achieve goals despite obstacles •Take initiatives and risks •Communicate despite barriers •Learn through listening and observing
  54. 54. Name two ways to help you finance your study abroad experience
  55. 55. Raising $$$ for Study Abroad • Write fundraising letters to family • Part-time job • Fundraising Party • Financial Aid • Scholarships • Get a Piggy Bank • Other Ideas
  56. 56. What would you do? Scenario – Sick in Rome
  57. 57. You have lost your passport while you are overseas. What do you do? Daily Double!
  58. 58. Contact or visit the local U.S. embassy or consulate immediately and ask the American Citizens Services (ACS) unit to report the loss/theft.
  59. 59. In other countries, the police have the same powers as they do here in the U.S.
  60. 60. No! In other countries the police are very powerful. They can impose a steep fine, send you directly to the airport to return to your home country or worse. Be certain to know and obey local laws at all times!
  61. 61. Now that you made your way back to American soil, the first thing you will probably want to do is relax after the long flight/s home. Once you've readjusted to the time zone and fought off the lingering effects of jetlag, you will likely be very eager to answer all of your friends and family's number one question: How will you tell your story?
  62. 62. Sharing Your Study Abroad Experience – High Tech and Low Tech Options • Produce a movie: Upload all of your pictures while recording your voice to narrate the significance of each picture. This is a great way to sit your friends and family down to watch a fun video of the life you lived for time you were abroad! • Create a scrapbook: Take a trip to your local arts and crafts store and pick up some crafty items for you to create a scrapbook of your trip abroad. Include pictures, objects that you brought home with your most memorable quotes from the trip. You can also create a scrapbook online by easily assembling your desired pictures without having to purchase any arts or crafts. This is a great way to let your book tell your story. • Put together a photo album: When you buy a photo album you can place all of your pictures in chronological order from your first day abroad till the very last day before departure. Tell your story while you flip through the pictures so the listeners can really get a taste of your experience. • Make a collage: Out of all of your photos, pick some of your favorites and assemble them in a large picture frame. Once your collage looks perfect it is time to hang your amazing frame for display! • Develop a slideshow: A slideshow is a great way to put your pictures on a disc and explain to each listener what the significance of each picture means. • Make a calendar: There are different applications on computers or you can download a free trial online to make a calendar for yourself. This is a great way to document your trip and keep you most memorable pictures as you flip through the pages of the year.
  63. 63. Jill F. Forest Associate Director, Career Services Southern Polytechnic State University NAFSA Academy Class 10 Jforest@spsu.edu Linkedin.com/in/jillforest
  64. 64. Study Abroad Jeopardy Game Currently our university only has a couple of short-term study abroad trips that are done annually and until now there has been no orientation provided for students. This game, booklet and packing list are the first orientation materials to be created for SPSU. Students planning to go abroad will be required to read the study abroad booklet before coming to the study abroad orientation. I designed it in a colorful, three-column format so students will be more likely to read the material. Students will be told that by reading in advance they will be able to correctly answer questions and be eligible to win prizes related to their trip for correctly answered Daily Double questions. Daily Double prizes will be; a money belt, an electrical currency converter, an international calling card, a country guide and a gift card to a travel store such as Mori Luggage store. They will win smaller prizes for other questions answered correctly like ear plugs, luggage tags, a neck pillow, candy, etc. Rules of the Game The first student to stand may select any category or any dollar amount. If they answer correctly, they will receive a prize. They may ask for help from their peers if they are stumped. If they answer incorrectly, the next person to stand can attempt to answer the question and will win the prize if correct. The goal of the game is to review materials they have read and to have students interact with the material so they will retain more information. Students will have a short break once half of the questions are answered. At the end of the game, students will be grouped into two’s and will have to do a short research assignment together on the country they are visiting. Topics will include: foods, popular phrases and greetings, recent history, taboo topics, local laws (driving, drinking, etc.) They will present this information to their peers at the next orientation meeting which will be at a local restaurant.