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2 Study Abroad Student Orientation

3 Overview of the Orientation Program Topics Covered in Orientation: Before You Go While Youre There Cross Cultural Learning Once You Return

4 Contact Information Monitor your CSU e-mail before and during your study abroad program. If you do not regularly check your CSU email account, please ensure that your CSU email is forwarded to your preferred account. Finances If you do not pay your bill on time, you will incur late fees and may be dropped from the program and/or your courses. If your program fee covers housing and you arrive early or leave late, you need to arrange and pay for the extra days. If you are only taking study abroad courses this summer, you will only pay the card and technology fee. If you take courses on campus during the summer, all fees will apply. CONTACT INFORMATION & FINANCES

5 Direct deposit If youre receiving financial aid or scholarship money, you should arrange for direct deposit by accessing the Student Accounts website. Accessing your money abroad Plan to take a variety of ways to access your money: ATM card, travelers checks, major credit card and some cash. Before you leave, ask your bank for specific information on accessing money where you will be; ATM cards might not work every place and may carry an international access fee. Credit cards Its important to have a major credit card for emergencies. Make sure you have a PIN number if needed and a sizeable available balance. Make sure to find out what are the most commonly accepted major credit cards in the country where you are going. ACCESSING YOUR MONEY ABROAD

6 Documents and Travel Passport You need a VALID passport to enter foreign countries. If your passport will expire within six months of your scheduled return from abroad, many countries will not let you in. To apply, log onto the department of state website and follow the instructions. It generally takes 4 - 6 weeks. Visas (If required) A visa is permission to enter and stay in a foreign country. Visas are issued by the government of the country you are visiting, not the US government. Visas are usually stamped into your passport, so youll need your passport first. Apply as soon as possible; it can take a month or more. It is your responsibility to get in touch with the appropriate consulate and apply. Visa and passport photos must be of passport quality. Non US citizens, please see the Office of International Programs. PASSPORTS & VISAS

7 Non-US Citizens If you have a U.S. Residence Card, take it with you, and make sure it does not expire while you are abroad. To avoid problems returning to the US, make sure you have all your re-entry papers in order. Visit the OISS for help. Duplicates/Copies For your own protection, make multiple copies of: information pages of your passport (including visas), airplane tickets and itineraries, and any other important information (insurance card, credit cards, drivers license, travelers checks receipts). Take a copy with you and leave another one with someone at home. Leave a copy of your passport identification page with the Office of Study Abroad. You can attach it to your flight information. Dont keep copies with the originals. PASSPORT CONT

8 Flights If a group flight has been arranged for your program, your faculty leader/program director will have this information. MAKE SURE TO MEET THE PROGRAM DIRECTOR AT AIRPORT BY SPECIFIED TIME. The number of pieces and luggage weights vary depending on flight and airline. Return Flights Security, Customs and Immigration checks are now much more extensive and thorough than they were before 9/11. If you try to bring illegal substances into the US, you will be caught. DO NOT offer or agree to carry anything back home for anyone, no matter who asks, because its unsafe and illegal. Be especially suspicious if you are approached at the airport. INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS

9 Health Checkups If its been a while since your last general and dental checkups, its a good idea to have them before you go abroad. Routine vaccinations should be up to-date. For information on required immunizations, safety tips and issues related to health: Go to the Center for Disease Control web site ( Set up an appointment with a professional at a CSU Student Health Services or elsewhere. HEALTH ABROAD

10 Medication and prescriptions If youre taking any prescription medications, be sure to get an adequate supply to take with you since you may not be able to find refills abroad. Even if you have a full supply, be sure to take a copy of your prescription with you. Youll need it if you lose your supply and have to buy more. Be sure your doctor uses the generic name for the medicine as brand names are not the same in other countries. Some medications commonly prescribed in the US are considered controlled substances in other countries, including some painkillers, antidepressants, Ritalin, etc. Check with the consulate of the country to which you are going. It is a good ideas that at least one parent, guardian or spouse have a VALID PASSPORT for emergencies! MEDICATIONS & PRESCRIPTIONS

11 Enrollment and Registration If you have questions about enrollment for study abroad, contact your program director. Faculty led program participants register online as you would for courses here at CSU. Study Abroad section numbers will be indicated and registration instructions will be handled by program director. If you are participating in a co-sponsored program, you may receive a contract to sign. This contract is different for every institution and will clarify which courses will earn grades and which courses will earn transfer credit. If you have any questions, contact the Office of International Programs. ENROLLMENT & REGISTRATION

12 You MUST register for the minimum number of credits required by your program. Study abroad courses may be articulated as CSU credit and grade or Transfer credit depending on college, academic unit, and/or program. Please check with the academic unit at CSU for information regarding articulation of credit. Some courses may be taken for credit/no credit. Please contact your academic advisor for eligibility issues. Prepare to study hard: studying in a foreign culture can be more demanding than at home COURSE CREDIT

13 Packing If you really cant get it on site, you probably dont need it Leave items of value at home Dont take more than you can carry Cell Phones If you plan to use your cell phone overseas, check availability of service and cost. It is your responsibility to order and pay for a cell phone. It can be very expensive to use cell phone abroad. Please check with your carrier before using phone. It may be better to wait until to you arrive and buy phone cards or sim cards, etc. PACKING & CELL PHONE USE

14 Policies Arrive on-site by the first day of class or orientation. You cannot leave the program early without permission. No refunds will be given for early departures. Alcohol abuse will not be tolerated on CSU study abroad programs. CSU has a zero-tolerance policy regarding the possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs by students participating in CSU study abroad programs. READ Violation of these policies may result in 1) immediate dismissal 2) academic withdrawal from the university 3) disciplinary action upon return to campus, in addition to any local legal consequences. POLICIES & PROCEDURES

15 Host-country law You are responsible for respecting laws and norms of foreign societies, your host university rules and faculty or the Resident Directors directives. Your status as an US citizen does NOT give you immunity. The program may take disciplinary action even if government does not. Safety and Security Keep documents safe while abroad Find a safe place you can keep valuables (passport, tickets, jewelry, cash, sentimental items) locked up when you are not using them. US Embassies and Consulates US embassies are located in capital cities only; students studying in other locations will have to visit the US consulate nearest them. Among other services, US Consular Services can help U.S. citizens with lost / stolen passports, obtaining emergency funds, and during an international crisis. FOLLOW HOST COUNTRY LAWS

16 READ Program Cancellation for Security Reasons In the unlikely event that an on-going program is cancelled for security reasons: Emergency procedures are in place, including medical and general emergency evacuation or relocation procedures. Program Cancellation for Security Reasons

17 Everyday safety Know the dialing instructions for international collect calls from your host country to the U.S. in the event of an emergency. Most security issues dont involve terrorists but your behavior abroad. Try to blend into the new environment as much as you can by becoming aware of your surroundings. Sometimes it is impossible, but give thought to how not to stand out as a foreigner. You could dress more like locals, but be mindful of how your mannerisms can also make you stand out. Dont blindly trust people you wouldnt trust back home. Avoid demonstrations or other political events that may turn violent and/or anti-U.S. SAFETY

18 If a situation feels unsafe in any way, get out of it. Dont worry about possibly insulting someoneyour safety and well-being come first. Be careful of physical risks in unfamiliar places. Find out if theres an undertow before you dive into the ocean. Wear a helmet when biking on narrow European streets. Avoid traveling alone, especially in unsafe or remote locations and try to avoid travel at night. Ask your local contacts or faculty member about the safe areas. At all times, try to travel with one more person or in small groups. SAFETY CONT

19 Alcohol Most safety issues during study abroad – from theft to injury, even sexual assault -- are related to alcohol misuse. Many foreign societies do not have legal drinking ages or are more permissive about it than the US. Remember: alcohol impairment can be dangerous in Georgia, it can definitely more dangerous when youre in a culture you dont know and understand. ALCOHOL USE

20 Dating and Sex There are many aspects of living in an unfamiliar foreign setting that can have an impact on peoples behavior, including behaviors related to dating and sex. If we dont know what the behavioral restrictions are in a foreign country, its tempting to assume that there arent any. Across cultures, the same script does not apply in dating and romantic relationships. You cant know how others will interpret your verbal and non-verbal signals. Neither will you be sure how to interpret the behaviors of the locals. At all times be careful. If you are sexually active while abroad use condoms and contraceptives. Remember that the incidence of HIV is much higher in many other parts of the world, especially in large metropolitan areas and university communities. Be aware of host country laws regarding sexual behavior. DATING & SEX ABROAD

21 Health During your SA program, you will carry medical insurance coverage provided by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). You do not need to complete any forms to be enrolled. Office of International Programs will do that for you. You will receive an insurance card from program director. Keep this card with you at all times. This policy becomes active on the official arrival date of the program and expires last day of the program. If you are planning to stay longer, you will need to purchase additional insurance. Please review the coverage and benefit document on CISI insurance on the homepage. HEALTH & INSURANCE COVERAGE

22 Academics Good academic standing in your class attendance counts! In most programs, your instructor will lower your final grades if you miss classes. If you have non-CSU professors, keep in mind that a good grade is defined differently in different societies. Not only can grading systems vary, but what you are expected to learn and how you show youve learned it can be very different. Ask your instructors about their expectations of you early and often. ACADEMICS WHILE ABROAD

23 Foreign academic cultures It is very likely that the academic rules, university environment, classroom behavior, homework expectations, etc. will vary in a different country, even if these are CSU courses. Please prepare to adapt. One of the most apparent differences will probably be your access to libraries. Often, libraries abroad are smaller and open fewer hours. You may not be allowed in the stacks. You may need to rethink your reliance on technology and computers. Access may be more limited than in the US. Your relationships with foreign instructors and your expected behavior might be very different at the host university and country. Do some research and preparation before arriving to avoid uncomfortable situations. ACADEMICS CONT

24 PHOTO COMPETITION Each year the Office of International Programs will sponsor a Study Abroad Photo Competition. It is an opportunity to share your amazing pictures from your study abroad experiences. Prizes will be awarded!!!! Scholarship Winners: As a reminder, part of acceptance of the STARS award, you must perform at least ten (10) hours of OIP directed work promoting study abroad. Here are few examples on how to obtain your mandatory hours: Work in the Office of International Programs Volunteer at the Study Abroad Fairs Speak to a Class about Your Study Abroad Experience Design a Video on Your Study Abroad Experience Create a Scrapbook on Your Study Abroad Experience.


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