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1 (Insert Your Country) & Study Abroad: Now More Than Ever Your Institution, Department, Your Name, Title

2 Introduction In this slide you will want to introduce yourself and tell the audience where you are from and why you are in America. In the next couple of slides you will want to tell the audience more about your home country in greater length.

3 My Region of the World Add pictures and information about your region of the world (ex. Southeast Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America, Western Africa, etc.)

4 (Your home country) In this slide you will want to describe your home country. Give some demographics and statistical information about your country such as geography, ethnicities, prominent religions, languages spoken, and personal overview of your home country.

5 (Your home country) Continue to introduce the audience to the lifestyle and culture of your specific country and emphasize how life differs outside of the U.S. The likelihood that your audience has traveled to your home country is slim, so they will be curious as to what you have to say, so do not hesitate to add ample descriptions.

6 Attractions Mention here different attractions to your country-both physical and intangible. Include picture of a landmark or just a picture you are fond of at home.

7 My City Add pictures and information about city views, your friends, where you went to school, places in your community, etc.

8 Culture Have a slide here about your culture of your home country and how it differs from culture in the U.S. Perhaps you want to include differences in lifestyle, food, dress etc.

9 Living in (home country) Here you might want to tell a little bit about your living arrangements at home. Describe what your home life is like-how it may differ from the stereotypical home life in the U.S. You can describe physical differences( ex. houses or the community may be structured differently etc.) or describe the cultural differences in home life (ex. maybe the eating hours are different etc.). Show a picture of typical living in your country.

10 Getting Started Applications for programs are generally due well in advance. Start by researching the options available by visiting the Study Abroad office and speaking with a program advisor one year before you would like to travel. One way to experience [Insert Home country name] is through Study Abroad!

11 11 With the globalization of our world, the number of Native American students studying abroad is on the rise. Study abroad provides the perfect opportunity to learn about another culture, and while it might seem slightly paradoxical, many find that studying and living in another country also helps them to keep their own culture and individuality alive. Understanding other cultures will help shed a new light on your own and will help you to understand how your culture interlaces with the entire world. Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad

12 12 When it comes to the issues you may face as a Native American, it is important to understand that you are not alone. The UN has recently acknowledged the need to support native cultures around the world. The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues states that Despite their cultural differences, the various groups of indigenous peoples around the world share common problems related to the protection of their rights as distinct peoples. By coming together these cultures are giving each other strength and support for their individuality. Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad

13 13 1.See the world and broaden your experience. Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad You can expand your knowledge of the world by actually being there, seeing it, touching it, and experiencing it. Pictures in text books simply do not do justice to standing under the Eiffel Tower or on the Great Wall of China. Is there a place or landmark you have always wanted to see? This is how you can understand the world in a direct, all-encompassing way.

14 14 2.Gain a new perspective on your own country. Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad See the U.S. with new eyes. Being immersed in one country tends to give us a limited view of our world. Traveling outside the country will show you how America affects and fits into all of humanity. From the vantage point of someone elses culture you can truly see your own. By being exposed to so many diverse traditions you will understand the significance of keeping your own traditions alive.

15 15 3.Explore other indigenous cultures Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad Study abroad programs that specifically focus on interaction with indigenous cultures around the world are starting emerge. You can have a cross-cultural experience with an aboriginal tribe of Australia, or come to know the peoples who are native to Central America or even East Asia. Most countries have a First People, and each group is distinctly unique to their area. You can learn about their customs and traditions while sharing your own. See how these cultures are different or surprisingly similar to your own…

16 16 Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad …Find out how they have been able to interact with the settlement of incoming cultures. You may discover invaluable insights from those who have experienced a similar history. You may also find that you share some of the same ideals or the same challenges and that you can learn from one another. Finding common ground can only make you stronger and more equipped to fulfill your future ambitions.

17 17 4.Improve your professional and financial potential Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad International experience is a critical and impressive part of any resume. In addition to the personal growth youll undergo while overseas, the international and cross-cultural skills youll develop will certainly expand your employment opportunities and, consequently, your income potential. Many companies seek out individuals with multi-lingual and multi-cultural experience and skills.

18 18 5.Become a fulltime learner Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad Many students who go abroad report that in addition to enjoying and learning in their classes during the week, they learn some of the most valuable lessons outside of the classroom. Weekend excursions to museums and cultural sites also add to your academic and personal growth. You learn to interact with people who may not necessarily think or communicate like you. While in a foreign country, even mundane activities – like shopping for groceries –become educational experiences.

19 19 6.Gain new insights and outlooks through relationships Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad Study abroad returnees often report meeting others with whom they expected to have no common ground, and then discovering that, despite being from different parts of the globe, they have much in common and much to learn from one another. These relationships, insights, and outlooks are a critical part of the study abroad experience.

20 20 7.Fight stereotypes by educating others Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad Native Americans may find they are faced with unique challenges as they travel abroad. Many countries around the world may only have had experience with Native Americans through movies, television, historical text or popular novels. You may find that you stand out or are the subject of curiosity. Try not to be offended, but instead use this as a unique opportunity to educate others about who you are as a person, a tribe, a nation, and an American. You can illustrate your own experiences in the United States in comparison to what others see and hear.

21 21 Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad Another challenge you may face would be in countries with a well established indigenous group. Here you may find yourself faced with the same stereotypes that the indigenous group is faced with, or you may find that the complete opposite is true. You could be viewed as purely an American and an outsider to that group. Either way, this is an opportunity for you to break down any negative presuppositions and to who you really are. This is your chance to be an individual as well as a representative of your culture, and to encourage positive understanding of global diversity.

22 22 8.Dispel your own stereotypes Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad Former Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell, half Northern Cheyenne, stated that, We need to create a forum for redemption, tolerance, sensitivity. Living in another country can often serve as such a forum…

23 23 Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad …In addition to being a cultural ambassador to dispel others misconceptions, studying abroad gives you a chance to break down some of your own stereotypes about other countries and peoples. Not only will you have the chance to immerse yourself in another culture, you will also meet people from different backgrounds and make personal connections with people whom you may have never expected. Try to enter these foreign places with the same open mind and heart that you would appreciate in return.

24 24 9.Take control of your future Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad During your time abroad, you will be exposed to countless different experiences that may influence the rest of your life. The vast majority of study abroad students report feeling more independent, self-confident, and knowledgeable of the world around them. After studying abroad, you may find your travels have had a profound influence on your career or personal goals. If you wish to continue with your higher education into either a masters or a doctorate, study abroad experience will give an edge on the competition.

25 25 10.See what influenced these great Native American leaders Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad A number of Native-Americans were strongly shaped by their international experiences, including: Cory Witherill, full blooded Navajo, was the first person to be a four-time champion at the Motocross Valvoline de Montreal.

26 26 Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad Maria Tallchief, half Osage, was the Prima Ballerina of the 1940s and 50s. She danced for the Paris Opera and all over Europe, and was even declared Woman of the Year in 1953 by President Eisenhower. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, half Northern Cheyenne, was the only Native American U.S. Senator in over 60 years, 1992-2005. He studied as an exchange student at Meiji University in Tokyo.

27 27 Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad Tom Cole U.S. Representative Member of the Chickasaw Nation Only registered Native American in Congress

28 28 Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad There is no better way to learn about a culture and the world outside the United States, than first-hand. The experience of studying abroad allows students to develop a broader perspective of the world. It helps them become well-rounded and objective thinkers. In the political arena, I have found that my personal experience gained from studying abroad has been vitally important in understanding legislation concerning foreign policy. We live in a very diverse world--knowledge gained while studying abroad will be an asset to you no matter what your plans are for the future. Tom Cole, U.S. Representative

29 29 Reasons For Native American Students to Study Abroad As native peoples, we are very much aware of the interconnection of all things... Truly, may the rest of the world take note that even a million miles cannot separate sincere hearts. Jerry Elliot High Eagle NASA Physicist and Designer of the First International Site for Peace

30 30 Why I Studied in the U.S. Now that students have heard various reasons to study abroad, you can help to inspire them and personalize your presentation by telling them what motivated you to study in the U.S. You may offer a unique perspective, or what ultimately made you study abroad might be what a student needs to hear to decide to study abroad themselves. Add some of your own pictures!

31 Where Can You Go?

32 Develop Your Global Competencies Through Study Abroad! To find out how you can study abroad, please contact: Name of Your Institution Office of Study Abroad Location Contact Information

33 Students say…. Two of the biggest misconceptions made by students are that they don't have the time or the money to study abroad. As far as financing issues are concerned, my own study was funded entirely by scholarships and grants that were only available for students wishing to study abroad. The time factor is another issue that regularly pops up as a reason for not studying abroad…I can only say that the year I spent abroad was the best year of my life. Why give up the best year of your life so that you can graduate a little earlier?

34 How To Get There Talk to your parents Visit your school counselor and see what programs are available Apply for a program Get your passport

35 Funding Your Study Abroad Financial Aid At many institutions, financial aid transfers to Study Abroad Programs Scholarships Advance Planning and Budgeting

36 Tools for Finding a Program Home Campus Study Abroad Office/Resource Center: The best place to look for a study abroad program is your U.S. home campus study abroad office (where available). The staff can help you through the process of finding a program, applying, participating, and returning home. Reference Books: The following are comprehensive reference books which are updated each year: Petersons Study Abroad, Petersons

37 37 Tools for Finding a Program Summer Study Abroad, IIE Academic Year Abroad, and IIE Short-Term Study Abroad. They include detailed explanations and descriptions of many study abroad programs. Websites: There are a number of websites with information about available study abroad programs. Some websites we recommend are:,, IIEPassport, and Petersons

38 Room and Board Living arrangements vary from one location to another. Possibilities include university residence halls, staying with a host family in a private home, sharing an apartment, and boarding houses. In some cases you will have a meal plan similar to those at your home institution. In other cases, you or your host family will be responsible for providing meals.

39 Advancing Tolerance and Understanding Clearly, we need to use education to advance tolerance and understanding. Perhaps more than ever, international understanding is essential to world peace- understanding between faiths, between nations, between cultures. Today, we know that just as no nation is immune to conflict or suffering, no nation can defend itself alone. We need each other- as friends, as allies, as partners- in a struggle for common values and common needs. Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary General

40 Preparing For Your Future In the 21 st Century, there will be only two kinds of people: Those who think globally and those who are looking for work. Peter F. Drucker Writer, Management Consultant, Professor

41 Questions?? Offer here to answer any questions they may have about your home country, study abroad, life back home, or how life is for you being a foreigner living and studying in the U.S. You will want to come prepared to answer questions so consider these issues in advance and how you may want to respond to these concerns.

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