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UCCS Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation
Transcript of UCCS Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation
Complete online UCCS application and bring course approval form to Education Abroad Office (if you haven't done so already)
Education Abroad Office will enroll all exchange and program provider students in placeholder course.
If ANY courses change abroad, please contact Academic/Faculty Advisor immediately!
SEND TRANSCRIPTS TO FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
Global Engagement Office
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
APPLICATION & ACADEMIC MATERIALS
Have a physical exam at least four weeks before departure and if appropriate, have a dental exam as well. It is a good idea to discuss with your doctor.
When you get abroad, find suitable care/support facilities.
Get your vaccinations:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) and World Health Organization (www.who.int) for recommendations.
Locate vaccination record
Get vaccinated one to two months before your trip.
HEALTH ABROAD- Minimize your health risk abroad!
(If you take prescription medication)
Don't go without medication.
Carry your medications in their original labeled containers, and pack them in your carry-on bag since checked baggage is occasionally lost.
Ask your pharmacy or physician for the generic equivalent name of your prescriptions in case you need to purchase additional medication abroad.
Get a letter from your physician in case you are questioned about your carry-on medication; some countries have strict restrictions on bringing prescriptions or even non-prescription medications into country without proper medical documentation.
Maintain good habits abroad............
Stay hydrated, get enough sleep and be careful about food and water.
Use sunscreen, bug repellant, vaccinations and regular medications.
Practice safe sex abroad.
Do not abuse alcohol!
Avoid risky behavior and driving abroad.
Medical Travel Insurance
*Understand your coverage*
Students participating in Education Abroad Program Providers and students on the faculty-directed program to England are covered.
* Coverage information can be given by your Program Provider*
You may need to pay for medical services before reimbursement from insurance provider.
Inform faculty member or program administrator immediately of situation.
General Info and Additional Tips
Drink responsibly- Alcohol content by volume is higher abroad.
Look out for each other (USE BUDDY SYSTEM)
Sexual assault and rape do occur abroad. * Be Aware of the signals you may be sending*
Most crime is petty (pick-pockets, cell phones)
Understand who will be covering meals, transportation and other aspects of trip.
Have back up plan for lost/stolen items.
Budget well and add a contingency fund to your budget planning.
Plan discretionary spending!
Do not carry a lot of cash, use ATM's when needed.
First time you withdraw cash, do it during normal business hours.
Carry local currency to restaurants, shops, etc
Understand true cost of credit card purchases: exchange rate + transaction fees.
BANKING ABROAD: USING AN ATM
Students use their debit cards to access funds abroad.
Check with local bank to see what additional charges you may incur while using your card. Often times, a 2-3% international transaction fee is added to your purchase or withdrawal.
Check with local bank to see if they are associated with a bank overseas.
Let your credit and debit card holder know that you will be overseas and the dates, so they can make note of it on your account. Otherwise, the overseas charges could be flagged for fraud and your account could be frozen.
CREDIT, DEBIT AND CASH
Pin number for credit cards (some vendors use PIN and CHIP method. (embedded with microchip)
What does this mean for you?
Magnetic strip credit cards might not work at some automated payment points ( train and subway stations, luggage lockers
Certain countries are cash economies: be prepared to pay cash for most of your transactions.
Good idea to ask for:
waiver of transaction fees
daily limit on withdrawals
THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE DEPARTURE
Assign Power of Attorney to act on your behalf in certain situations.
Grant a responsible family member access to your bank accounts.
Keep copies of documents with a responsible family member.
Once you are abroad:
Carry a small wallet or purse abroad.
Bring locks for your luggage if staying in hostels.
Keep your passport and valuables in a safe place!
KNOW YOUR DESTINATION
Register with the U.S. Department of State
Purchase pre-paid while abroad (most economical)
Check with your service providers for international plans (most expensive)
START A BLOG
MAY 8TH, 2015.
KEEP the following original documents in your carry-on:
Identification documents: passport with visa, driver's license
Housing information: address, phone number, after hours contact information
Program Director's on-site contact information
Student Emergency Card
Credit/Debit Cards- Second copy on carry-on and copies with relatives at home
Pack in carry-on:
Passport, all travel documents, flight itinerary, contact information
Medications (follow US TSA 3-1-1 rule for liquids)
Cell phone and contact emergency phone numbers
Change of casual clothing (luggage may get lost temporarily)
Pack in checked luggage:
ATTIRE: Business, rural, religious meetings and sites have expectations and taboos about clothing- ask your host.
Check weather for outerwear.
Leave behind expensive jewelry and watches
If applies, take voltage adapters.
Books, items for class
PACK SMART- LESS IS MORE
- Practice equals success- try multiple configurations
- For international flights: limits/regulations for baggage etc for all flights on itinerary.
- For connecting trains/buses: Be prepared!
- Keep in mind- The way you dress shows respect for the culture
What is it?
Constant Criticism of host culture
Continue doing the things you get enjoyment from at home.
Listening to Music
Participate in Sports/ Visit the gym
Connect with family and friends
RETURNING BACK HOME
PREPARE TO RETURN:
Getting through customs:
Keep all itinerary and receipts for all purchases
Wrap physician letter around applicable prescriptions.
Follow airline limits/ regulations
* UCCS REMINDERS*
Verify transcripts will be sent to the UCCS Education Abroad Office
Bring all coursework and syllabi back with you!
Expect Reverse Culture Shock
* If you have been away for a month or more
You will be different when you return, as will your friends and family.
You will always compare your host culture with your with that of your own
Things you can do
Talk to others who have traveled.
Keep in touch with friends you made abroad.
Get involved with international organizations.
iBuddy Student Mentor Program- Get involved
Once back at UCCS
Verify that all grades have been posted correctly to your record. Do not wait!
Collect photos and videos and plan to submit best ones to the UCCS Abroad Photo Contest!
Tweet, #Hastag and Facebook your adventures!
Remain calm! (You need a clear head)
Assess situation and communicate with your program director to determine kind of emergency. (Personal accident/injury, assault, arrest)
Take action! Use program emergency plan.
- Use communication tree- call home when you can
- Contact Insurance provider
- Take care of yourself.
Stay in touch with your program director.
Follow directors by program director and all insurance personnel.
Special Case Notes (what you should do)
Make sure your program director knows where you are.
Your insurance provider and International SOS can recommend in-country and U.S Lawyers.
ASSAULT or THEFT:
Don't isolate or blame yourself (It happens, just be smart)
Report incident to program director and appropriate authorities
Seek care and follow healthcare provider instructions.
NATURAL DISASTER or CIVIL UNREST:
Get to a safe place and contact your Faculty Director/Program.
Keep passport with you at all times.
You may be taken to a safe location prior to flight out.
(How much do you really know about your country? )
Know Your Country
Our #1 goal is to ensure that you have a safe and successful trip abroad.
What is CULTURE?
Culture is the learned and shared knowledge that specific groups use to generate their behavior and interpret their experience of the world. It includes but is not limited to:
Why does it matter?
- influences our expectation of what is appropriate and what isn't.
- is learned
- reflects the value of society
- frames our experiences
- provides us with patterns of behavior, thinking, feeling, and interacting.
Stereotyping & Bias
Important to recognize
Avoid initial judgments
Seek to understand
Be a cultural ambassador
Stereotypes of Americans
Dress too informally
Rude and impatient
No current affairs/politics/history
Compare everything to America
Only speak English
No attempts to adapt
Overcoming stereotypes abroad
Be proud, not confrontational
Respect and learn about culture
Avoid displays of wealth
Don't expect America abroad
Learn local phrases
If you do not have international medical insurance, please see our office TODAY or prior to your departure. (HTH Worldwide)
Take 2nd pair of glasses and/or extra contacts.
(a simple guide)
University of Colorado main web page
Before you go
Standard of Care
Clinics and Hospitals
Food & Water
(is also your resource for Security)
Click on city of choice
Embassies and Consulates
Dean of Students
Transfer credit (pass/fail)
Letter Grades (but will not count towards
Receive letter grade and
will effect GPA.
You must get a U.S. "C" or better to pass.
Grades are converted to U.S. scale
The role of your professors may be different, and there may be a greater focus on independent learning.
Both grading systems and study habits maybe be very different in your host country.
In European institutions, "distinction" and "high distinction" are common. You entire grade might depend on one or two exams.
Study resources maybe not be as widely available, but contact your Provider or Institution International Office if you are struggling abroad.