Survival Kit for Overseas Living by Robert Kohls
You can find this book at most bookstores. Try finding books online too. You can find used inexpensive copies.
What”s Up with Culture? http://www.pacific.edu/sis/culture
This website is an on-line cultural training resource for study abroad. Feel free to explore this site. It contains numerous interactive self-evaluation exercises to assist in your self-reflection.
Pay special attention to the following sections on this website:
Module 1: What to Know Before You Go
- Personal Explorations (Sec 1.1)
- Culture (Section 1.2 & 1.2.1)
- Concepts of Time (Sections 1.4.4 and 1.4.5)
- Perceptions of (North) Americans (Sections 1.5.2 & 1.5.3)
- Personal Space (Section 1.6.2)
- Communication Differences (Section 1.6.3) Study Abroad Student Handbook: This guide provides valuable information to guide you from the time you think of studying abroad until you return home: http://www.studentsabroad.com. Students Abroad -US Department of State: Gives information on before you go, when you’re abroad, and learning about your destination: Students Abroad. The IIEPassport Student Guide: This site is based on frequently asked questions on studying abroad, everything from staying healthy to managing money and creating a budget: Student Guide.
- Find out about countries. Learn as much as you can before you go:U.S. State Department Advice for Studying Abroad http://travel.state.gov/travel/living/studying/studying_1238.html U.S. State Department – learn about your destination:http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1765.htmlCIA World Factbook: World Fact book