Resources

BOOKS:

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.

WEBSITES:

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

  1. Personal Explorations (Sec 1.1)
  2. Culture (Section 1.2 & 1.2.1)
  3. Concepts of Time (Sections 1.4.4 and 1.4.5)
  4. Perceptions of (North) Americans (Sections 1.5.2 & 1.5.3)
  5. Personal Space (Section 1.6.2)
  6. 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 AbroadThe 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.
  7. 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

What Statistics say about Study Abroad Students:

Take a look at UC Merced’s study abroad statistics!