Study Abroad 101

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Agapy Pub., 2008 - Travel - 303 pages
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Completely revised (updated 1/2010), and nothing short of a masterpiece for the modern-day student, this book presents everything US college students need to know about Education Abroad, from before they select a program to after they return, through 101 easy-to-navigate sections. It is highly recommended for education abroad students, advisors, faculty, orientations, and courses. Of special note are the "Top Secrets" to make studying abroad an emerging, educational experience for the whole person.

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Contents

Introduction words of wisdom
9
Get a Grip on the Basics
11
Why should I study abroad?
13
What if Im not in college yet?
15
What kind of credit can I get?
20
How will it fit into my college degree?
23
Will study abroad delay graduation?
25
Do I need to know a foreign language?
26
What about income or sales taxes?
168
Can I travel without much money?
170
How should I plan my time?
172
Can my friends and relatives visit?
175
Live in another Country
177
What exactly is culture?
179
How will I adapt and adjust?
183
How do I recognize differences?
189

Isnt study abroad just for rich kids?
28
Can I get financial assistance?
30
What if it just costs too much?
41
When and for how long can I
42
Is study abroad safe?
43
Narrow down the Options
47
When should I get started?
49
What are my program options?
50
Where do I search for programs?
53
What if I have special circumstances? a Strong Religion
56
b Graduate Student
57
Partner andor Kids
60
Minority here or there
61
e Disability or Challenge
62
What about passport and visa?
95
What about my safety?
101
Do I need an International ID?
109
What and how should I pack?
116
How much money should I bring?
123
What should I do before takeoff?
134
Where do I get medical assistance?
140
What if I get robbed?
147
What about STDs and HIVAIDS?
148
Is sexual harassment a concern?
149
What if I run into legal problems?
152
How can I use my embassyconsulate?
153
Manage your Money and Life
155
How can I save money?
157
How should I access my money?
159
Where should I keep my money?
160
How can I protect my money?
161
Can I work while studying abroad?
164
What if I run out of money?
166
What about my classes?
193
What about housing?
195
How do I get around?
196
How about time and measurement?
200
What about food and drink?
204
What about bathrooms?
205
What about toi letries and laundry?
206
What about cell phones and Internet?
207
How does snail mail work?
211
What about markets and bargaining?
213
Get along with the Locals
218
What are the unspoken rules?
219
How should I handle stereotypes?
221
What about antiAmerican sentiment?
225
What about prejudice among locals?
227
What about unwanted attention?
228
What about gender issues?
229
How will we communicate?
232
Can I really learn the language?
234
What about my host family?
235
How do I meet people make friends?
237
What about friendship and dating?
239
What if I fall in love with a local?
242
What about alcohol and drugs?
244
Whats happening to me?
246
Top Secrets
249
What should I overcome?
251
What should I seek?
253
How can I learn the most?
254
Should I keep a journal or blog?
256
How can I connect with people?
259
What is there to gain?
261

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About the author (2008)

Wendy Williamson is the Director of Study Abroad at Eastern Illinois University and has helped thousands of students travel overseas. She holds a M.A. in Counselor Education: Administration of College Student Affairs and a B.A. in Communication and Culture. Wendy completed two assignments (four years) with the US Peace Corps on two different continents.

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