Getting to know your host city: Practical considerations

When students (and faculty!) arrive to the study abroad host city for the first time, a bit of practical orientation is in order. Giving students the opportunity to explore and get to know the host city can keep them from getting lost on the way to class, direct their attention to parts of the city that are safe, and provide them with an overview of places they may want to revisit and explore in depth. Sometimes, hiring a tour guide to show students around the city is either impossible due t...
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Cell Phones Abroad

In today's modern world the use of a cell phone is essential, especially when traveling abroad. It can be difficult to navigate and understand cell phone use and coverage abroad and it is at the very least a safety promotion to always have a working cell phone. Thus, Scott Ozaroski of DePaul University reached out to his colleagues to collect information and tips about the best way to handle the use of cell phones. Below are responses that could be helpful if you or faculty at your instituti...
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Re-entry: Four tips for helping students cope

While adjusting to life abroad may be rough, coming home is often even harder for many students, especially after a life-changing study abroad experience. Here are four strategies that I have used to help students prepare for the difficulties of returning home. 1. Talk about it. This strategy may seem obvious, but is often ignored. Plenty of talk goes into preparing students to go abroad both officially at pre-departure orientation and unofficially as friends and family share in students'...
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Pre-Departure Orientation: A Faculty Led Essential

Pre-Departure Orientation is arguably one of the most important, yet often overlooked or glazed over aspects of a faculty led abroad program. It is essential not only for the students, but for the benefit of the leaders. It is a time to set the tone for the program, lay out expectations, procedures and for faculty leaders to get organized and address any concerns or questions. Where to start? Plan ahead!  Coordinate with your study abroad office on dates and times for meetings with ...
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