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Pre-Departure Orientation . Introduction Logistics Safety Issues BREAK Health Issues - Insurance Cultural Awareness Packing. LOGISTICS. Passport and Visas http://travel.state.gov/passport_services.html Mail-in Service, Expedited Service, Walk-in Service

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Pre-Departure Orientation

Introduction

Logistics

Safety Issues

BREAK

Health Issues - Insurance

Cultural Awareness

Packing


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LOGISTICS

  • Passport and Visas

    • http://travel.state.gov/passport_services.html

    • Mail-in Service, Expedited Service, Walk-in Service

  • Tickets/Photos

  • Money Matters

    • Create a budget

    • Traveler’s Checks, Credit Cards, Currency, ATM & Check Cards

    • Don’t keep all your money in one place

  • Packing Tips -PACK LIGHT

    • Major Hassles (train stations, hotel stairwells etc.)

    • Airline Limitations


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AGENDA – PRE-DEPARTURE ORIENTATION MAY 9 Gateway Center Room 2509

Assuming the Risks for your own health, safety and well-being

9:00 INTRODUCTIONS

9:15 STA TRAVEL: Services that STA can provide

·Discounted Airfares for students

·Advantages of student tickets

·Eurail train passes in Europe, travel passes Australia

·International student identify cards

Benefits provided for $25! (I’ll send you the list)

·Assist with travel itineraries

·Travel Tips

·Tour Books

9:30

LOGISTICS CONT’D

  • Luggage

    • ID INSIDE & OUT (local and home)

    • Be able to carry all your belongings

  • Count luggage pieces each time you move

  • Packing

    • What’s the weather going to be like?

    • Don’t keep everything in one place

    • Keep essentials in carry-on bag

    • Make Copies of important documents

      • passport, travelers checks, credit cards, airline tickets

      • leave set with family at home


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The Basics Room 2509

Passport

ATM Card

Travelers checks

Address Book

Travel Insurance

Eyeglass prescription/supplies

Emergency Phone Numbers

Camera, film & batteries

Pictures from home

Clothes

Toiletries

Equipment

Backpack

Money belt/neck pouch

Travel combo-lock

Rain poncho

Electrical converter

First Aid Kit

Alarm Clock

Things to Share

Gift for host family

Pack Light!

PACKING 101


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TRAVEL TIPS Room 2509

  • Travel Guides

    • Lonely Planet www.lonelyplanet.com

    • Let’s Go www.letsgo.com

    • Berkeley Guides www.berkeleyguides.com

    • Rough Guide www.roughguides.com

  • Get a Journal

  • Comfortable Shoes

  • Calling Card

    • Global One – www.globalcalling.com/sdsu


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SAFETY AND SECURITY Room 2509

Types Of Risks

  • Minor incidents-pickpockets and scams

  • Natural Disasters

  • Civil Unrest

  • Terrorism Acts-within host country

  • Terrorism Acts-against Americans

  • Terrorism in America

  • Cancellation of Programs

  • What then?


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SAFETY Continued… Room 2509

  • Know before you go!

    • Inform yourself of local and university rules/laws (drugs/ plagiarism etc.)

    • Know what the US Embassy/Consulate can and cannot do for you

    • Realize your limitations based on new geography and language abilities

    • Be prepared to handle unsupportive attitudes: Political and Cultural differences

    • Avoid Political Demonstrations

    • Don’t dress like a Southern Californian!


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Keep yourself informed: Room 2509

State Dept. Alerts www.state/gov

Cautions

Advisory

Warning

SDSU does send out periodic notices via email to students and coordinators abroad but it is your responsibility to check our website at www.sdsu.edu/studyabroad

Read local papers and/or Int’l Herald Tribune

Listen to BBC or CNN

SAFETY


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BREAK-10 MINUTES Room 2509


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SDSU Paperwork Room 2509

  • Academic Approval Form

  • Contractual/Consortial Agreement

  • Liability Waiver

  • Medical Self-Assessment

  • Change of Address

  • Power of Attorney (optional)

  • Financial Aid Forms (FAFSA)

    Read the “SDSU Student Handbook for Study Abroad”


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HEALTH MATTERS Room 2509

  • Getting Healthy before you go

    • Be aware of health conditions in host country and surrounding locations

    • Review recommended vaccinations

    • Revisit services of SDSU Health Center

  • Get Healthy BEFORE you go

    • Medical Exam

    • Dental check-up/work

  • Stay healthy while in-country

    • Sufficient Sleep

    • Deal with stress by getting involved in outside activities

    • Eat/drink sensibly

  • SARS Update

    • Review Packet information

    • Review Centers for Disease Control website


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Travel related illnesses include: Room 2509

Diarrhea

Tetanus/Typhoid

Hepatitis A

-contaminated food/water

Parasitic Infections

Malaria

Yellow Fever

Dengue Fever

Keep the following in mind:

Make sure immunizations are up to date

Drink only boiled water, coffee, hot tea, canned or bottled carbonated water/soft-drinks, bear or wine

Wipe/wash cans and bottles before drinking

Avoid ice

Take care when eating fresh fruits/vegetables

Avoid salads

Avoid un-pasturized milk and cheeses

Stay away from street vendors

In Restaurants:

Look for busy restaurants

If in doubt—pass on by

Use guidebooks for recommendations

TRAVEL-RELATED ILLNESSES


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PRESCRIPTIONS & INJECTIONS Room 2509

  • Remember:

    • Consult with your doctor

    • Wear/Carry ID regarding any medical conditions

    • Carry a letter from physician describing medication and any treatment you may need

    • MEDICINES

      • Bring enough for trip

      • Bring copies of prescriptions, including generic names

      • Keep medicines in original containers

      • Bring an extra set of glasses AND eye prescription

    • Note Special health needs on medical history forms/host family questionnaires

    • Educate yourself about laws regarding importation of medicines


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HEALTH MATTERS continued… Room 2509

  • English-Speaking Medical Care Abroad

    • Program Director/On-site Coordinator

    • American-Embassy/Consulate/Hotels/Travel Agencies

  • AIDS - SAME CONDITIONS APPLY OVERSEAS!

  • Protect yourself from:

    • Unprotected Sex

    • In Developing Countries-Bring own supply of LATEX condoms

    • Be careful of unscreened blood – avoid transfusions, shots

    • Be aware of use of unsterile needles-including both drug and tattoos

    • Know your HIV status—Some countries deny entry for HIV+ people

  • Educate yourself

    • Log onto CDS website www.cdc.gov

    • Copy list of emergency numbers for help if you get into trouble


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INSURANCE Room 2509

Mandatory Medical Insurance

(must include: repatriation, medical evacuation benefits)

  • You must have Medical/Accident Insurance

    • You might need liability insurance

    • Understand what’s covered/required

    • Do you have to pre-pay costs, get reimbursed?

    • Carry or download reimbursement forms/information

    • KNOW HOW TO OBTAIN HELP ---know your policy

  • One of three types of Insurance are required:

    1) Purchase SDSU Insurance or

    2) Provide other insurance such as an HMO, PPO

    (Kaiser, Blue Cross, HealthNet, etc.) PLUS the purchase of

    the SDSU Repatriation/Medical Evacuation Insurance. The International Student ID Card is not acceptable

    3) Purchase required national government insurance PLUS the SDSU Repatriation/Med. Evac. Insurance


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CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT Room 2509

  • Initial Anxiety

  • Honeymoon

  • Culture Shock

  • Initial Acceptance

  • Mental Isolation

  • Acceptance

  • Reentry Shock

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Defining Culture Room 2509

Examples of different patterns of behavior

What does it mean to be an American?

Personal Space

In/interdependence

Use of Rules

What are host country values regarding…

Personal space?

Rules?

Professors?

Seniors?

Group vs. Individual?

Time?

CULTURAL AWARENESS


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CONTACT INFO Room 2509

  • Vikki Serrano- Travel/Study Programs

    (619) 594-5154 or [email protected]

  • Robert Carolin-International Student Center

    (619) 594-3440 or [email protected]

  • Angie Caruso-Financial Aid

    (619) 594-1632 or [email protected]

  • Debbie Hegmann-Disbursement

    (619) 594-1532 or [email protected]

  • Melissa Zimmerman-Cashier’s

    (619) 594-4469 or [email protected]

  • Schedule of Classes:

    http://www.sdsu.edu/cgi-bin/schedule/


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Bon Voyage! Room 2509

Buen Viaje!

Shchestlivogo Puti!

Kiotskete!

Gute Reise!


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