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Muskingum College Study Abroad. The World Awaits. Introduction. Muskingum offers many study abroad opportunities in a variety of countries Exchange vs. non-exchange programs Faculty-led programs Semester, year, and summer programs. Why Study Abroad?. Opportunity to travel

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  • Muskingum offers many study abroad opportunities in a variety of countries

  • Exchange vs. non-exchange programs

  • Faculty-led programs

  • Semester, year, and summer programs

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Why Study Abroad?

  • Opportunity to travel

  • Opportunity to take courses not offered at Muskingum

  • Career advancement – looks great on a resume

  • Opportunity to experience another culture or learn another language

  • Make new friends

  • College is the best time to study abroad

  • It’s fun!!

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Exchange vs. Non-exchange

  • Exchange Programs

    • 18 programs

    • Financial aid and scholarships apply

    • Tuition is paid to Muskingum

    • Room, board, and incidentals, including insurance, are paid to the host institution

  • Non-exchange Programs

    • A wide variety of programs approved through Study Abroad Office

    • Students pay all fees to host institution

    • For most programs, students can use federal and state aid, plus alternative loans if necessary

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Credit Transfer

  • All credits transfer (with grade of “C” or better on an American scale)

    • Major requirements

    • Minor requirements

    • LAE requirements

    • Elective requirements

  • Student/administrator collaboration to ensure proper transfer of credits for approved programs

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Exchange Sites

  • Argentina Universidad Blas Pascal

  • Canada Université du Quebéc, University of Prince Edward Island, University of Lethbridge, University of Saskatchewan

  • China Lanzhou University

  • France Université du Sud Toulon-Var

  • Germany Fachhochschule Deggendorf, Universität Passau

  • Greece American College of Thessaloniki

  • Japan Kansai Gaidai University

  • Mexico ITESM, Universidad Iberoamericana

  • New Zealand Auckland University of Technology

  • Puerto Rico Universidad Interamericana de San Germán

  • South Korea Yonsei University

  • Spain Universidad de Castilla – La Mancha

  • Sweden Karlstad University

  • Global Student Teaching Worldwide

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Non-exchange Organizations

  • Some currently approved non-exchange organizations

    • Across the Pond

    • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)

    • AustraLearn

    • Butler University

    • German Courses Passau

    • International Summer University, Lüneburg, Germany

    • International Summer University, Nice, France

    • University of Virginia Hispanic Studies

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Faculty-led Short Term Programs

  • Short-term travel (1-3 weeks), usually during breaks

  • Added comfort of being accompanied by experienced faculty leaders

  • Excellent for students who want an international experience but don’t want to commit to a semester or year-long program

  • Receive between 3 and 9 credits plus fulfill Communicating in the World LAE

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Past Programs

  • 2007

    • Ireland(MODL 200: Cross-Cultural Communication; MODL 360: Topics in Ancient Ireland)

    • Paris and London(FREN 360: France and the Global Fashion Industry; ECON 411: Economics of the Arts)

  • 2006

    • Italy(EDUC 311: Study in Italy)

    • Puerto Rico(ENGL 385: Readings in Latin American Literature; HIST 351: Latin American History since 1810)

    • China(ENGL 385: Readings in Chinese Literature; ART 141: Photography, ART 151: Introduction to Art)

    • New York City/Bahamas(BUSI 411: Travel and Tourism; POLS 380: Off-Campus Study)

    • France(BUSI 412: International Business; FREN 325: French Civilization)

    • Bahamas(GEOL 110: Environmental Geology; GEOL 395: Marine Environment; PE 423: Camping and Recreation)

    • London (ECON 411: Economics of the Arts; THEA 352: World Theatre History)

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Past Programs

  • 2005

    • Bimini(GEOL 345: Marine Environment)

    • Greece(GEOG 111: World Regional Geography; BUSI 411: Topics: Commerce and Culture; BUSI 412: International Business)

    • Italy(MUSC 303: Topics: Italian Art and Music; SPCO 395: Topics: Italian/American Culture)

  • 2004

    • France (FREN 325: French Civilization; ECON 411: Economics in the Arts)

    • China (ART 112: Drawing; ART 212: Drawing II; ART 312: Drawing III; ART 451: Art History III; ART 493: Creative Problems; MODL 200: Cross-Cultural Communications; MODL 300: Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

    • Puerto Rico (HIST 351: Modern Latin America; SPAN 360: Topics in Hispanic Language & Culture)

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Upcoming Programs

  • Mexico’s Gulf of Campeche

    • May 17-27, 2007

    • SPAN 360: Mexican Culture & Identity (3)

    • SPAN 251: La Mesa de Español (1)

    • Mexico City, Puebla, Planeque, Campeche, Merida, Cancun

  • US Gulf Coast Security, Travel, and Tourism

    • June 9-24, 2007

    • BUSI 411: Gulf Coast Security, Travel, and Tourism (3)

    • POLS 380: Topics: Gulf Coast Security (3)

    • New Orleans, LA; Houston, TX; Cozumel, Progreso, Costa Maya, Mexico; Roatan Honduras, Honduras

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Upcoming Programs

  • Cross-Cultural Learning: Study Abroad in China

    • June 10-28, 2007

    • ART 141: Photography; ART 151: Introduction to Art (3)

    • GEOG 310: Introduction to GIS (3)

    • POLS 380: Topics: China (3)

    • Forbidden City, Great Wall, Olympic Village, Tinanamen Square, Silk Road

  • Best of Italy

    • Spring Break 2008 (March 1-8, 2008)

    • BUSI 412: International Business (3)

    • ECON 411: Economic Geography (3)

    • FREN 360/ECON 411: Topics: The Global Wine Industry (3)

    • IDIS 150: Arts and Humanities (3)

    • Rome, Florence, Assisi, Venice, Milan

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  • 2.5 GPA

  • At least sophomore year of study

  • Foreign language proficiency is not always required

  • An open mind!

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Questions to Ask

  • How long do I want to study abroad?

  • What are the costs involved?

  • How will I finance my study abroad?

  • How will studying abroad fit into my major?

  • What institution/country is best suited to me?

  • What do I want to gain from my experience?

  • How will I use this experience in the future?

  • How much do I know about the host country?

  • How open-minded and adaptable am I?

  • How do I know what courses to take?

  • Can I deal with culture shock?

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Culture Shock

  • A term used to describe the more pronounced psychological disorientation most people experience when they are immersed in another culture for more than a four month period.

  • It does not result from an event or a series of events. Instead, it results from the difference between the way you perceive things and the way things are perceived in your host culture.

  • If you learn ways to deal with culture shock, it will eventually get easier.

  • Culture shock is a “growing pain.” It can be one of the toughest experiences you will ever love.

  • Oftentimes, the more intense the culture shock, the more you will gain from your experience.

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Four Stages of Culture Shock

  • Initial Euphoria

  • Irritability and Hostility

  • Gradual Adjustment

  • Adaptation or Biculturalism

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Common Causes

  • The ambiguity of a particular situation

  • The actual situation not matching preconceived ideas of what it would be like

  • Unrealistic goals

  • Not being able to see results

  • Using wrong methods to achieve objectives

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Symptoms of Culture Shock

  • Homesickness

  • Boredom

  • Withdrawal

  • Need for excessive amounts of sleep

  • Compulsive eating or drinking

  • Irritability

  • Exaggerated cleanliness

  • Stereotyping of host nationals

  • Hostility toward host nationals

  • Unexplainable fits of weeping

  • Physical ailments (psychosomatic illness)

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How do I Overcome Culture Shock?

  • Tolerance for ambiguity

  • Low goal/task orientation

  • Open-mindedness

  • Ability to suspend judgment

  • Empathy

  • Communicativeness

  • Flexibility; adaptability

  • Curiosity

  • Sense of humor

  • Warmth in human relationships

  • Motivation

  • Self-reliance

  • Strong sense of self

  • Tolerance for differences

  • Perceptiveness

  • Ability to fail

  • Time

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What can I do as a Parent?

  • Be supportive

  • Allow the student to make his/her own decisions

  • Don’t be too quick to suggest returning home

  • Contact Study Abroad Coordinator for guidance

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Important Information

  • Plan early

  • Visit with Study Abroad Coordinator for detailed information on locations and curriculum

  • Get passports early!

  • Get to know the host country beforehand

  • Experiment with the language

  • Be prepared for a life-changing experience . . . In a good way!

  • Be patient, understanding, and adaptive . . . Cultural differences aren’t a bad thing.

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For More Information

  • Contact Meri Linn Emerson, Study Abroad Coordinator

  • 740-826-8164 (on campus, ext. 4164)

  • [email protected]