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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
Pre-Departure Orientation

Introduction

Logistics

Safety Issues

BREAK

Health Issues - Insurance

Cultural Awareness

Packing

logistics
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
logistics cont d

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
packing 101
The Basics

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
travel tips
TRAVEL TIPS
  • 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
safety and security
SAFETY AND SECURITY

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?
safety continued
SAFETY Continued…
  • 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!
safety
Keep yourself informed:

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
sdsu paperwork
SDSU Paperwork
  • 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”

health matters
HEALTH MATTERS
  • 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
travel related illnesses
Travel related illnesses include:

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
prescriptions injections
PRESCRIPTIONS & INJECTIONS
  • 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
health matters continued
HEALTH MATTERS continued…
  • 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
insurance
INSURANCE

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

cultural adjustment
CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT
  • Initial Anxiety
  • Honeymoon
  • Culture Shock
  • Initial Acceptance
  • Mental Isolation
  • Acceptance
  • Reentry Shock

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cultural awareness
Defining Culture

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
contact info
CONTACT INFO
  • Vikki Serrano- Travel/Study Programs

(619) 594-5154 or travel.program@sdsu.edu

  • Robert Carolin-International Student Center

(619) 594-3440 or rcarolin@mail.sdsu.edu

  • Angie Caruso-Financial Aid

(619) 594-1632 or angie.caruso@sdsu.edu

  • Debbie Hegmann-Disbursement

(619) 594-1532 or dhegmann@mail.sdsu.edu

  • Melissa Zimmerman-Cashier’s

(619) 594-4469 or mwoelm@mail.sdsu.edu

  • Schedule of Classes:

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

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Bon Voyage!

Buen Viaje!

Shchestlivogo Puti!

Kiotskete!

Gute Reise!