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Know Your Host Country
Know Your Own Country
Know Yourself and Your Surroundings
Log on to the US State Department website: http://travel.state.gov/travel/
for information on:
Worldwide Caution Public Announcements
Consular Information Sheets
Also check out The Center for Global Education’s Risk Factors and
Strategies to Reduce Risk:
The Center for Disease Control http://www.cdc.gov/travel/
Ohio University requires you to have insurance through HTH, which provides comprehensive medical coverage.
You can extend coverage beyond your program dates.
Call HTH collect from a landline for assistance.
While abroad, you are bound to:
(airport, train station, etc.)
Register online with the U.S. Embassy in your host country.
This will make it easier to contact you in case of an emergency.
All forms must be filled out and returned to your faculty director
or program coordinator.
Forms may vary depending on your program - study abroad,
exchange, affiliate, non-OU.
Paperwork required from all participants:
Participants on non-OU programs should also submit:
How you identify yourself may be different than how others identify you – especially while abroad.
Adapted from Diversity Issues in Study Abroad – Brown University
On the Surface
Obvious cultural differences: emotional load is low
Just Under the Surface
Unspoken cultural rules: emotional load is high
Unconscious cultural rules: emotional load most intense
Where to Start?
TAKE ONLY THE NECESSITIES!
MasterCard and Visa are most popular
American Express and Discover not accepted everywhere.
Check for the cirrus or star logosMoney Tips
Research the different types of public transportation in your host country:
Find out where, how and when
you can buy tickets
If you take a Taxi, make sure it
is officially licensed!
Can you use your cell phone abroad?
Check with your provider
Search online for information on prepaid cell phones and calling cards
Consider purchasing a cell phone in host country
The old fashioned option but in some places it may be the only one
Pay for internet access
If you have computer access:
Skype - Create an account. Buy a webcam and headset. Make free
calls to other Skype users
Instant messaging - MSN, Yahoo Messenger, icq
Various other FREE online phone services: eg www.freecall.com
You can also use Skype and your computer to make cheap calls to landlines
Used for the actual sockets you will plug into
Several types - region specific
Google “electricity around the world” to find the type that’s right for your country
Usually sold in multi-country packs
Order online or buy in stores like Radio Shack, Target, Walmart, or travel specialty stores
Ecuador is the same as the U.S.
Great Britain and Ireland
Check the voltage of your country before you go
Buy the correct converter in US
Consider what you will use the converter for – iron, hair dryer, etc.
Consider buying hairdryer in host country
Become an Office of Education Abroad FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT
Enter your pictures into the OEA photo contest
Pick up a flyer to find out how!
If you have any questions, feel free to ask today, or anytime by contacting the Office of Education Abroad in
185 Lindley Hall.
Additional flyers on health and safety available here.
Have a wonderful trip, be safe, and make wonderful memories!
PLEASE FILL OUT THE EVALUATION!