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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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introduction
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
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!!
exchange vs non exchange
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
credit transfer
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
exchange sites
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
non exchange organizations
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
faculty led short term programs
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
past programs
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)
past programs10
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)
upcoming programs
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
requirements
Requirements
  • 2.5 GPA
  • At least sophomore year of study
  • Foreign language proficiency is not always required
  • An open mind!
questions to ask
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?
culture shock
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.
four stages of culture shock
Four Stages of Culture Shock
  • Initial Euphoria
  • Irritability and Hostility
  • Gradual Adjustment
  • Adaptation or Biculturalism
common causes
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
symptoms of culture shock
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)
how do i overcome culture shock
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
what can i do as a parent
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
important information
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.
for more information
For More Information
  • Contact Meri Linn Emerson, Study Abroad Coordinator
  • 740-826-8164 (on campus, ext. 4164)
  • [email protected]
  • http://www.muskingum.edu/home/international/studyabroad/index.html
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