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  1. Intro to Course 1: Before You Leave
    1. Create Info Log and Plan for Interaction
      • What We Hope You will Gain from this Course
      • Create Your Info Log
      • Assumptions vs. Realities Abroad
      • Update Your Profile
      • Explore Options for Interaction
    2. Top Ten Reasons for Studying Abroad
      • Why Study Abroad?
      • Hear Why These Students Studied Abroad
      • More Reasons to Study Abroad
      • Determine Your Top Ten Reasons
      • Learn About Your Heritage
    3. Sort Out Your Expectations
      • Experiences vs. Expectations
      • Recognize Your Feelings
    4. Diversity in Study Abroad
      • Listen to Why Students from All Backgrounds should Participate
      • All Students can Study Abroad: Special Issues
      • How to Deal with Special Challenges Overseas
      • One Biracial Student's Experience with Fitting In Abroad
    5. Funding Your Study Abroad Program
      • Start Saving Now
      • Link to Useful Resources for Financing Study Abroad
      • Research Funding Opportunities
      • Don't Rule Out Studying Abroad Due to Finances!
    6. Your Feelings about Studying Abroad
      • Prepare Your Thoughts for Discussion
      • It's Natural to Have Concerns
      • Some Studentsí Expectations
      • Tips on Preparing Yourself Mentally

  2. Logistical Issues I
    1. Find the Right Program
      • Begin Program Search
      • Discuss Frequently Asked Questions with Your Family
      • Find the Right Program
    2. Ask the Right Questions
      • Consider these Important Factors when Searching for Your Program
      • Asking the Right Questions
      • Develop Your Own Criteria
    3. Study Abroad Search List
      • Review Your List of Criteria
      • Review Your List of Programs
    4. Academic Credit
      • Find Out about Academic Credit for Study Abroad
    5. Required Documents
      • Read Information about Your Passport, Visa, and Travel Tickets
      • Research Your Host Country's Document Requirements
    6. Money Management
      • Manage Your Money while Abroad
      • Hear how these Students Overcame Their Funding Challenges
      • Research Currency Issues in Your Host Country
      • Get a Perspective on One Student's Plan for Saving for Study Abroad
      • Projected Spending
    7. Communication While Abroad
      • Explore Your Options for Communication from Abroad
      • Importance of Cell Phones
      • Setting a Communication Plan

  3. Cultural Adjustment Tools and Issues
    1. Learn about Culture
      • The Importance of Learning about Your Host Country's Culture
      • Read about Culture: The Hidden Dimension
      • Iceberg Exercise
      • Iceberg Discussion
      • Reflect on Your Identities
    2. Stages of Adjustment
      • Learn about Stages of Adjustment
      • Take the Stages of Adjustment Quiz
    3. Culture Shock
      • Learn about One Student's Experience with Culture Shock
      • Read about Culture Shock
      • Take the Culture Shock Quiz
      • Hear More Stories about Culture Shock
      • Your Prescription for Culture Shock
    4. Discover American Values
      • Discover American Values
      • American Values
      • Take the American Values Quiz
    5. Gender Issues
      • Understand Gender as Part of Cultural Adaptation
    6. Generalizations vs Stereotypes
      • Sample Stereotypes
      • Learn the Difference between Generalizations and Stereotypes
      • Take the Generalizations vs. Stereotypes Quiz
      • Find Out how One Student Felt as an American Abroad
    7. Your Communication Style
      • Message in the Bottle: There is a Simpler Way to Communicate
      • Read about Culture and Communication Styles
    8. Cultural Differences
      • Hear One Example of a Cultural Difference
      • Learn about Intercultural Sensitivity and Assess Your Level
      • Learn how to Interpret Cultural Interactions
      • Evaluate a Cultural Incident Using what You have Learned
    9. Cultural Adaptation Strategies
      • Take the Culture-Learning Strategies Inventory
      • Hear why it is Important to Learn about Your Host Country's Culture

  4. Country Specific Culture
    1. Learn from Others
      • Learn from Cultural Encounters
      • Choose an Encounter
      • Learn about how Cultural Differences can Influence the Overseas Classroom
    2. Accounts of Culture Shock
      • Gather Information about Culture Shock in Your Host Country
    3. Nonverbal Communication Abroad
      • Learn about One Student's Experience with Nonverbal Communication!
      • Read about Nonverbal Communication
      • Research Nonverbal Communication
      • Take the Nonverbals Quiz
      • Remember Your Actions Speak Louder than Your Words!
    4. Politeness and Etiquette
      • Proper Etiquette Practices Differ from One Country to Another
      • Research Politeness and Etiquette in Your Host Country
    5. Discrimination Overseas
      • Learn about Discrimination and Stereotypes You may Encounter
      • Research how YOU may be Stereotyped
      • Prepare for the Challenges of Diversity
      • Hear One Student's Concerns about Discrimination in Her Host Country
      • Hear Another Studentís Opinion on Racism
    6. Culture Report
      • Prepare Your Culture Report

  5. Language Learning - General Information
    1. Why You should Learn a Language
      • Learn the Importance of Familiarizing Yourself with the Language
      • See the Importance of Learning Another Language
      • Discover Reasons to Learn a Language
    2. Tips on Studying Language
      • Read about Language Use and Study Tips
      • See how Practice and Persistence are Key
    3. Resources for Learning
      • Get Resources for Language Learning
      • Learning Strategies for Students with Disabilities
    4. English around the World
      • Learn About English Around the world

  6. Target Language Learning - Specific Skills
    1. Improving Your Listening Skills
      • Read the Article on How to Become a Better Listener
      • Listen to the Radio in Your Target Language
    2. Read in Your Target Language
      • Learn about Reading in a Foreign Language
      • Practice what You have Learned
    3. Practice your Speaking Skills
      • Learning at least Some Words in Your Host Country's Language is a Must!
      • Select a Speaking Activity
    4. Interacting with the Locals Abroad
      • Develop Your Plan For Interaction

  7. Intro to Global Issues
    1. Respond to Stereotypes about the U.S.
      • Learn how One Student Experienced being Stereotyped as an American
      • Learn how You, the U.S. Citizen, may be Viewed Abroad
      • Hear from One Student who does not Fit the "Wealthy American" Stereotype
    2. USA Knowledge
      • Test your Knowledge about the U.S.
      • Expand Your Knowledge
      • Get Informed about U.S. Issues
      • Hear the Importance of the Courses You Take Abroad
    3. The Influence of Geography
      • Think about the Influence of Geography on Culture
      • Learn about a Case Study: The Dominican Republic
      • Consider how Geography Affects You
    4. Globalization and its Impact
      • Globalization Defined
      • Learn about a Globalization Issue in Depth
      • Consider Some Current Issues in the Context of Globalization
      • Determine how You Feel about Globalization
      • The Importance of Being Global
    5. Multinational Organizations
      • Test Your Knowledge
      • Increase Your Knowledge
      • Read about the United Nations and the Millennium Project
      • Learn about Other Multinational Organizations

  8. Learning about Your Host Country
    1. Geography
      • Do Not be Hesitant to Pick Up a Map!
      • Research Your Host Country's Geography
    2. Social Facts
      • Learn the Importance of Knowing the Local Customs
      • Research Your Host Country's Social Facts
    3. Political Facts
      • Research Your Host Country's Political Facts
    4. Economic Facts
      • Research Your Host Country's Economic Facts
    5. Sports, Music, and Entertainment
      • Research Your Host Country's Sports, Music, and Entertainment
      • Hear the Importance of Researching Things to See and Do There
    6. Examine your Host Country In-Depth
      • Research Your Host Country In Depth
      • Do Your Homework and Research Your Host Country's History

  9. Logistical Issues II: Health And Safety
    1. Best Practices for Health and Safety
      • Review Your Program's Health and Safety Practices
      • Do Your Part to Stay Healthy and Safe
      • Review the Top Ten Tips
      • Share with Your Parents, Guardians, and Significant Others
      • Safety Tips
    2. Your Plan to Stay Healthy Abroad
      • Read about Staying Healthy while Abroad
      • Research Questions about Your Health Abroad
      • Get Insurance
      • Supplemental Insurance
      • Special Health Issues
    3. Unsafe Activities Abroad
      • Know the Risk Involved in Your Activities Abroad
      • Learn the Value of Acting like a Local
      • Who Can You Trust? Remember that Even Common Activities can be Unsafe
      • What Kind of Impression Do You Want to Make?
    4. Learn about Road Safety
      • Know Your Resources for Road Safety
      • See what Types of Transportation are Best to Avoid!
      • Cycling Precautions
      • Watch what One Student Wishes He knew before Studying Abroad
    5. Avoid Crime Abroad
      • Learn about Avoiding Crime
      • Top Ten Ways to Not Become a Victim of Crime around the World
      • Encountering Crime
    6. Avoiding Legal Trouble Abroad
      • Research Legal Issues in Your Host Country
      • Hear how U.S. Laws do Not Apply Overseas!
    7. Drug Issues Abroad
      • Research Drug Issues in Your Host Country
      • Consider Your Mental Health and Medications
    8. Alcohol Issues Abroad
      • Expectations of Alcohol
      • Consequences of Alcohol
      • The Buddy System and Your Safety
      • Appreciating the Culture of Alcohol
      • Advice on Alcohol
    9. Be Prepared for Emergencies
      • Read about Crisis Management
      • Read about Crises Abroad
      • Student Experiencing Full-Scale Protests in Egypt
      • Complete Your Emergency Card and Personal Emergency Action Plan
      • Research Crisis Information on Your Host Country

  10. Planning for the Return Home
    1. Keeping Memories
      • Capture the Memories and Keep in Touch
      • How will You Keep in Touch and Record your Memories?
    2. Before You Return
      • Get Re-Entry Tips Before You Go
      • Create Your Resume
      • Incorporate International in Your Degree Plan and Future
    3. Saying Goodbye
      • Find Out about the Importance of a Proper Goodbye
    4. Learn from Others
      • Connect with Alumni of Your Program
      • Evaluate Course 1