Beginning academic year 2011-12, all students studying away will be required to participate in a graduated modular training program that prepares both outgoing and returning students for high impact, transformative learning. The program will be offered at various times during the academic year by the Office of Global Education and taught by faculty and staff. Students will be informed of requirements of participation when they apply for a specific program and will be expected to fulfill requirements as a condition for acceptance and participation in the program.
The program will enable outgoing students to set learning goals and expectations in conversation with international and returning students. They will learn about essential dimensions of collegiate travel and study away such as financial aid, health promotion, immunizations, travel documents, communication with family and friends, responsible behavior, insurance coverage, urgent response and survival skills. Students will explore the complex dimensions of cultural identity and intercultural communication including cultural adjustment. Returning students will have opportunities for deep reflection and sharing with peers and faculty. This reflection will include assessment exercises to encourage self-understanding and to further academic and personal growth following study away.