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WELCOME!                                                   1

INTRODUCTION                                               2

STAYING IN CONTACT                                         3

CHECKLIST                                                  4

ACADEMICS                                                  5

PRE-DEPARTURE PLANNING                                     6

CONDUCT AND SAFETY                                         8

WHAT TO BRING                   13


HEALTH ISSUES                   18

MONEY MATTERS                   20


SUGGESTED WEBSITES              25

APPENDICES                      27

DEAR STUDENT | Welcome to Marist International Programs (MIP). Your success as
on a short-term program will depend upon how well you have prepared yourself for the
experience. We look forward to assisting you with a number of matters that have to be
taken care of prior to your departure during orientation for your program.

This handbook covers a wide range of information necessary for the next important steps
you must take as you prepare for your short-term program. Please read all of the enclosed
carefully. Keep this information and bring it with you to your program site.

Please feel free to call us at (845) 575-3330, or if you are on campus stop by our office on
the third floor of the library in Suite 334 for any questions or concerns.


John Peters                              Carol Toufali                   Jerre Thornton
Dean, International Programs             Coordinator                     Coordinator

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Congratulations on being selected to participate in a Marist College short-term program.
You are about to embark upon an amazing experience and incredible opportunity!

One of the best ways to prepare for your program is to learn as much as possible about
your host country prior to your departure. This handbook is one tool that will help you
prepare for your winter intersession, spring break or attachment program. Other resources
can be found online or through travel guides and books, or speaking with past short-term
participants, or with the short-term program coordinator.

Changes to your program may occur before your departure or while you are abroad. Your
flexibility and willingness to adjust to these changes as they occur will help you to have
the best study abroad experience possible.

Read this handbook carefully! You are responsible for the information covered in this
handbook. Remember to take this handbook with you. You may need to refer to it to
help answer questions while you are abroad.



staying in contact

                                    MIP MAINLINE - 845.575.3330 (8:00 am - 5:00 pm)

                                    MIP STAFF
                                         John Peters - Dean, International Programs
                                         Carol Toufali - Coordinator
                                         Jerre Thornton - Coordinator
                                         Elizabeth Mulligan - Office Assistant

                                    MARIST OFFICE OF SAFETY AND SECURITY - 845.471.1822
                                    (after hours)

                                    For emergencies after hours, call the Marist Office of
                                    Safety and Security. Explain to the officer that there is an
                                    emergency involving a Marist student abroad. Security will
                                    help you identify the individual from Marist International
                                    Programs who can assist you.


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†   Copy down all names, phone numbers, postal and
    e-mail addresses of people with whom you might
    need to have contact while abroad.
†   Verify with your bank that your checking account
    ATM card will work overseas, and have them tag your
    account so that overseas charges won’t be seen as
†   Leave bank deposit slips with your parents, if they
    will be “feeding” your account while you are abroad.
†   Take care of college financial issues. Consider having
    a medical exam/physical and bring your vaccinations
    up to date. Get a dental check-up. Have wisdom
    teeth extracted, if necessary.
†   Need an eye check? If you wear contact lenses, bring
    supplies. Also bring eyeglasses in case you can’t wear

                                                                                             What you need to do before you go abroad and
    your lenses. Bring a copy of your prescription in case
    you need to replace lost/broken glasses/lenses.
†   Bring an adequate supply of prescription medication
    (in pharmacy-labeled container) to last your entire

                                                                                             what you need to do while you are abroad.
    stay abroad.
†   Know what items are permitted and prohibited for air
†   If you are not a US citizen, consult with the
    international student advisor to make sure your
    immigration documents are in order.
†   Leave a copy of your passport, credit/ATM cards with
    your parent(s).
†   Bring a copy of your birth certificate with you.
†   It’s a good idea for parents of students going abroad
    to obtain and maintain a valid passport, in case of
    emergency requiring them to travel.
†   Should you get an International Student ID Card
†   Register your travel with the US Department of State:


†   Follow the program director’s instructions at all
†   Never leave your hotel door propped open while you
    are in the room or away from the room. Remember
    that this is not your dorm room.
†   No late night parties.
†   Keep noise down.
†   Keep a journal of your experiences, travels, friends,
    contacts, addresses, etc.
†   Take lots of photos!!!
†   Start a blog -- your family will love it.



CONFIRM YOUR ACADEMIC GOALS | While it may seem like you’re on vacation, remember that
your short-term program is an academic experience and that you are going to receive a grade upon
it’s completion.

KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT | As with any course at Marist, read the course syllabus and ask questions
about the academics for your program. Many program directors will expect a pre-departure paper,
a journal while you are abroad, and a post-departure paper upon your return. You may also have a
group presentation.

Complete all assignments on time and read all required texts.

Remember for Spring attachment programs that your grades will be posted once you have completed
all assignments, generally 2 weeks after your return.

Short-term programs cannot be taken pass/fail.

WINTER INTERSESSION | Winter Intersession programs are self-contained programs and are generally
2-weeks in length.

SPRING BREAK AND ATTACHMENT PROGRAMS | Spring break and attachment programs will meet
regularly during the spring semester, generally following a modified class schedule. It is important
that you work with the program director if your short-term program conflicts with another course
you are enrolled in. Remember that is it your responsibility to complete all work.

FINAL WORDS | As with any course you take at Marist College, keep copies of papers and other
assignments in case there is any questions that an assignment was completed.

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pre-departure planning
You will get the most out of your time abroad if you find out as much as you can about your host
country and culture, and if you anticipate questions and situations which may arise before you leave.
Sources of information could be returnees, Web sites, tourist and travel organizations, native faculty
or students, friends, and relatives.

Questions often posed by prospective study abroad students follow. You’ll find many of the answers in
this Handbook, and at the websites listed at the end of this book. Some questions are best answered
by students who have returned from your program host country, and the Marist Abroad Coordinator
can put you in touch with returnees. Some students prefer not to do a lot of research and enjoy
unexpected discoveries on site – sort of like jumping into cold water! Regardless of the amount of
research you do, and the answers you find, returned students say, “Expect the unexpected!” However
you approach preparing to go abroad, ENJOY the adventure!

PREPARATORY QUESTIONS | What am I looking for in a study abroad experience? Have I made
a list of my goals? What are my hidden (or unspoken) expectations? What cultural experiences am
I looking for during my time abroad? How will this experience impact my career objectives? How
familiar am I with my own cultural heritage? Can I answer questions about my hometown, state,
country, US culture, customs, and politics?

TRAVEL AND ARRIVAL QUESTIONS | How do I get a passport? What can I do to avoid having my
passport stolen? If my passport is stolen, do I know where to get a new one? Did I photocopy my
passport and other important documents?

What is a visa? Will I be going to countries which require a visa? If so, do I know the procedures for
obtaining a visa and how long it will take to get one?

Do I know weight and size limits for luggage on planes? Can I carry all of my luggage for plane and
train connections and to my accommodation alone? What do I really need to bring?

Do I know the currency exchange rate of the country(s) I will be travelling to? Do I know how and
where to obtain that country’s currency? Am I familiar with the bills and coins? Should I bring a
pocket calculator?

What is the value to me of an International Student ID card? What other discounts are available to

SITE QUESTIONS | What is the climate like where I will be? Do I have the appropriate clothes for
the climate? Am I bringing too many clothes? What laundry service is available?

If needed, what are the banking hours? Is there an ATM nearby? How long will it take to transfer
money or to cash a check drawn on a US account? Do I have an ATM card? Will it work overseas?
Can I access my savings account at an overseas ATM? Can my parents access my account for deposits
or withdrawals on my behalf?

Do I know the long distance and overseas access codes? Will I be able to call home on arrival?


What are the normal expectations regarding the use of hot water, heating and power consumption?
What about voltage? Plug size?

What should I do before I leave? Have I read as much as possible about the country or countries in
which I will be traveling or studying? Have I been reading magazines or newspapers to become more
familiar with world news and events? Do I know what’s going on the U.S. as well? Am I prepared to
discuss world events with new acquaintances?

What, if any, diseases are prevalent in my host country? Have I checked into this? What inoculations,
if any, will I need to get before I leave? What medications should I carry?

What is included in the program costs and benefits? How much extra money should I take? Have I
planned for such additional costs as meals and personal expenses (i.e., souvenirs, etc.)?

If I need medical assistance while abroad, do I know what to do? If I am sick or have an accident,
what do I do? Do I have the international cell number for my program director? Have I discussed
my medical insurance with my family? What coverage does HTH Worldwide provide? Are their
exclusions for pre-existing conditions?

Do I have any prescription drugs that I need to take with me? How about glasses? Contact lenses
and supplies? Prescriptions in case of lost glasses, contacts? Have I had a physical lately? Have I
asked my doctor about any special vaccinations I should have before going abroad? When was my
last dental checkup/cleaning? Are my wisdom teeth OK, or are they going to give me a problem
while I’m travelling?

Are traveler’s checks a good idea for me? Do I know where to get them cashed in my host country?
Do I know what to do if they are stolen? Do I have a credit card in case of emergencies? Do I know
about the different ways to have money sent to me in case I run out of funds?

Do my family and friends know how to reach me while I’m abroad or travelling? Have I updated my
address book so I can reach them?

Do I really need all the items I plan to bring?

Do I have a journal or notebook in which to keep a written record of my experiences?

Am I aware of the penalties if I am caught with illegal drugs or in the company of drug users while
overseas? What are the laws of the country/countries I am traveling to?
*Questions drawn in part from an article by Mary Elizabeth Debicki in Transitions Abroad , International
Resource Guide No. 5. (The MIP Office has a subscription to Transitions Abroad magazine – past
issues are in the resource room.)

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conduct and safety
You will soon be entering a culture which is probably foreign to you. Please read through the following
sections carefully; they are not meant to frighten you, but rather to inform you of issues about which
you should be aware upon arrival at your new setting. This advice is applicable no matter where
you are in the world.

STUDENT CONDUCT | Marist College seeks to provide all members of the Marist community
with an environment conducive to learning. Your application to participate in MIP indicates a free
choice to become part of an academic community, to participate in its programs, and to accept the
responsibilities of membership therein. The College’s acceptance of the student in turn represents
the extension of the privileges of community membership to the individual and the right to remain
a part of it so long as the student meets the academic, financial and behavioral expectations of the
community. By enrolling in or attending a course or program of study sponsored by the College,
all persons are deemed to have agreed to respect the rights of the College and its members, and
to be held accountable for all regulations and procedures as presented in “Student Rights and
Responsibilities,” published by the Marist College Office of Student Affairs, to the normal expectation
of ethics, conduct and good citizenship. Marist College reserves the right to suspend or dismiss
any student for failure to maintain a satisfactory academic record, acceptable personal behavior, or
satisfactory standards of health.

While overseas, you are not only subject to the Marist College standards of conduct and disciplinary
sanctions, but also to the local laws and sanctions of the particular country and institution in which
you are studying. In many countries the punishment for possession and/or distribution of controlled
substances and for driving while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances is much
more severe than in the U.S. You should be aware that if you are arrested for a crime overseas,
there is little Marist College or the local U.S. Consular authorities can do to intercede on your behalf.
Rarely have there been students in violation of Marist College’s standards of conduct. On the whole,
students who choose to study abroad exhibit a greater degree of maturity and responsibility than
many of their peers.

Marist International Programs office also has the authority to establish rules of conduct necessary
for the operation of the program and to reserve the right to require a student to withdraw from the
program. In such instances, the student will be entitled to the same due process established on the
Marist College campus.

GENERAL SAFETY IN PUBLIC PLACES | Many people’s impressions of Americans come from what
they see on American television shows. Americans are seen as wealthy, particularly in developing
countries, and in many locations you may be more well-off than the local population. Americans are
also easily noticed. We dress differently, we speak loudly in groups, we carry backpacks, we wear
athletic shoes and caps, and our American accent is unmistakable.

By following the suggestions below, you can minimize your exposure to unsafe situations:

…    US citizens are encouraged to register with the US Consulate while abroad. Registration can be
     done online and is the easiest way to share information about your trip with consulates abroad.
…    US Consulate addresses and phone numbers for your host country are easily found online.
…    The US Consulate will notify registered US citizens if a situation arises which poses a threat for
     local Americans.


…   Do not leave your bags or belongings unattended at any time. Security staff in airports or train
    stations are instructed to remove or destroy any unattended luggage. Do not agree to carry or
    look after packages or suitcases for anyone. Make sure no one puts anything in your luggage.
…   When you travel use a waist or neck pouch to carry your passport, credit cards and travelers
    checks. Wear the pouch under your clothes. Keep a separate record of your traveler’s checks
    in another part of your belongings so that you will have a record if the checks are lost or stolen.
    Do not carry more cash than you are prepared to lose.
…   Do not carry your passport unless you are travelling, or advised to do so by the program director.
    Carry a copy of your passport instead.
…   Be as inconspicuous in dress and demeanor as possible. Downplay those elements of your
    appearance and manner which broadcast that you are American. Here are some “tip-offs” to

    •    wearing US college or university insignia clothing or heavily patriotic American clothing
    •    wearing baseball caps
    •    talking loudly with a group of friends

…   Use the buddy (or in the evening, small group) system, at all times. Never go out on your own.
    Walking with someone else helps to deflect approaches by would-be harassers. Do not talk on
    a cell phone or use a iPod, Zune or other multimedia device while walking in public areas. Be
    aware of your surroundings.
…   Be careful how late you come home at night. Try to get home while public transportation is still
    running or plan to take a taxi. When hailing a taxi, be extremely cautious about from whom
    you accept rides.
…   Be alert to the people with whom you have contact. Be wary of people who seem overly friendly
    or overly interested in you. Be cautious when you meet new people and do not give out your
    hotel information or phone number. Be careful about sharing information about other students
    or group events. Be alert to anyone who might appear to be following you or to any unusual
    activity around your hotel. Report any unusual people or activities to your program director,
    on-site staff and/or authorities immediately.
…   In countries where drivers drive on the left-hand side of the road (e.g. Australia, England, Ireland),
    you will have to make an extra effort to check traffic before crossing the street. Be careful to
    observe traffic lights. Stay on sidewalks away from the curb, and walk facing oncoming traffic
    whenever possible. Drivers in large cities can be aggressive, and often erratic. Never assume
    a car will stop for you or steer out of your way.


…   Keep your cash and other valuables (travelers checks, passport and visa, airline ticket) in a safe
    in your room or a hotel safe.
…   Do not take with you jewelry that you value or that has sentimental value. It can get lost or
    stolen. Be aware that it is common in some cities for thieves on motorcycles to pull gold chains
    off the necks of women. Leave your inessential valuables at home.
…   Avoid putting important/valuable items in the back pocket of your pants or backpack. Wear
    your backpack in front of you in crowded places. We highly recommend bringing a money belt,
    waist or neck pouch that can be worn concealed under your clothes.
…   Do not handle or display large quantities of money (dollars or local currency) on the street. Only
    bring as much money with you as you need for the day or night.
…   Always keep an eye, and/or your hands, on your purse/bag/wallet, especially in crowded public
    areas (public transportation, crowded sidewalks, markets, and metro stations).

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…    Be particularly vigilant in areas where there have been numerous reports of pick-pocketing and
     purse snatching, especially tourist areas. Be aware that thieves on mopeds snatch purses, so
     have your bag face away from the street.
…    Never leave personal belongings (i.e., purses, backpacks, etc.) unattended.
…    If you suddenly find yourself being “crowded” in a market, move away from the crowd. Thieves
     work best in a crowd.


Consular Information Sheets are available for every country recognized by the US. They include
such information as locations of U.S. Embassies or Consulates, health conditions, crime and security
information, drug penalties, among other information. Travel Warnings are issued when the State
Dept. recommends Americans avoid travel to a certain country. Consular Information Sheets and
Travel Warnings, and other information are available at:


…    If someone leaves a package unattended on a seat near you in any crowded public place (e.g.,
     airports, train stations, metro, or on a bus or other public transportation) notify the driver or
     other authority and get away from it as quickly as possible.
…    Be careful with whom you ride in a car. Some countries are less adamant about drinking and
     driving, and therefore driving under the influence of alcohol is more common.
…    Driving and pedestrian behaviors overseas can be very different from those we take for granted
     in the U.S. Even in developed countries, accident rates are sometimes higher than in the U.S.
     Carefully consider the modes of travel you plan to use overseas, and especially if you are planning
     travel to lesser developed areas during extended holidays.
…    You may see other passengers on public transportation who don’t appear to be paying the
     fare. Be careful not to copy them. Many of them have passes that they only show when asked
     by an inspector. If you get caught without a ticket or pass, you can be pulled off the public
     transportation and taken to the police station. Always purchase a ticket for all public transport
     and remember to have it stamped if required to do so. Often, a you will be given a metro pass
     (i.e. London Tube, Paris Metro, etc.) for your program.


…    Keep in touch with the current political situation by listening daily to the television or reading
     the newspaper. In the event of an emergency, advisories may be made to the general public
     through the media. In case of an emergency, remain in contact with your program director on-
     site staff. Register with the American Consulate nearest you.
…    When in large cities and other popular tourist destinations, be aware of your surroundings when
     visiting places frequented by Americans; bars, discos, and U.S. fast food restaurants; branches
     of American banks; American churches; American consulates or embassies; American cultural
…    Keep away from areas known to have large concentrations of residents sympathetic with interests
     unfriendly to the U.S. and its allies. Consult with the program director before traveling around
     your host city/cities.
…    Keep away from political demonstrations, which can easily result in clashes between
     demonstrators and authorities, particularly those authorities seen as aligned with the US. If
     you see a situation developing, resist the temptation to satisfy your curiosity and investigate


     what is happening. Return to your hotel and contact your program director.
…    Do not agree to newspaper or other media interviews regarding political conflicts or controversial
     issues. It is important to remain as inconspicuous as possible. Do not make reference to your
     program group. In such cases, always say “no comment” and hang up or walk the other way.


It is important to keep the following in mind so that you don’t find yourself in a situation which could
put your personal health and safety in jeopardy, or lead to violation of the Code of Student Conduct
and/or local laws.

…    Do not consume large quantities of alcohol, particularly with people you do not know well in
     public places like pubs, bars, or parties. You should be careful in public places where alcohol may
     be consumed, and constantly aware of the fact that you are in another country with another set
     of social customs. Until you are familiar with these customs, you should err on the cautious side.
…    If you consume alcohol, remember that your ability to make sound judgments is impaired, and
     therefore you may be putting yourself in danger.
…    Many drugs are available in other countries over-the-counter that wouldn’t normally be available
     in the U.S. Be certain when purchasing medication that you know the ingredients and understand
     their effects, especially if you’re taking other medication.
…    Do not consume alcohol while taking any medication.
…    It is your responsibility to know what the drug laws are in the countries you visit. Drug laws vary.
     It is important to realize, before becoming involved with illegal drugs, that you are not covered
     by U.S. laws and constitutional rights while abroad. For information on drug penalties abroad
     consult the U.S. State Dept.’s Consular Information Sheets:


Entering into a relationship overseas should be approached with the same precautions as at home.
It can be very tempting to be charmed by the idea of a once-in-a-lifetime foreign romance, but you
should consider any relationship carefully, particularly when you are overseas. There are different
cultural values and rules regarding dating and relationships. Proceed cautiously, realizing that you are
in the country for only a short period of time. Evaluate your reasons for entering into a relationship.
Are you attracted to the individual or are you struggling with a strong bout of homesickness?

Please be aware that in any type of intimate relationship, you run the risk of acquiring a sexually
transmitted disease or AIDS, or becoming pregnant. This is not meant to scare you but rather to
help you to realize that it can and has happened. Be sure that you know the person very well before
developing a more intimate relationship and always demand that you both practice safe sex. Some
countries do not admit that they have an AIDS epidemic. Assume that AIDS is everywhere and take


What may be appropriate or friendly behavior in the U.S. may bring you unwanted, even dangerous,
attention in another culture. Some cultures view eye-contact, or a smile, as an invitation to approach.
Observe how the host country’s women dress and behave and follow their example. Try not to take
offense at whistles and other gestures, regardless of whether they are compliments, invitations, or
insults. Ignore the gestures, but if your intuition tells you a situation is dangerous, then act as if it
is. A common stereotype of American women held by people in other countries is that all American

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women are promiscuous. Be extra careful with giving your trust. This applies generally, but is especially
important when traveling alone.


It is important that men understand and be sensitive to the kinds of problems women in their group
may face. Also, American men can be victims of sexual assaults overseas.

…    Be aware of how you carry yourself and dress. Even things as seemingly insignificant as smiling
     and your stride will mark you as a foreigner. Avoid looking like a stereotypical American; dressing
     fairly conservatively will help deflect at least some potential harassers (avoid wearing micro-
     miniskirts on the street, even if every local woman you see is wearing one!) In some countries,
     normal American female dress could be viewed as that of a prostitute.
…    In many parts of the world, meeting a man’s gaze/making eye-contact is widely viewed as sexually
     provocative, and you may be followed, verbally harassed, or touched as a result.
…    Usually the best response to unwanted stares, comments or touches is to ignore the harasser
     and remove yourself from the situation quickly and calmly. Although verbal responses often
     work, cursing your harasser in the local language or English may result in your being struck.
     Avoidance is the safest tactic.
…    If you continue to be followed, spoken to, or touched after repeated attempts to get away, try
     to remove yourself to a very public place. Tell your harasser firmly and calmly to leave you
     alone. Sometimes threatening to get the police is effective, but sometimes the police are less
     than supportive.
…    Do not judge the physical appearance of your local friends by American standards. You may be
     inclined to trust someone because he or she is nicely or fashionably dressed, well-groomed,
     self-confident and outgoing. Sometimes, however, the most fashionable people are those who
     are the most skilled con-artists, or who make a mission of befriending Americans in order to
     gain money, goods, passports, or sex from them. Be wary of smooth operators!


Cults refer to religiously-oriented groups that may not have any affiliation with an established church.
Cults differ from traditional churches in a number of ways: they generally operate in a secretive way,
members’ personal possessions sometimes become the group’s property, and they may require
complete obedience from their members. Cult members try to recruit other members by offering
friendship, help, and answers to problems. They often choose people who appear lonely or confused,
because such people are believed to be more vulnerable to cult members’ ideas. Cults have similar
recruitment techniques as in the U.S. You should be wary of people who tell you they can provide
easy solutions to your problems, of people who seem excessively friendly and eager to help, of people
who urge you to join them because “everyone is doing it,” of people who push a sense of guilt on you
for not joining their organization, and of people who invite you to meetings or social events without
stating clear goals. Do not agree to go to any meetings or social events.

If approached, alert your program director immediately!


what to bring
PASSPORT | You will need a valid passport. Obtaining the passport is your responsibility. It generally
takes four to eight weeks to process a passport application, but please be aware that the process may
take longer, especially during peak travel times. Many local post offices will accept applications for
passports. If you are in Poughkeepsie, you can go to the Dutchess County Office Building at 22 Market
Street (across from the Bardavon and a block south of the Mid-Hudson Civic Center). This office is
open Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 p.m.; 24 hour passport info can be obtained by calling (845)
486-2120 ext. 9. This office will take instant passport photos of you for an additional fee.

Complete information regarding U.S. passports (including application forms, where to apply, how
to obtain documentation, etc.) is available at the U.S. State Dept. Web site:

Once you receive your passport, you should make three photocopies of the information page of your
passport. One copy will be for you to carry separately, in case your passport is lost or stolen. The
second copy should be sent to the MIP office for your file, and the third copy should be left at home
with your family. In the event of passport loss or theft, it is easier to obtain a new passport if you
have a copy of the lost one.

VISA | Obtaining a visa can be a long and complicated process. You cannot apply for your visa until
you have a passport. Apply now for your passport, if you don’t have one already!

PROCEDURE IS FOR OBTAINING ONE. Visa rules change constantly. Some consulate web sites
are included in the list at the end of this booklet. Information on how to obtain your visa will be
discussed during orientation


IMPORTANT: NON US PASSPORT HOLDERS: If you are traveling on a passport other than a U.S.
passport, you should check with the nearest consulate of your host country to determine whether
a visa will be required. Do this as far in advance as possible. You should also check with the local
consulate of your home country to determine whether there are any passport or travel restrictions
of which you need to be aware. You also should determine whether you need to apply for a new
visa to re-enter the United States.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT IDENTITY CARD (ISIC) | The ISIC verifies your student status and permits
you to obtain discounts at many museums and galleries, some culture/performing arts events, and
travel discounts. As a cardholder, you have access have access to a toll-free hotline that can provide
assistance should a medical, financial, or legal emergency arise while you are abroad. The card also
carries a small amount of health insurance and emergency medical evacuation coverage. Marist

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College can issue the ISIC card to students interested in these services. The basic card is available for
$22, while premium services are also available for higher costs. Please inquire with the MIP office
about ISIC card types. Visit the ISIC website for more information at

STAYING IN TOUCH: PHONE CARDS, CELL PHONES, E-MAIL | Check with your U.S. long-distance
carrier to obtain an international calling card for calls back home, or ask a returned student about
low-cost phone cards which can be purchased in your host city. Phone card calls to the U.S. from
overseas can be expensive, but invaluable in an emergency.

More and more students abroad are acquiring mobile phones which allow them to make and receive
calls to and from the US. Minutes can usually be purchased as needed, so that you are not locked
into a contract. Set up a plan for staying in touch with your family and friends.

E-mail is relatively inexpensive, if not cost-free. E-mail access may be limited, depending on the host
institution’s computer facilities. Cybercafes can be found in most cities.


…    TRAVELERS’ CHECKS | The safest way to carry money is in traveler’s checks, available through
     American Express, Thomas Cook, Citicorp, Barclays Bank, Visa, and BankAmerica, among others.
     With documentation/receipts, traveler’s checks can be replaced if lost or stolen. Some banks
     provide free traveler’s checks to their account holders; otherwise the commission fee is usually
     1% of the amount you purchase. NOTE: A good ‘backup’ if you cannot access cash or if you lose
     your ATM/credit cards.

…    CREDIT CARDS | You should carry a major credit card (such as VISA) for emergencies. Keep
     in mind that interest accrues for cash advances from day one, and often at a higher rate than

…    ATM CARDS | Contact your bank to confirm that your ATM card and PIN number can be used
     overseas, and at what locations (most ATM systems abroad support only a four-digit, numerical
     PIN). Often, ATM cards can be used to get cash (in the local currency) easily, and at a better
     rate than you may receive for traveler’s checks. You may only access your checking account
     (not savings) with an ATM card.

MEDICAL INSURANCE CARD | Students will be covered through HTH Worldwide coverage while
abroad. Your program director will have a copy of your card while on the program. Information on
this coverage will be covered during orientation.

Share this information with your family. Keep a copy of your card in your wallet. Take information
about your family insurance coverage with you as well.

BIRTH CERTIFICATE | Bring a photocopy of your birth certificate, if possible. It is handy to have in
case your passport should be lost or stolen and you have to replace it.


AIRLINE E-TICKET | Before departing, information on your airline e-ticket will be given to you. Keep
this information safe and share with your parents. You should print out a copy to bring with you to
the airport. You will need your passport when checking in at the airline counter.

LUGGAGE AND PACKING | Take bags that are light, easy to carry, and sturdy. If you’re buying
luggage for this journey, choose bags that are soft-sided and made of heavy-grade nylon or similar
material. Buy luggage wth wheels as you will be moving a lot (in the airport, while checking in). You
are responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Pack light! The more you carry with you, the harder it will be to move about through the airport or
while checking in.

Divide your load. Remember that you can carry something over your shoulder or on your back, which
leaves one hand free for doors, etc. The best set of luggage might include one large suitcase, one
smaller bag or backpack, and one shoulder-type bag. Carry your travel documents and valuables


…    Label your luggage (inside and outside) with your name, destination address and telephone.
…    Remember to pack with the realization that you will be carrying these bags when you get off
     the plane and you will be carrying them if you travel after the program.
…    Do not lock your luggage!
…    Do not pack valuables (cameras, money, jewelry, items with sentimental value, etc.) in checked
     baggage. Don’t carry valuables (such as jewelry) that can’t be replaced.
…    Pack essentials in your carry-on. Just in case your bags go astray, pack a few toiletries, any
     prescription medications you need to take, an extra pair of underwear, change of clothing—
     anything you can’t live without for a day or two—in your carry-on. If your baggage does not
     arrive when you do, file a claim with the airline before you leave the airport.
…    In a waist or neck pouch, pack your passport/visa, airline tickets, money/checks, credit/ATM
     cards, phone card, letter verifying participation in Marist International Programs, and address/
     directions of where you need to go upon arrival.
…    Know what current airport rules are for carry-on items. Visit for information
     — Transportation Security Administration.
…    Watch your bags and do not agree to carry packages/items for anyone else.

LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS | All airlines have restrictions on the size, weight, and number of luggage
items that you can take without incurring additional, and significant, expense. Visit your airline’s
web site for specific information on luggage restrictions.


…    e-mail addresses of key people on campus (e.g., MIP coordinator, academic advisor)
…    comfortable shoes
…    jeans, sweaters, etc.

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…   dressy outfit(s) for theater, special events, etc.)
…   warm winter coat, gloves, scarf, etc. as appropriate
…   raincoat & umbrella (or purchase umbrella overseas)
…   bathrobe
…   toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. - sometimes more expensive abroad)
…   contact lens supplies for entire stay abroad, extra set of lenses
…   prescription eyeglasses (in case contact lenses fail)
…   an adequate supply of prescription medication to last the semester/year
…   camera, film, batteries
…   sunglasses
…   bathing suit
…   dictionary (and a handbook of verb conjugations for foreign language students)
…   travel guide (e.g., Let’s Go, Fodor’s, — see travel section of any bookstore)
…   journal for recording experiences, thoughts, etc.
…   wind-up alarm clock (electric will not work properly with different electric current)
…   sports gear (if you plan to exercise while abroad)
…   foreign voltage converter (and/or plug adapter) for electronic equipment


…   electrical appliances (e.g., hairdryers, electric radios/alarm clocks, etc.) because problems arise
    from differences in electrical current, even with adapters.
…   clothing you might wear, because you won’t!
…   clothing that needs dry-cleaning and/or ironing
…   expensive or precious items


flight arrangements for most short-
term programs. Information on the
flight schedule will be provided during
orientation. For programs where MIP does
not make flight arrangements, students
will be instructed on the when/where/
how to do so.

A small number of students may elect
to arrive earlier or depart later than the
group, depending on group reservations
and restrictions. You should speak with
the short-term program coordinator as
soon as possible if this is something you
are thinking about.

Students arriving before or departing later
than the group are responsible for any
difference in airfare charges, and for hotel
accommodations, meals, etc. until the
program start date or after the end date.

flight with the airline before heading to
the airport. Many airlines now offer text
messaging services that will notify you if
a flight is delayed, cancelled or on time.

participants on a short-term program to
have travel insurance, which is included in
the program fee. Details on the coverage
will be discussed during orientation.

TSA | The Transportation Security
Administration coordinates the services
of security officers, inspectors, directors,
air marshals and managers to protect the
nation’s transportation systems. Visit www. for information on current security
regulations, banned items, and for tips on
what to expect at security check points.

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health issues

MEDICAL INSURANCE | Adequate medical and accident insurance must be carried by each student.
Marist College provides limited accident and sickness insurance coverage designed specifically for
American students abroad. The premium for this insurance is included in the program fee.

Please take the time to review the summary of insurance coverage enclosed with this booklet, as
well as the health insurance coverage you may already have and what it includes. Keeping in mind
that all students have varying medical needs and that each host site will not have the same health
care services, you need personally to make an assessment of your needs. A few important questions:

…    Does the insurance cover students engaged in international education while outside their home
     country? Are there limitations?
…    What is the maximum sickness and injury benefit?
…    Are pre-existing conditions covered?
…    Are accidental death and dismemberment covered? Does the policy cover repatriation of remains
     and if so, what is the maximum payable?
…    Does the policy cover emergency medical transportation/evacuation and if so, what is the
     maximum payable? Are there limitations?

The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) which was described earlier in this booklet also includes
health/accident, repatriation and medical evacuation coverage. A summary of the coverage is provided
with the ISIC card, and is available at


MARIST COLLEGE STUDENTS | Please note that while abroad you will NOT have the medical
insurance coverage through Marist.

VISIT YOUR DOCTOR AND DENTIST | It is strongly recommended that you have a thorough medical
and dental checkup as soon as possible and at least two months pre-departure to allow time for
any tests your doctor may order, or for scheduling follow-up visits for treatment, vaccinations, etc.

Study abroad can be stressful both physically and mentally. A healthy mind and body are essential to
a successful study abroad experience. If you are experiencing any physical or emotional problems,
please address them before leaving the U.S. If you haven’t been feeling well, make an appointment
with your doctor for a check-up; if you anticipate any dental work (e.g. extraction of wisdom teeth),
get it done before departure; if you are experiencing any emotional, eating, or substance abuse
problems, seek professional advice and consider deferring your participation in an overseas program
until you have the problem well under control. The sorts of pressures which lead to eating disorders,
emotional, and dependency problems are only exacerbated when you are coping with adjustment
to a new culture, language, and way of life. Leaving the country will not make your problems go
away — if anything, it will make them worse.

The range of counseling services available to students on the Marist College campus and most U.S.
college campuses will probably not be available overseas. Many insurance policies, if they reimburse
for counseling services at all, may not do so for services obtained overseas. In the event that
appropriate counseling is unavailable overseas, you will be advised to withdraw from the program
and return home.

For your safety and well-being, it is vital that you inform us of any physical, emotional, or psychological
difficulties or special needs you may have on the Special Needs form provided by the MIP. On the
other hand, if you are simply nervous about experiencing a different culture, don’t worry. You are
not alone. Stop by or call our office to talk about your concerns.

WHICH SHOTS TO GET BEFORE GOING OVERSEAS? | Ask your physician. Also, consult the Center
for Disease Control and Prevention Web site which provides information on vaccinations for travel
abroad, as well as other information:

OBTAIN COPIES OF YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS | You should be sure to bring copies of prescriptions for
any medications you may need and for glasses or contact lenses if you wear them. Since medications
tend to be expensive overseas and because it sometimes can be difficult to get the appropriate
equivalent medication, we recommend that you BRING AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY OF WHATEVER
MEDICATIONS YOU MAY USE WHILE ABROAD. Any medications you bring should be in the original,
properly-labeled containers. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, bring an extra pair in case you
lose or damage your original pair.


HTH Insurance
International Travel Health Consultants (Office in Poughkeepsie)

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money matters
             “When preparing to travel, lay out all your clothes and all your money.
                      Then take half the clothes and twice the money.”
                                         - Susan Heller

DETERMINE YOUR BUDGET FOR YOUR PROGRAM | You will find it helpful if you put together an
estimated budget for your program. Airfare, accommodations, health insurance, travel insurance,
site visits (i.e. museums, historical/cultural monuments, etc.), program-related local transportation,
metro pass (when applicable), breakfast (at hotel) and one group meals. You should plan to bring
additional money to cover 2 meals per day (lunch and dinner) and personal expenses, and any other
costs not included in your program fee.

CONFIRM FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE | Students should consult their financial aid advisors as early
as possible prior to departure.

…    If you use a federal student loan or parent loan or any credit-based loan to help finance your
     program costs, you should apply early, as it takes time to collect and complete all loan application
     materials. Disbursements of loan funds are made after the start of the semester in most cases.
     Do not count on having the proceeds of a loan available to use for living expenses on-site.

MARIST COLLEGE STUDENTS | For Spring Break and Attachment Programs: A cost sheet will be sent
to Student Financial Services for your short-term program. Additional financial aid may be available,


but you will need to address this with a SFS representative.

VISITING STUDENTS | Meet with your study abroad advisor or financial aid officer at your home
institution to initiate a study abroad consortium agreement between Marist College and your home
institution. This agreement will allow your home institution to support you with financial aid while
you participate in Marist International Programs. Visiting students should send all financial aid
documents directly to Marist International Programs Office.

If you are receiving loans or other financial assistance for your semester/year abroad through your
home institution, please submit, as soon as possible, the completed “Non-Marist Student Financial
Aid Promissory Note” (included in your acceptance packet). The completed form must indicate the
amount, types, and estimated date for disbursement of aide. The Marist College Student Accounts
Office can then tentatively credit your Marist College account for the portion of the program fee to
be covered by financial assistance.

If you do not submit this information, your account may not be settled and it may be subject to
late fees. If financial aid funds create a credit balance on your account, refunds will be sent to your
home institution upon request unless you have made separate payments equal to or in excess of
the amount of overpayment.


Tuition charges (3-credits) are not included in the program costs. SFS will send out invoices for Winter
Intersession in early December. Payment is due immediately.

Alternative loans are available for winter intersession programs. Visit the SFS website at http://www. for information on alternative loans.


Program cost is included with the spring tuition bill and is payable by the Spring bill due date which
is early January. Tuition for your course can be part of your spring course load. If you decide to
take this course in addition to your regular full-time course load (16 credits maximum), you will be
responsible for any additional per-credit charges.

Tuitionpay offers a spring only monthly payment plan option. Contact 1.800.635.0120 Or visit their
website at www.Tuitionpay.Com for additional Information. Spring plans can be spread over four (4)
months, and can be Set up in November with first payment due in December.

PAYING YOUR PROGRAM FEE | Payments can be made online by check or credit card at must
do so online at Note that you must place your
payment into the appropriate term (i.e. winter or spring) for correct billing. NOTE: A 2% convenience
fee is assessed for all credit card transactions.

COURSE REGISTRATION | MIP cannot register you for your short-term program course without
financial clearance.

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PAYMENT DEADLINES | Payment deadlines are set by the Marist College Office of Student Financial
Services (SFS) and Marist International Programs (MIP). Students are responsible for settling their
accounts by the deadline. Students who have not made satisfactory financial arrangements by the
deadline may be dropped from the program.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE | If you will receive financial assistance for your short-term program, you
must pay the balance that is not being covered by aid.

Be mindful of financial aid application deadlines and arrangements pre- and post-departure.

READ THE POLICY ON REFUNDS | A copy of MIP’s Policy on Refunds can be found at the end of
this handbook. You and your parents should read this information carefully so that you understand
the terms under which your short-term program operates.

HOW MUCH MONEY SHOULD I BRING? | One of the hardest questions we are asked is, “How much
spending money do I need for my semester abroad?” The answer is as varied as the students who
travel abroad. Students have made it on a shoestring budget; most spend between $700 - 1,000.
A few spend more lavishly: $2,000 or more on shopping and other activities while abroad. It is also
dependent on your short-term program location.

Remember: There are two things you can do with your money, you can buy things or do things.
Material things are much less important in the long run – experiences passed up while abroad make
for long-term regrets.

It is not true that the more money you have the more you will enjoy your trip! Keep these variables
in mind as you build your personal budget:

…   The fees you pay for your short-term program include: airfare, accommodations, meals (lunch
    and dinner), program-related local travel, site visits (i.e. museum, historical/cultural venues)
    metro (where applicable), program excursions, health insurance and travel insurance.
…   Additional money you’ll need will depend a great deal on the country/city you’ll be in, as the
    cost of living varies greatly from place to place.
…   Exchange rates vary.
…   Evaluate your expenses here in the US. How much do you spend on going out? How much
    on personal items? (i.e., souvenirs, clubs, eating out, etc.). Keep these things in mind as you
    estimate your cost of living abroad.


…   GIFTS | How much on Mom and Dad? Big family? Lots of friends? (Bring small gifts significant
    of the U.S. for the host family, or people you’re bound to meet overseas. Flowers are the custom
    when invited to someone’s home.)
…   SOUVENIRS | A sweater from Ireland, a leather jacket from Spain, a mask from the far east….
…   LOCAL TRANSPORTATION | Taxis, buses, subways, etc. The cost of the “tube” in London can be
    a shock and deplete reserves. Sometimes a walk can put you into another “zone” with lower


    fares. In some cities mass transportation is a bargain.
…   PERSONAL ITEMS | Toiletries, clothing, medicines, etc.
…   FOOD AND BEVERAGE | Meals out and during travel, pubs, etc.
…   POSTAGE or INTERNET | Post cards are costly, stamps no bargain. Aerograms are the best deal.
    Figure on $1.00-2.50 for each sending. A cybercafe will give you internet access for a fee by
    the minute or hour.
…   FILM | Best bought in the USA. Film and processing overseas is expensive.
…   STAYING ON? | If you plan to stay on after the program ends, your expenses will go up (unless
    you are staying with friends or relatives).


…   walk whenever you can (you’ll see more and feel better too),
…   hand wash laundry,
…   don’t get caught up in the “keep-up-with-the-Joneses” syndrome which often infects groups,
…   if your hotel room has a refrigerator, shop for groceries for lunches or dinners rather than
    eating out,
…   keep a record of where your money is going,
…   plan ahead. Study your guidebook. If you know what you want to do and see before you go,
    you won’t waste time and money in your host city. Read, talk to those who have been there
    before, and pay attention to documentaries and TV news about places you might like to visit.

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reverse culture shock
                           “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights;
                it is change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.”
                                               - Miriam Beard

RE-ENTRY CULTURE SHOCK | While many students anticipate feeling culture shock when entering
a new country for the first time, many don’t realize that similar feelings can be felt upon return to
your own country after being gone for an extended period of time. During your abroad experience,
you are likely to change and grow, adopt new perspectives, reexamine your priorities and reconsider
your values. If culture shock is severe, students may choose to seek counseling to help them through
this process of readjustment.

CHARACTERISTICS OF REVERSE CULTURE SHOCK | Often students who are experiencing reverse
culture shock have a disparity in what they expected to find when they returned home and what
they actually found; you may idealize home when you are abroad, and when you return, you may
be disappointed by what you find. Students also often expect nothing to have changed while they
were gone, but just like they have, the places and people from home will have changed in the time
they were gone. You also may be irritated with American culture and longing for parts of your host
country’s culture that you can’t find here. To combat this, seek out exciting activities here, just like you
did abroad. Weekend trips are not just for overseas. Find interesting places around your hometown
or college town to explore. Rediscover your surroundings with a newfound appreciation. Look up
events calendars, restaurants, museums, hikes, etc. to try to help fill the void that is left when you
return home. Also, you might try to interact with the international students at your college.

Another common problem that students who have traveled abroad experience is a disappointment
in the lack of interest their friends and family have in their stories and pictures from abroad. While
they may exhibit interest for the first few weeks you are home, they will tire of you talking about
your experiences much more quickly then you will. To counteract this, keep in touch with friends
that you went abroad with, or other students who have also traveled abroad. They will understand
your need to talk about your memories and experiences. Also, consider submitting photographs or
writing to Marist’s Globetrotter or other publications that accept travel entries.

The most important thing to do is to incorporate the positive aspects of your international experience
with the positive aspects of your life in the U.S.


suggested websites

US Dept. of State: Bureau of Consular Affairs
US Embassies and Consulates Worldwide 
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Transportation Security Administration

Exchange rates for foreign currency   
Lonely Planet Guides                  
Travel Links at Conde Nast Traveller Online
Hostelling Int’l/American Youth Hostels
Study Abroad Handbook                 
STA Travel (student travel agency)    
MIP Student Handbook                  
Cultural Training (Culture Shock)     
International Student ID Card (ISIC)  

Australian Catholic University, Syndey
Macquarie University, Sydney          
Deakin University, Melbourne          
Study In Australia (visa information) 
Sydney Transport                      

American University Center of Provence
Embassy of France                     
Consulate of France (Visa Information)

DBS School of Arts                    
University of Limerick                
University College Cork               
Embassy of Ireland                    

University of Indianapolis - Athens   
Consulate General of Greece NYC       

Lorenzo de’ Medici                    

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Embassy of Italy                    
Consulate in NYC (visa info)        

Temple University - Japan           
Consulate General of Japan NYC      

Consulate General of the Netherlands in NY:

University of Auckland              
University of Canterbury            
Consulate General of New Zealand NYC

New York Consulate of Singapore     
Singapore Visitor and Tourist Information

The Association of American Programs
     in Spain (APUNE)
Spanish Tourist Office              
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid    
Consulate of Spain in NY            

Hansard Scholars Programme          
St. Catherine’s College, Oxford Univ.
University of East Anglia, Norwich  
Marist London Center/FIE            
The London School of Economics      
University of Westminster           
UK Consulate in New York            

Academic Programs International (API)
Council for International Ed. Exch. (CIEE)
Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)   
IES Abroad                          
Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)  
Paris-The NC Consortium Program     

*Our consortium partners offer additional programs to Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.


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10 commandments of travel


  1.	 Thou	shall	not	expect	to	find	things	as	thou	hast	at	home,	for	thou	
      hast	left	home	to	find	things	different.

  2.	 Thou	shall	not	take	anything	too	seriously,	for	a	carefree	mind	is	the	
      start	of	a	good	trip.

  3.	 Thou	shall	not	let	other	travelers	get	on	thy	nerves	or	distract	thee	
      from	they	plans,	for	thou	hast	paid	good	money	for	this	trip.

  4.	 Remember	to	take	half	as	many	clothes	as	thou	thinkest	and	twice	
      the	money.

  5.	 Know	at	all	times	where	thy	passport	is,	for	a	person	without	a	
      passport	is	a	person	without	a	country.

  6.	 Remember	that	if	we	had	been	expected	to	stay	in	one	place,	we	
      would	have	been	created	with	roots.

  7.	 Thou	shall	not	worry,	for	he	that	worrieth	hath	no	pleasure,	and	few	
      things	are	that	fatal.

  8.	 When	in	Rome	be	prepared	to	do	some	what	as	the	Romans	do.

  9.	 Thou	shall	not	judge	the	people	of	the	country	by	the	person	who	
      hath	given	thee	trouble.

  10.	 Give	not	trouble.	Remember	thou	are	a	guest	in	other	lands	and	he	
       that	treats	his	host	with	respect	shall	be	honored.

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                                                                  & Drugs
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                                                                                 alcohol & drugs overseas

     For the latest student travel safety information, go to
     Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
     1-888-407-4747 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
     1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)

     U.S. Department of State Publication 11495
     Bureau of Consular Affairs
     Printed December 2007
               Let’s be serious about this. When traveling
               overseas, it’s important to obey the laws
                                                                                 Don’t Accept Packages From Anyone
               and regulations of the country you’re
               visiting, especially those pertaining to drug                     Some Americans think it’s a good idea to take
               and alcohol use. Every year, many American                        advantage of an offer for an all-expense paid
               students are arrested abroad on drug                              vacation abroad in exchange for carrying a small
               charges or because of their behavior under                        package in their luggage. If you are caught,
               the influence. Ignorance of the law is no
                                                                                 ignorance is no excuse. If the package contains
               excuse, so be informed.
                                                                                 illegal drugs or substances, the fact that you
                                                                                 didn’t know will not reduce the charges. You
               Avoid Underage and Excessive                                      could miss your flight, your exams, or several
               Alcohol Consumption                                               years of your life during a stay behind bars.
               Many arrests, accidents, and violent crimes have
               occurred as a result of alcohol abuse. While abroad,
               driving under the influence and drinking on the
                                                                                 Don’t Import, Purchase, Use, or Have
               street or on public transportation may be considered
                                                                                 Drugs in Your Possession

               criminal activities by local authorities, as they would           Drug charges can carry severe consequences,
                                                                                                                                    alcohol & drugs overseas

               be in many places in the United States.
                                                                                 including imprisonment without bail for up to
                                                                                 a year before a case is tried, physical abuse,
     Make Sure Your Prescription Medication is                                   and sentences ranging from fines and jail time,
     Not Considered an Illegal Narcotic                                          to years of hard labor. Some crimes even carry
     If you are going abroad with a preexisting medical condition,               the death penalty. Contraband or paraphrenalia
     you should carry a letter from your doctor describing your
                                                                                 associated with illegal drug use can also get
     condition and medications, including the generic names of
     prescribed drugs. Any medications carried overseas should                   you in trouble.
     be in their original containers and clearly labeled. Check
     with the foreign country’s embassy here in the U.S. to make
     sure your medications are not considered illegal narcotics.
     Go to for a listing of foreign
     consulates and embassies in the United States.

                                                                         Ignorance of the law is no excuse, so be informed!

        go from here.
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                                                                           STAYING HEALTHY ABROAD
     Don’t Blame Yourself                                                     If You are a
     Being a victim of crime in your own backyard can be distressing,
     but, when you are thousands of miles away from family and
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     friends, it can be overwhelming. Additionally, the emotional impact
     of the crime may be intensified because you are unfamiliar with
     your surroundings. After an incident, physical symptoms of stress
     and anxiety can occur, including headaches, nausea, and sleeping
     problems. These are normal reactions to an abnormal event. Don’t                 of a   Crime Abroad
     be afraid to reach out to your personal support system, or even a
     certified professional, to help you get through a difficult time.
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     Consular personnel can also provide assistance to crime victims.
     Consuls, Consular agents, and local employees at overseas posts
     are familiar with local government agencies and resources in the
     countries where they work. They can help American crime victims
     locate resources for a variety of issues and can answer questions
     about the local criminal justice process.

     We are here to help you get connected to the support you need.

                                                                                                            if you are a victim of a crime abroad

     For the latest student travel safety information, go to
     Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
     1-888-407-4747 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
     1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)

     U.S. Department of State Publication 11493
     Bureau of Consular Affairs
     Printed December 2007
     You could become victim of a crime while
     traveling overseas. Plan ahead so that you will be
     prepared—not panicked—if it happens to you.

     Be Safe, Not Sorry                                                    Crime Happens
     Before you leave:                                                     Even if you are cautious, you may, through no fault of your own,
     1. Register your trip with the U.S. embassy or consulate in the       become a victim of a crime in another country. Use the following
       country you are visiting. That way, they will know where you are.   resources if you are in trouble.
       Registering will save time if you need to report a crime or get
                                                                           1. Contact the nearest U.S. embassy, consulate or consular agency for
       help contacting your family back in the U.S. Register online at
                                                                             assistance. Officials at these offices can help you with a number of
                                                                             crises, including replacing a stolen passport, contacting family and
     2. Leave copies of important documents (passports, credit cards,        friends, obtaining appropriate medical care, and addressing emergency
       visas, etc.) with your family back home in case the originals are     needs that arise as a result of the crime. Emergency assistance is
       lost or stolen.                                                       available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at embassies, consulates,
                                                                             consular agencies overseas, and in Washington, D.C. To contact
     While overseas:                                                         Overseas Citizens Services, call 1-888-407-4747.
     1. Stay with a group when exploring the local scene.

                                                                           2. Contact local police to report the incident and obtain immediate help.
     2. Don’t flash your cash! Be subtle with your money.
                                                                             Don’t forget to request a copy of the police report.
     3. Keep credit cards, valuables, and jewelry to a minimum.
                                                                           3. Depending on the type of crime, there are various hotlines available
     4. In short, don’t draw attention to yourself as a potential target
                                                                             to offer help for Americans:
       for crime.
                                                                           • The toll-free 24 hours a day /7 days a week hotline for sexual assault
      Changing your itinerary?
                                                                             crisis counseling and referrals in the United States is 1-800-656-HOPE.
      Go online to update U.S. embassies or consulates about your            It is operated by a non-profit organization, RAINN (Rape, Abuse and
      change of plans.
                                                                             Incest National Network). Also on the Internet at

                                                                           • Information for non-emergency victim assistance services in
                                                                             communities throughout the U.S. is available at the website
                                                                             of the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime,
                                                                                                                                                       if you are a victim of a crime abroad


                                                                             A list of more resources is available at:
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                                     Whether it’s a broken                          STAYING HEALTHY ABROAD
                                     bone or food poisoning,
                                     be prepared in case
                                     of a health emergency
                                     overseas. Plan ahead and                           Staying
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                                     protect yourself. Take Care.
                                                                                         He althy Abro
             Cover Your Bets
             Even if you have medical insurance here in the U.S., it doesn’t
             mean you are covered in another country. Don’t wait until you
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             HAVE an actual medical emergency before finding out that your
             health insurance doesn’t cover it. Before you travel, check the
             policy. Whether it’s in your name, under your parents’ plan, or
             through your school, confirm exactly what is covered and where.
             If necessary, look into purchasing a short-term international policy
             that guarantees coverage in case of an emergency.
                                                                                                             staying healthy abroad

             Even if you have international insurance coverage, some hospitals

             and clinics may insist on cash payment for treatment. Check with
             your insurance company on how they handle those situations, and
             check out our info on sending money overseas.

             A list of international health insurance companies is available at:

     Be Prepared:
     More Than Just a Motto
     Do you have a prescription for a medication you literally cannot
     live without? Make sure to bring a back-up supply in case you are
     delayed during your trip. This is important because your medication
     may not be available in some countries. Keep it on you when you
     travel in case you and your luggage get separated. All prescriptions
     should be clearly marked in their original containers. In fact, you
     should contact the embassy of the country you are visiting to get a
     list of drugs that are considered illegal narcotics—just to make sure
     your medication is not included. Think about getting a letter from
     your doctor listing your medications and explaining why you need
     them. Also, carry instructions for treating any allergies or other
     unique medical conditions you might have.
                                  You Are What You Eat
                                  Thinking about sampling the native
                                  cuisine? Of course you are! Enjoying
                                  local delicacies is part of the wonderful
                                  experience of overseas travel, but eating
                                  the wrong things could make you very
                                  sick. Many countries don’t have the           Vaccinations:
                                  same food handling and preparation            Not Just a Shot in the Dark
                                  standards found in the U.S. Food that
                                                                                We cannot stress enough the
                                  is not stored or cooked properly could
                                  make you sick.                                importance of doing your research

                                                                                on which vaccinations you might

                                                                                need for your trip. Not only will

                                                                                getting the proper vaccinations literally
     Do your research on which local foods and drinks to avoid. Ask for
     all meat ‘well done’ and stay away from raw foods. In addition,            PROTECT YOUR LIFE while you are there,
     choose your local restaurants carefully. If it looks dirty in the dining
                                                                                but without them, you may not be allowed to
     room, it could be worse in the kitchen. Local water supplies could
                                                                                                                                    staying healthy abroad

     also be a breeding ground for bacteria. Always use bottled water           enter the country. Schedule an appointment
     (even to brush your teeth), and beware of fake bottled water—tap
                                                                                with your doctor four to six weeks
     water sold as bottled. Practicing healthy habits, like washing your
     hands regularly, will help ensure that you stay healthy and enjoy          before leaving the U.S. to get them.
     your entire trip.                                                          Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.

     For more information on Travelers’ Health, visit the
     Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at

     For the latest student travel safety information, go to
     Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
     1-888-407-4747 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
     1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)

     U.S. Department of State Publication 11490
     Bureau of Consular Affairs
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     Printed December 2007
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     Safeguard your trip and your belongings
     with travel insurance!
     Check out various packages that can provide coverate if:
     sYou get sick

     sYou are involved in a car accident
     sSevere weather or a natural disaster causes travel cancellations

     Other provisions of travel insurance usually include lost baggage
     coverage, missed flight connections and cancellation charges
     imposed by airlines. You have invested a lot of time and money
     into this once-in-a-lifetime experience—don’t leave anything
     to chance!
                                                                                                       insurance for you and your stuff

     For the latest student travel safety information, go to
     Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
     1-888-407-4747 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
     1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)

     U.S. Department of State Publication 11495
     Bureau of Consular Affairs
     Printed December 2007
     When you are traveling far
     away from home, protect
     yourself and your stuff.
                                                                               Before You Leave:
                                                                               Check your current health insurance policy. Are you covered under
                                                                               your parents’s policy or through your school? Does it protect you
                                                                               outside of the U.S.?

                                                                               If your plan does not cover you fully overseas, purchase a
                                                                               short-term international insurance policy. Many travel agents
                                                                               and private companies offer plans that will cover health care
                                                                               expenses overseas including emergency services such as medical
                                                                               evacuations. The names of some of the companies offering short-
                                                                               term health insurance and emergency assistance policies are listed
     go Smart. go from here.                                                   here

                                                                               Insurance: Not JUST for Your Health
         Make Your List (Double Check It!)                                     You’ve been looking forward to your time abroad for a long time.
         You’ve packed your iPod, new clothes, and extra socks and             Imagine the exciting cultures! And all the new people! Now,
         underwear, but believe it or not, those aren’t the most important     imagine your horror when you learn your trip has been canceled
         things that should be on your list. Did you pack INSURANCE?           due to severe weather. Or, what if your new set of luggage - with
                                                                               all your clothes - gets lost along the way? A number of unexpected

         Visiting the doctor’s office while you’re abroad is probably not in   things could put a damper on your travels.
         your plans, but what if you get sick? Or hurt? Did you know that a
         medical evacuation back to the U.S. could cost up to $50,000
         if you aren’t insured? What’s more, if Uncle Sam helps out with a
         medical evacuation, it’s considered a loan—and do you really need
         another one of those?”

         Find out if you are covered for a medical emergency overseas
         BEFORE you leave. Many foreign doctors and hospitals do not
         accept American insurance policies, and may require full cash
                                                                                                                                                    insurance for you and your stuff

         payment in advance of your treatment. Your existing medical
         insurance company may require you to call back to an office
         in the U.S. for advance approval of any treatments or expenditures.
         Your policy may also set a dollar limit above which you’ll have
         to pay. Read the fine print. You might need to purchase
         additional coverage.
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                                                                           Safety Tipsoad
                                                                            for   Going A
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     Save the Bling for Back Home
     To avoid being a target of crime, don’t wear conspicuous clothing
     or jewelry and don’t carry excessive amounts of money. Also,
     don’t leave unattended luggage in public areas or carry any
     packages for strangers. We want you—and your luggage—to
     make it home safely.

     Contact Us in an Emergency

     Seriously, consular personnel at U.S. embassies and consulates
     abroad and in the U.S. are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
     to provide emergency assistance to U.S. citizens. It’s what we do.
     Contact information for U.S. embassies and consulates appears on
                                                                                            safety tips for going abroad

     the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at

     For the latest student travel safety information, go to
     Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
     1-888-407-4747 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
     1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)

     U.S. Department of State Publication 11491
     Bureau of Consular Affairs
     Printed December 2007
                                                                              Check Your Overseas
                                                                              Medical Insurance Coverage
                                                   on,                        Ask your medical insurance company if your policy is valid
                                                                              overseas, and if it covers emergency expenses such as medical
                                    With preparati d
                                                  a                           evacuation. If it doesn’t, consider purchasing supplemental
                                                                              insurance. Will your insurance company pay for expenses if you
                                    your trip abro a
                                    can not only be g                         don’t get advance approval for treatment? We know it’s cliché, but
                                                                              it’s better to be safe than sorry.
                                    fun, eye-openin it
                                                    t                         Research, Research, and More Research
                                                                              (Not Just for Your Term Papers)
                                    experience, bufe.
                                     can also be sa                           Thoroughly investigate the country you’re traveling to.
                                                                              Review Country Background Notes, Country Specific
                                                                              Information, Travel Alerts, and any Travel Warnings available
                                                                              at Familiarize yourself with local conditions,
      Register Your Trip                                                      laws, and the culture. You wouldn’t want to cause an international
      Extra paperwork can be a hassle, but we promise our free travel
                                                                              incident now, would you?
      registration service is quick, easy, and can be done online. Travel
      registration makes it possible for us to contact you if necessary,

      whether it’s a family emergency back in the States or a crisis
      in the country you’re visiting. (No, it’s not to keep tabs on you!)
      Register for free at
                                                                                                                                                     safety tips for going abroad

      Don’t Forget the Details
      Make sure you sign your passport and fill in the emergency
      information page. Check with your airline to see if they will require
      you to have a minimum amount of validity on your passport. If
      required, also make sure you have valid visas for the countries
      you will visit.. Leave copies of your itinerary, passport data page,
      and visas with family or friends, so you can be contacted in case
      of an emergency.

      Contact Home Periodically
      No, your mom didn’t bribe us to say that. It’s just a good idea so
      your family and friends know your whereabouts. It’s especially
      important to contact home if there’s been an emergency in the
      country you’re visiting. It will let everyone know that you’re okay.
      And besides, you’ll earn you some brownie points with Mom.
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     go from here.
     For the latest student travel safety information, go to
     Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
     1-888-407-4747 (toll free in the United States and Canada)
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     1-202-501-4444 (outside the United States and Canada)

     U.S. Department of State Publication 11494
     Bureau of Consular Affairs
     Printed December 2007
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                                                                             for women travelers

                                                                  Women rs
               Everyone traveling abroad
               should research local
               customs, but women should
               be especially attentive.

     stay safe.                            Walk this Way (And Talk this Way)
                                           If you are a woman in a foreign country, even dressing in a
        go from here.                      burlap sack and sensible shoes may not protect you against the
                                           unwelcome advances of strangers. Always try to stay with a group
                                           when exploring locally and avoid walking alone at night. In addition,
                                           don’t feel the need to be overly polite if you are bothered by
                                           someone. While it may seem rude to be unfriendly to a stranger,
                                           creating boundaries to protect yourself is important. Use facial
                                           expressions, body language, and a firm voice to fend off any
                                                                                                                   for women travelers

                                           unwanted attention.

                                           I am Woman: Hear Me Roar?

                                           Traveling through foreign lands gives you a unique opportunity
                                           to observe a rich tapestry of cultures and customs—which may
                                           include very different ideas about gender roles. Some countries
                                           have more conservative views about what constitutes appropriate
                                           female behavior. Remember, you’re a visitor. Do some research on
                                           social mores before you go and respect the customs of the nation.
                                           You may not agree with all of the cultural practices you learn about,
                                           but you should abide by them while in that country.

                                           What NOT to Wear: Use Your Fashion Sense
                                           In some countries, wearing the wrong things can get you arrested
                                           or lead to a dangerous situation. Different countries have different
                                           standards of what is appropriate. Research the culture before
                                           you go and pack accordingly. On arrival, note the clothes and
                                           makeup local women are wearing and try to follow their lead. Keep
                                           flashy jewelry to a minimum to prevent attracting the attention of
                                           criminals looking for targets. Any fashion statement you DO make
                                           should show consideration for the country you are visiting.
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        
                                                                                       
                                                                                                
                                                                                                   
                                                             

                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                
                                                                      
                                                                                                                                   
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                                                                                 
                                            
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                                                                    
                                         
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                                                                                                                                        
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      
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                                                                  
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                                                                        
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MARIST INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    STUDENT HANDBOOK

policies & statements
…   I authorize Marist International Programs (MIP) to release my name, photograph, address,
    telephone number, and e-mail address to faculty/staff, and to current and prospective program
    participants. I authorize MIP to use photographs from my study abroad experience in marketing
    and promotional materials and other college activities and programs.
…   I authorize Marist College to forward copies of my Marist College transcript, MIP short-term
    application and academic record (and related documents) to Marist administrators and
    affiliates overseas. I understand that Marist College affiliates have the ability to approve or
    deny an application.
…   I agree to immediately notify MIP in writing if I no longer wish to be considered for acceptance
    to a short-term program, or should I decide to withdraw from a short-term program.
…   I agree that I am personally responsible for my conduct. I agree to abide by the laws of the
    country I visit, and to obey the program director. I understand that Marist College has no
    obligation to intercede or undertake to protect me from the legal consequences of violations
    of laws for which I am responsible.
…   I understand that possession or use of illegal drugs in any form is not tolerated. Laws state that
    possession or use of illegal drugs is punishable by fine, imprisonment, and/or deportation. I
    understand that students found using or possessing illegal drugs in any form are subject to
    immediate expulsion. I agree to bear the costs of return transportation in this case, and to
    accept the withdrawal policy of the program.
…   I understand that in becoming a MIP participant I am subject to MIP, Marist College, and
    affiliate institution rules and regulations regarding conduct, scholarship, and full participation
    in the program. I will comply with all reasonable directions and instructions by the program
    director. If placed with a host family, I will comply with all reasonable rules of the family.
…   I understand that, due to the special nature of off-campus programs, the onsite administrators
    reserve the right to effect the return to the home campus of any student who is not meeting
    the standards of scholarship or conduct of the program. I agree to bear the costs of return
    transportation in this case, and to accept the withdrawal policy of the program.
…   I understand that Marist College cannot be held responsible for any injuries, loss, or damage
    to my person or property.
…   Marist College reserves the right to alter or cancel any short-term program at anytime when
    deemed appropriate.


…   I certify that I have adequate means of financial support, and I accept final responsibility for
    payment of tuition and fees associated with the program.
…   I understand that Marist College fees and charges are due before the departure date. I agree
    to pay or make arrangements suitable to Marist College for payment of all fees and charges by
    the settlement deadline set by the Marist College Office of Student Financial Services. I have
    read the program refund policy and agree to abide by its conditions.

                                                                      MARIST INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
                                                                                  STUDENT HANDBOOK

…    I promise to pay Marist College any balance remaining if, for any reason, the estimated financial
     aid is not posted to my account.


…    New York State Scholarship (including TAP) award letters are not a guarantee that the student will
     be eligible for the award. Colleges have to verify residency, full-time status, GPA, and appropriate
     academic progress. Please see the Marist webpage for NYS Scholarship (TAP) eligibility criteria
…    It is the student’s responsibility to understand and maintain eligibility requirements.
…    Regulations for certifying New York State Scholarships (including TAP) include a review of the
     student’s semester schedule of courses. Marist College cannot certify the scholarship, nor can
     the funds (if certified) be credited to the student’s tuition account until the student’s course
     enrollment is available for review.
…    Students must e-mail their semester course enrollment to their Coordinator in the Marist Abroad
     office as soon as registration is finalized at their host campus.


This program involves studying and traveling, with planned group excursions and social/cultural
activities. Some excursions may be overnight, and most will involve transportation on a bus and/or
train. The undersigned fully understands that there are certain dangers, hazards, and risks inherent
in international travel, in group excursions, and in the activities included in the program, and has
signed an online version of this document in full recognition and appreciation of the dangers of
these activities, which dangers include, but are not limited to, physical injuries (minimal, serious,
catastrophic) and/or property loss or damage.

The Undersigned expressly acknowledges that the participant is not required to participate in this
Marist College program, but chooses to do so. The Undersigned therefore agrees to assume and take
on all responsibilities in any activities associated with the Marist College program. In consideration of,
and in return for, the service, facilities and other assistance provided to participants by Marist College
or its partner institutions (and their governing boards, employees, and agents) I, the undersigned,
along with any of our assignees, heirs, distributees, guardians, and legal representatives release
Marist College and its partner institutions from any and all liability, claims and actions that may
arise from injury, harm or death to the Undersigned and from loss or damage to the Undersigned’s
property in connection with these activities. The Undersigned understands that this release covers
liability, claims and actions caused entirely or in part by any acts or failure to act by Marist College,
including but not limited to negligence, mistake, or failure to supervise by Marist College or any of
their employees, agents, or contractors.

PRIVACY POLICY | Marist College is fully committed to respecting the privacy of all applicants to our
programs. The information that you provide on your application will be used only for the purpose of
carrying out your interest in applying for a MIP short-term program. Your personal information will
not be shared with any third party.

CERTIFICATION | I certify that I have carefully considered each question on this application and that
my statements are true and complete to the best of my knowledge. I accept as binding any and all


conditions that normally apply to undergraduate admission to Marist College and MIP. Furthermore,
I understand that Marist College may refuse or revoke, without showing cause, admission to any
student prior to enrollment if it is deemed necessary or advisable in the judgment of Marist College.


     •       Students who are applying to a program after the stated deadline must make a $500 non-
             refundable deposit. Only if the applicant is not accepted to the program will the deposit
             be refunded.
     •       A portion of the program cost may be refundable if a student withdraws from the program.
             Specific refund dates are:

                  WITHDRAWAL DATE                                      AMOUNT OF REFUND
         •    Now to 30 days before program         •        25% of Program Fee except nonrefundable
                                                             deposit, and any and all special charges assessed
                                                             to Marist College.
         •    29 days to 15 days                    •        50% of Program Fee except nonrefundable
                                                             deposit, and any and all special charges assessed
                                                             to Marist College.
         •    14 days to official arrival date.     •        NO REFUND

     •       To be eligible for a refund, STUDENTS must INFORM the Marist International Program office
             IN WRITING of their decision to withdraw for all refund policy options to be initiated. The
             “official” arrival date is the date students are required to arrive at the airport as indicated
             by MIP.
     •       “Special Charges,” including but not limited to non-refundable tuition, housing, or other
             fees paid by Marist College to secure the student’s place on the program. No refund will
             be given on these charges.
     •       You are encouraged to explore trip cancellation insurance, which may cover you if you
             unexpectedly have to cancel your trip.
             THE TIME AND MONEY.

                                                                                   MARIST INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
                                                                                               STUDENT HANDBOOK

basic questions

                                              BASIC QUESTIONS

     Here are some basic questions about your host country and culture. Write down the
     answers to as many as you can.

         1.    How many people who are prominent in the affairs (politics, athletics, religion,
               the arts, etc.) of your host country can you name?
         2.    Who are the country's national heroes and heroines?
         3.    What is the attitude toward divorce? Extramarital relations?
         4.    What is the attitude toward drinking?
         5.    How do people organize their daily activities?
         6.    What is the normal meal schedule?
         7.    Is there a daytime rest period?
         8.    What is the customary time for visiting friends?
         9.    What foods are most popular and how are they prepared?
         10. What things are taboo in this society?
         11. What is the usual dress for women? Men?
         12. If you are invited to dinner, should you arrive early? On time? Late? If late, how
         13. On what occasions would you present gifts to people in the country?
         14. How do people greet one another? Shake hands? Embrace or kiss? How do
               they leave one another? What does any variation from the usual greeting or
               leaving-taking signify?
         15. What are the important holidays? How are they celebrated?
         16. What kinds of television programs are shown?
         17. What is the normal work schedule? (start/end/lunch times?) How many days
               comprise the work week?
         18. What kinds of local public transportation are available? What do they cost?
         19. Is military training compulsory?
         20. Are the host country newspapers generally friendly in their attitude to the U.S.?
         21. What kinds of health services are available? Where are they located?
         22. Is education free? Compulsory?

     Questions adapted from chapter 14. "Let's play fifty questions" in L. Robert Kohls' Survival Kit for
     Overseas Living, 2nd Edition, 1984, Intercultural Press, Inc.



Marist International Programs
Marist College
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1387

845.575.3330 tel
845.575.3294 fax

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