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                                                                    MARIST INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
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table	of	contents
WELCOME	                                                                                        1

INTRODUCTION	                                                                                   2

STAYING	IN	CONTACT	                                                                             3

CHECKLIST	           	          	         	          	          	          	                    4

•	   Forms	return,	things	to	take	care	of	pre-departure/while	abroad

ADMINISTRATIVE	FORMS	AND	COMMUNICATIONS	                        	          	                    6

•	   List	of	forms	to	complete,	ID	photo	requirements,	e-mail	policy,	address	changes

ACADEMICS	           	          	         	          	          	          	                    8

•	   Registration	for	abroad	and	return	semester,	academic	credit,	P/NC/U,	course	
     approvals,	course	load,	grades,	absence,	attendance,	tardiness,	language	policy,	
     transcripts,	grades

PRE-DEPARTURE	PLANNING		 	                	          	          	          	                  12

•	   Question	for	pre-departure	planning,	travel	and	arrival,	on-site,	academic,	general

WHAT	TO	BRING	 	                	          	          	         	         	                    16
•	 Passport,	visa,	ISIC,	hostels,	staying	in	touch,	money,	insurance,	ID,	birth	certificate,		 	
    airline	tickets,	luggage,	packing,	restrictions,	what	to	bring,	what	not	to	bring.
CONDUCT	&	SAFETY	               	          	          	         	         				           						20

•	   Standards,	sanctions,	public	places,	stereotypes,	suggestions,	valuables,	US	State
•	   Dept.	information	sheets,	transportation,	travel	during	breaks,	political	conflict,	alcohol	
     and	drugs,	relationships,	advice	for	women,	sexual	harassment,	cults

TRAVEL	ARRANGEMENTS	 	                   	           	         	        	                     26
•	 Booking	flight,	dates,	changing	flights,	travel	insurance,	confirming	flights

HEALTH	ISSUES	 	             	          	         	         	          	                   						8
•	 Medical	insurance,	doctor,	dentist,	physical	and	mental	stress,	special	needs,	
   vaccinations,	prescriptions,	web	travel	health	tips

    MONEY	MATTERS	 		                                                                                 30
    •	 Financial	aid,	power	of	attorney,	promissory	notes,	aid	applications,	paying	the	
       program	fee,	deadlines,	how	much	money	to	bring,	budgeting

    RETURNING	TO	CAMPUS	HOUSING	           	        	        	           	                35
    •	 Room	deposit,	withdrawing	from	housing,	notifying	your	intent	to	return	to	campus	
        housing,	housing	abroad,	housing	standards	abroad

    RETURNING	TO	AN	INTERNSHIP	IN	THE	US	                                                             36
    •	 Information	on	pursuing	US	internship	after	you	return	to	the	US	from	abroad

    REVERSE	CULTURE	SHOCK	                                                                            37
    •	 Re-entry	culture	shock	characteristics	            	          	          	          	           	
    POLICIES	AND	STATEMENTS	 	            	                                                           38

    •	   Marist	International	Programs	Policies,	Payment	and	Financial	Aid	Policy,	New	York	
         State	Scholarships	and	TAP,	Program	Waiver,	Privacy	Policy,	Certifications,	A	Final	Note,	
         Emergency	Contact	Information,	Refund	Policy

    SUGGESTED	WEB	SITES	            	          	          	          	          	                     41

    •	   For:	US	Govt.,	travel	safety,	visas,	Australia,	France,	Ireland,	Italy,	Mexico,	Spain,	UK	
         and	other	countries,	exchange	rates,	hostels,	visas,	tourist	offices,	etc.

    APPENDICES	                                                                                       43

    Copies	of	administrative	forms	and	other	information:

         †	   Acceptance	Statement
         †	   Academic	Plan	(Marist	students	-	all	programs	except	Italy)
         †	   Academic	Plan	(Marist	students	going	to	Italy	only)
         †	   International	Internship	Placement	Questionnaire
         †	   Conditions	for	Internships	Abroad
         †	   Internship	Learning	Contract
         †	   Internship	Requirements
         †	   Internship	Evaluation
         †	   Basic	Questions
         †	   Ten	Commandments	of	Travel
         †	   HTH	Worldwide	Insurance	(Coverage	is	included	in	the	MIP	fee)
         †	   US	Students	Abroad	Publications
                STUDENT HANDBOOK


DEAR STUDENT | Welcome to Marist International Programs (MIP). Your success as
a study abroad student will depend upon how well you have prepared yourself for
the experience. We look forward to assisting you in the weeks ahead with a num-
ber of matters that have to be taken care of prior to your departure.

This handbook covers a wide range of information necessary for the next important
steps you must take — preparing to spend a semester or year abroad. 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, email us at,
or stop by our office with any questions or concerns.


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

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                                                                                           Kimberly Dupuis | Australia | Spring 2010
Congratulations on being selected to participate in a Marist College study abroad
program. You are about to embark upon an amazing experience and incredible op-

One of the best ways to prepare for studying abroad is to learn as much as pos-
sible about your program and host country prior to your departure. This handbook
is one tool that will help you prepare for your semester or academic year abroad.
Other resources can be found online or through travel guides and books or speak-
ing with past study abroad students, your program provider, or with your program

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.

We wish you a successful and rewarding study abroad experience!!!


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 Thronton - Coordinator
                                         Elizabeth Mulligan - Office Assistant

                                    MARIST OFFICE OF SAFETY AND SECURITY -
                                    845.471.1822 (afterhours)

                                    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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†   Acceptance Statement with $300 non-refundable
    program deposit (within 2 weeks)
†   Application for overseas institution (if applicable)
†   Housing questionnaire (forms vary by program site)
†   Housing deposit (if required by your program)
†   Course enrollment form (LDM program)
†   MIP Academic Plan (purple or red form)
†   Promissory Note (Non-Marist students only)
†   Travel Plans/Flight Itinerary
†   Other program-specific forms
†   Internship Placement Questionnaire (if applicable)


†   Withdraw from campus housing, meal plan, etc.
†   Reserve your round trip flight as soon as you know your
    program start and end dates.
†   Confirm your flight with the airline 3 days before
†   Do you need a visa to study in your host country?
    Pay close attention to visa application deadlines and
    procedures. No passport, no visa! No visa, no travel!
†   Speak to your friends about shared housing plans for your
    return semester.
†   Complete an academic plan (course approvals, transfer
    of grades/credits). Do you have your advisor’s e-mail
†   Copy down all names, phone numbers, postal and e-mail
    addresses of people with whom you might need to have
    contact while abroad.
†   How will you register for courses in your return semester?
    Follow your study abroad advisor’s or your registrar’s
†   Apply for a credit card for emergency use, if you don’t
    have one.
†   Let your cedit card and ATM card providers know the
    dates of your travel and your destinations
†   Leave bank deposit slips with your parents, if they will be
    “feeding” your account from time to time.
†   Arrange for your campus, or local mail, to be forwarded
    to your permanent US address. Turn-in your campus
    mailbox key.
†   Take care of college financial issues. If you’re away in the
    spring, get a renewal Financial Aid Application and submit
    before the deadline. Pay outstanding balances on your
    student account. Sign the Perkins Loan, Stafford Loan or
    University Loan Promissory Note.
†   Arrange for a power of attorney if your parents will need
    to sign forms, endorse checks on your behalf, etc.


                                                            †   If you’re away in the spring, will you need to file federal
                                                                and/or state income tax forms?
                                                            †   Deadline for filing is April 15. Does the payroll office
                                                                know where to send your W-2 form? Will someone
                                                                complete the form on your behalf? Do you know how to
                                                                access IRS forms and information on the internet?
                                                            †   Have 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
                                                                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 stay
                                                            †   Know what items are permitted and prohibited for air
             What you need to do before you go abroad and

                                                            †   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 and your flight tickets with
             what you need to do while you are abroad.

                                                                your parent(s).
                                                            †   Bring a copy of your birth certificate and a copy of your
                                                                passport 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 (ISIC)?
                                                                Register your travel with the US Department of State:

                                                            THINGS TO TAKE CARE OF WHILE YOU’RE ABROAD

                                                            †   Follow the resident advisor’s instructions for registering
                                                                with police, etc.
                                                            †   Give the MIP Office your overseas mailing address/phone
                                                            †   Interns: Fulfill all writing requirements. Arrange for your
                                                                internship contract and evaluation to be sent to the MIP
                                                            †   At the end of your internship, ask your supervisor for a letter
                                                                of reference for prospective employers.
                                                            †   Send your advisor and MIP the list of courses you register
                                                                for abroad.
                                                            †   Ensure that you are taking a full course load (at least 12
                                                                Marist credits).
                                                            †   Keep a journal of your experiences, travels, friends, contacts,
                                                                addresses, etc.
                                                            †   Take lots of photos!!!
                                                            †   Start a blog -- your family will love it.

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administrative	forms
In order to arrange the many aspects of your program abroad (admission, course approvals,
course registration, housing, meals, internship, travel, etc.), we will be sharing much of the
information you provide on our forms with our overseas partners. Therefore, please:

…    write neatly and clearly with a black pen (no pencil!)
…    if you need additional space, please use a separate sheet of paper with your name on it
     (do not write on the back of the form)
…    make sure your name and Marist student ID appear on each piece of paper you submit

ACCEPTANCE STATEMENT (GOLD FORM) | If you accept the offer to participate in Marist
International Programs, please complete the Acceptance Statement (gold) and return it
immediately with your $300 non-refundable program deposit. Your admission into the program
is not effective until we receive this form with your signature. Make your check payable to
Marist College and be sure that your name, ID, and program are on the check.

If you withdraw from the program after submitting your acceptance statement, you must notify
us in writing. Any refund of program fees will be made in accordance with Marist International
Programs’s Policy on Refunds (included in this booklet). Therefore, should you choose not to
participate in the program, it is important that you inform us as soon as possible.

PROGRAM-SPECIFIC FORMS | Forms specific to your program will be distributed to you and
may include an application for admission to the host institution, housing questionnaire,
internship placement form, course selection form, and residence agreement, among others.
Please complete and return all forms to our office as soon as possible for forwarding to the
overseas institution.

ID PHOTOS | ID-type photos are required for a variety of purposes depending on your program
(e.g., meal cards, transportation passes, library cards, etc.). Photos should be passport-size.
Write your name and the program name on the back of each photo.

COMMUNICATIONS | It is vital that you receive communications from the Marist Abroad office
both pre-departure and while you’re abroad. Please keep us informed in writing of any changes
in your current or permanent address, telephone number, and e-mail address. For Marist
students, MIP will only use your Marist e-mail account.

All students: Please try to anticipate any administrative and academic details you may need
to take care of at your home campus before you leave the US. Filing graduation applications,
financial aid applications, declaring or changing majors or minors, obtaining transcripts, etc.,
are all much easier to take care of in person. To make communication with your home campus
easier, you should compile a list of names, telephone, and e-mail addresses of important
campus contacts (e.g., academic advisor, financial aid advisor, study abroad advisor, housing
office) to bring with you to your program site.


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CONFIRM YOUR ACADEMIC PLANS | Provide your academic advisor with full information
concerning the course offerings on the program in which you will be enrolled. You will want to
confirm which courses you may take to fulfill major, minor, and departmental requirements and
which courses you may take for elective credit. In many cases, you will not register for courses
until you are at the program site. Regardless of when you register, you must follow the steps
below for pre-approval of your academic schedule and course selection.


…    Visiting Students should make sure that their MIP credits will transfer to their home
     universities before departure—we cannot stress enough how important this is. It is up
     to your university to grant transfer credit. We will provide you with course descriptions
     at your request.
…    Marist College students must review their individual “academic audit,” and consult with
     their academic advisors as to what degree requirements remain to be completed, and
     how their study abroad fits with their academic program at Marist. Individual academic
     departments at Marist are solely responsible for determining which courses taken abroad
     will receive credit in particular disciplines and whether the courses fulfill major, minor or
     other requirements. It is essential that students determine prior to going abroad whether
     the proposed courses are approved for credit by the relevant Marist departments. A form
     for identifying and obtaining departmental and advisor approval of overseas coursework
     is provided by the MIP office. The completed form must be submitted to the MIP office
     prior to departure.
…    Get approvals for alternate courses in case your first choice(s) are not available.
…    Take courses abroad that are appropriate to your academic level. You should have fulfilled
     all required prerequisite courses for the course abroad.
…    Speak with your academic advisor to discuss what courses you need here at Marist to
     SHOULD TAKE! They will not know how a course transfers back to Marist. Your advisor can
     only advise you on what courses you still need to take in order to complete your degree
     requirements at Marist.
…    Choose a variety of courses while abroad. DO NOT choose all upper level courses or courses
     that will be too academically challenging. Use the same judgement in choosing courses
     here at Marist as abroad. You want to balance academically challenging courses with less
     demanding courses.
…    For programs that are new or do not have many Marist students choosing, pay special
     attention to getting your courses pre-approved. You should discuss your pre-approved
     courses with your academic advisor or your program coordinator.


…    Visiting Students should ask their advisors how pre-registration is conducted on their home
     campus for students who are abroad.
…    Marist College students must meet with their academic advisors PRIOR TO DEPARTURE
     to obtain approval for the courses they plan to take in the semester following their study
     abroad. Please follow the instructions given during pre-departure orientation concerning
     course registration procedures while overseas.


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…   REGISTRATION FOR YOUR SEMESTER ABROAD | In most cases, you will register for
    your program courses on site, and you will be notified of the necessary procedures by the
    program or host university staff at the beginning of the term.

    TO 12 TO 16 U.S. CREDITS, AT THE HOST INSTITUTION. It is the student’s responsibility
    to ensure that he/she is enrolled for full-time study. Failure to enroll for full-time study can
    jeopardize the student’s eligibility for graduation with his/her class, and will impact credit-
    based financial assistance (federal student loans, scholarships, grants, etc.).


…   ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES | Courses are offered through Marist College
    whose academic policies and procedures apply. Academic policies are established in the
    Marist College Undergraduate Programs Catalog. Adherence to ordinary principles of
    academic honesty and code of conduct as outlined in the Marist College Student Handbook
    are expected of all students participating in Marist International Programs. In addition,
    Marist International Programs has developed these academic policies and procedures:

…   GRADES | The grades you receive on your off-campus program (or US grade equivalents)
    will appear on your Marist College transcript and will be averaged into your cumulative
    grade point average. Established grade conversions will be used to transfer overseas grades,
    if the overseas institution does not grade on a 4.0 (A-F) scale.

    If you are not a Marist College student, you should check with your home campus to
    determine how the grades you receive will appear on your home institution’s transcript.
    Regardless of whether or not the actual grades you receive will appear on your home
    institution’s transcript, you should keep in mind that you will have a permanent record at
    Marist College. Should you apply to another school at a later date, you most likely will be
    required to submit an official transcript from each institution you have attended.

…   ACADEMIC CREDIT | Credit is granted by Marist College. Grades and credit for Marist
    College students are transferred through Marist International Programs office. Non-Marist
    students receive an official Marist College transcript upon completion of the program.

    Courses are taught at foreign institutions by local faculty or by faculty who are hired directly
    by Marist College. All overseas courses are approved, monitored and evaluated by the faculty
    and administration at Marist. Students should meet with their home campus advisors to
    determine how credits will transfer to their individual programs.

…   P/NC/U | Students cannot take courses abroad using the P/NC/U option (i.e. pass/fail).

…   PROGRAM ABSENCE | You must inform the program’s resident administrator in advance
    if you intend to leave the host city for an overnight trip. It is important that the resident
    administrator know your whereabouts in the event of an emergency.

…   ATTENDANCE | You are expected to attend each class session, tutorial, field trip, internship/
    practicum, and any other course-related event. Attendance and class participation will
    influence your grade for the course. If you have been absent from a course excessively, you
    may be required to withdraw from the course without credit or you may receive a failing


    grade. If you expect to be absent from a class, you should notify your instructor and the
    resident director in advance, preferably in writing.

…   TARDINESS | All students must make every effort to be on time for all scheduled meetings
    and class sessions and should notify the appropriate persons by phone or written message
    of extenuating circumstances that result in tardiness.

…   LANGUAGE POLICY | In non-English taught programs, you are expected to speak the host
    language exclusively in the classroom, at the host institution, at your internship site, in the
    program office, and on excursions. You should also speak the host language when in public
    places and as much as possible when with other students. Speaking in the host language
    will improve your abilities as well as ease cultural adjustments. You are also expected to
    arrange for conversation exchanges with a language partner—a host country national who
    will assist you with the target language, in exchange for English conversation. Program
    advisors can help you to arrange for a language exchange partner.

…   COURSEWORK | You are expected to turn in all course assignments on time; turning in
    assignments late will have a negative effect on your grades. All academic commitments must
    be completed before you leave the program site; incompletes are not permitted. Students
    who do not complete a course on time are likely to receive a failing grade. Students are
    not permitted to audit courses or to take courses on a pass/fail basis.

…   You may be informed at the program site of additional academic policies and procedures,
    such as deadlines to add, drop, or withdraw from a course, etc. If you have any question
    about these, please e-mail your MIP coordinator for clarification.


…   TRANSCRIPTS AND GRADE REPORTS | Grade reports ordinarily arrive within one to
    three months after completion of the program. Due to differences in schedules and grading
    procedures between the host institution and your home campus, grades will be posted to
    your home campus’s record later than usual.

    Marist International Programs office regrets that it cannot release grades over the telephone.
    A grade report will be sent to you by the Marist College Registrar. The Marist grading system
    is a letter system ranging from A through D and F.

    Non-Marist students will receive an official transcript from Marist College. Non-Marist
    students may request additional copies of their official transcript(s) from the Registrar’s
    Office. Please visit for more information, or contact:

    3399 NORTH RD.
    POUGHKEEPSIE, NY 12601-1387

    We regret that faxed requests cannot be accepted.

    Questions regarding Marist International Programs grades and courses should be directed
    to Marist International Programs office.

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pre-departure	planning
You may 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 Web sites listed at the end of this book. Some questions
are best answered by students who have returned from the program, 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 study abroad period? 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?

How will I proceed to the host campus once I have arrived in the country? What will I do if no
one can meet me? Have I checked train and bus schedules? What if I arrive on a weekend or
late at night? Who will I call? 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, Youth Hostel membership, rail
passes for Europe? What other discounts are available to students?

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?

Do I have an option to live with a family? Will I have a single room? Will I be living in resident
hall with students the same age as me? How close is housing to the town and university? Should
I take bed linens? What laundry service is available?

Will I use public transportation to get to classes? How much does it cost? Am I ready to spend


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20-45-60 minutes on a bus to travel to class or internship from my residence or homestay? Should
I obtain an international driver’s license? What rules govern driving, car rental, and insurance?

How do I open a bank account? What are the banking hours? Is there an ATM on campus? (Is
there a “campus”?) 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?

Are local telephone calls free? Can I make calls from my residence or homestay? How will I pay
for calls? Are calls overseas and within the country itemized? 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? Is there central heating? What about voltage? Plug size?

ACADEMIC QUESTIONS | Will I be eligible for financial aid while I am studying abroad? How
do I apply for it? What happens if my check arrives after I have left? What kind of scholarships
are available? What are my chances of getting one? How do I apply for next year?

Are the university campuses in my host country like American ones, with lots of buildings close

Will I be in classes with other Americans? Are there many students from other nations at my
host university?

When do classes begin? How do I go about registering for classes? Are there catalogues and
class offerings posted? Who will help? What is considered a full course load? How will my
courses transfer? Will my courses transfer? Will my grades transfer also? Will they affect my
GPA? What is the grading scale? What happens if I fail a class? Can I ask for a grade change?

What happens if I decide to take courses different from the ones I signed up for while I was in
the U.S.?

How will I be evaluated? How often? (Quarterly, semester, annual, etc.) How will I get a transcript
sent back to my home campus?

Are there semesters and terms? Will I know the school calendar ahead of time? When are

What clubs are available for me to join? Is there a cost to join? What other activities are
available on campus?

What are the residence halls/dormitories like? Do rooms have telephones? What about

What are the library hours? For how long can I borrow books? Or, can I? How are library fines
assessed? Do students purchase textbooks?

Have all the necessary offices been informed about my plans to study abroad? Have I arranged
to have my mail forwarded? Have I turned in my mailbox key?


What must I do at my home institution before leaving in order to guarantee credit transfer?
How do I pre-register for courses while I am still abroad?

Do I want to live in a residence hall when I return? 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 written to national tourist agencies for MIPs and free guidebooks?

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?
Can I get a part-time job? Will I need a work permit? Have I planned for such additional costs
as vacation travel, entertainment, gifts, etc.?

If I need medical assistance while abroad, do I know what to do? If I am sick or have an accident,
how will I get reimbursed for costs? Have I discussed my medical insurance with my family?

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” 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?

If I am staying with a family, have I selected some token gifts to take with me for them? Am I
familiar with “hostess gift” customs? Am I bringing photos of my family, friends, home?

Am I aware of the penalties if I am caught with illegal drugs or in the company of drug users
while overseas?

*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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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: http://travel.

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
may be included in your program-specific info packet. You will be issued a letter verifying your
enrollment in the program which you may need to submit with your visa application and/or to
immigration authorities upon entering your host countries.


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 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 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

HOSTELLING INTERNATIONAL CARD | For inexpensive accommodations around the world
Hostelling International/American Youth Hostels, P.O. Box 37613, 733 15th St. NW, Suite 840,
Washington, DC 20013-7613. Web; Tel (Washington D.C.): 202-783-6161;
Fax: (202)783-6171; E-mail:

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. However, many students choose
     not to use travelers’ checks as credit cards and ATM cards can be used in most countries.

…    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 purchases.

…    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 receive an insurance I.D. card, claim form, and
instructions on how to obtain assistance in an emergency. Share this information with your
family. Keep a copy of your card in your wallet. Take information about your family insurance
coverage with you also.

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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 TICKET | Before departing, make two copies of your ticket(s). You may not realize
how valuable your airline ticket is—and how difficult it is to replace a lost or stolen ticket. The
final control page of each ticket is the best to copy as it contains all the flight(s) information
you will need in case your ticket is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home and bring the other
with you—packed separately from your original ticket. If your ticket is lost or stolen, contact
the airline concerned to file a lost/stolen ticket report. You will need your ticket number to
do this, and it may cost you $50-$100. Do not expect immediate ticket replacement. In most
instances you will need to purchase an additional ticket to replace the lost/stolen one and then
wait for up to six months for the airline to process your claim and send your refund. (This is an
instance when an emergency credit card would be handy!) Never throw away any part of your
ticket until you have completed your entire journey.

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. If your luggage does not have wheels, you might want to buy a small luggage
carrier. Bring a backpack for weekend excursions or vacation travel.

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 in a waist pack or money belt.


…    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.
…    If you lock your luggage be sure to keep the key handy; you may need to unlock your bags
     for customs officials at departure and arrival points. If possible, have two sets of keys for
     your luggage to carry separately. Remember to use TSA-approved locks.
…    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.


…   copy of your MIP Academic Plan (approved course equivalents and alternates)
…   academic Audit (to help select courses abroad and for campus pre-registration)
…   College catalog (to help select courses abroad and for campus pre-registration)
…   e-mail addresses of key people on campus (e.g., MIP coordinator, academic advisor)
…   comfortable shoes
…   jeans, sweaters, etc.
…   dressy outfit(s) (for interviews, theater, special events, etc.)
…   warm winter coat, gloves, scarf, etc. as appropriate (yes, even for Madrid & Florence!)
…   raincoat & umbrella (or purchase umbrella overseas)
…   bathrobe
…   towel
…   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
…   in-frame backpack for weekend and vacation travel
…   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.
…   small photo album with family/friends photos
…   wind-up alarm clock (electric will not work properly with different electric current)
…   sports gear (if you plan to participate in sports abroad)
…   foreign voltage converter (and/or plug adapter) for electronic equipment
…   computer, cords and backup hard drive (be careful to use a converter and/or adapter)


…   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

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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. Application to participate in Marist International
Programs 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 Embassy abroad. To register, go to www. and select “Registration with Embassies.”
…    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
    advisor. 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 avoid:

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

…   Try to speak the local language in public, even with other Americans. Even if you have a
    heavy accent, you will not attract as much attention, particularly if you take a cue from the
    locals and speak quietly and discreetly.
…   Use the buddy (or in the evening, small group) system, especially in the first weeks of your
    stay. 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. If you visit friends alone in the evening, ask them to escort
    you to the nearest bus/metro station, or even to escort you home if you are concerned.
    Do, however, 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 address 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 place of residence or classroom. Report any unusual
    people or activities to 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 locked suitcase in your room.
…   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.

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     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).
…    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.
…    If you are working at an internship, do not leave purses and backpacks unattended.
…    If you suddenly find yourself being “crowded” in a market, move away from the crowd.
     Thieves may be slicing open your purse or backpack with a razor.


Country-specific information is available for every country of the world. 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. Country specific infomation,
Travel Warnings, and other information are available at:

A consular information sheet for your country will be included in your information packet.


…    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. Consider a monthly pass if you will
     have to take the bus or subway every day. In the long run, it is much cheaper to pay the
     fare than the fine.


…    Keep the resident director/advisor and host family or roommate informed of your
     whereabouts and any traveling you plan to do. Keep your US family informed also.
…    Do not travel alone. Always try to travel with at least one other person.
…    Be careful whom you allow to join your group. Make sure that anyone who joins your
     groups is known well by someone you know. Terrorists and thieves have used unsuspecting
     travelers as a cover when traveling.
…    Update yourself on your destination and consider postponing a visit to a place if there have
     been problems there recently. It is better to be safe than sorry. If there is a U.S. Consulate
     near you (and there is one in most large cities), stop and get their safety information
     bulletins about the country which you are planning to visit. Knowledge of current events
     is important. Read the paper and listen to the news to stay informed.


…    Have sufficient funds or a credit card on hand to purchase emergency items such as train
     or airline tickets, or for medical treatment or a hospital stay.


…    Keep in touch with the current political situation by listening daily to the television or
     radio 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 the on-site staff.
     Register with the American Consulate nearest you.
…    When in large cities and other popular tourist destinations, avoid or spend as little time
     as possible in potential target areas for terrorist activities, especially places frequented
     by Americans; bars, discos, and U.S. fast food restaurants; branches of American banks;
     American churches; American consulates or embassies; American cultural centers.
…    Keep away from areas known to have large concentrations of residents sympathetic with
     interests unfriendly to the U.S. and its allies. Consult with on-site advisors before traveling.
…    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. Go home and watch it on the news.
…    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: http://
…    Some “controlled substance” medications which are legal in the US may be illegal in other

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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? If you do enter into a long-term relationship, it is recommended
that you also see how the relationship functions in the U.S., where roles are switched, and you
are no longer a guest.

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 precautions.


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 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
…    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


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 retreats without stating clear goals. Do not go to meetings where
you are not free to leave at any time.

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do not include air travel. MIP arranges round-
trip group flights for programs with 10 or more
students. The travel agency is able to secure
student fares for major airlines, and low-cost
return flight changes. Students wishing to travel
on a “group flight” must finalize arrangements by
confirming their reservations with the agent as
soon as possible. Seats are held for a limited time
only. Information about contacting this agency
will be distributed in the information packet.

Students may also select their own travel agency
and make travel arrangements independently.
Students traveling independently must arrive
on the designated arrival day.

All students must provide MIP with a copy of
their flight itinerary.

Students arriving before the designated
arrival date are responsible for their own
arrangements and costs for transportation, hotel
accommodations, meals, etc. until the program
start date.

Students may not book a return flight before
the program end date, but they may select
a return date beyond the completion date
of the academic program if they’re planning
independent, personal travel. Program-arranged
accommodation must be vacated by the program
end date.

Please discuss return ticketing information with
your travel agent, and ask about the policy for
changing your itinerary, flight cancellations,
refunds, etc.

If you purchased your ticket online, make certain
you understand the provider’s policy on changing
your itinerary, cancellations, refund, etc. Marist
College cannot intervene or interfere with any
arrangements and transactions made between
you and your travel agency.


                                CONFIRM YOUR FLIGHT | Confirm your 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.

                                T R AV E L I N S U R A N C E | You may wish to
                                consider purchasing travel insurance to cover
                                lost or delayed luggage and trip cancellation/
                                interruption, etc. (You may be covered under
                                your parents’ homeowner’s insurance policy for
                                lost personal items.) Travel insurance is available
                                through your travel agent, or STA Travel, and
                                through the ISIC card. Visit STA Travel at www.
                       and for more
                                information. The health insurance provided by
                                MIP does NOT cover lost/delayed luggage or trip
                                cancellation or interruption.

                                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 for information on current
                                security regulations, banned items, and for tips
                                on what to expect at security check points.


                                   •    Turn in a copy of your flight itinerary
                                   •    Group flights available for programs
                                        with 10 or more students
                                   •    Keep a copy of your return flight
                                        information in a secure location.
                                   •    Know your airline’s luggage policy
                                   •    Visit for information
                                        on security procedures, what can be
                                        taken on board, etc.

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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 that you had while on campus and will not be billed for it.

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
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 THE SEMESTER | You will find it helpful if you put together
an estimated budget for your semester. Depending on the program in which you are enrolled,
your program fee may include tuition, housing, meals, and/or excursions. You should plan to
bring additional money to cover personal expenses, texts, supplies, and any other costs not
included in your program fee. Information on estimated costs, banking, and other money
matters is included in your pre-departure orientation packet.

CONFIRM FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE | Students should consult their financial aid advisors as
early as possible prior to departure. There are several points to keep in mind:

…   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.
…   Because of overseas mail delays, you may wish to give your parent(s) power of attorney in
    order for them to endorse your loan checks. Copies of the Power of Attorney should be


     sent to the Office of Financial Aid. A Power of Attorney is a legal document which should be
     executed with the adivce of an attorney who can prepare a document enforceable within
     your state and related to your personal needs.
…     Promissory notes must be signed by the actual borrower. If at all possible, apply early
     enough for your student loans (especially Federal Direct Stafford loans) to sign your
     promissory note before your departure.

MARIST COLLEGE STUDENTS | You may be eligible for financial aid awarded on campus,
with the exception of Federal Work/Study grants or athletic scholarships. You must apply for
financial aid through the Marist College Financial Aid Office, as usual. All decisions regarding
transferability of your financial aid are at the discretion of the Office of Financial Aid. Questions
about your award should be directed to that office (845-575-3230, or toll-free 1-800-436-5483).
Most program costs do not differ significantly from on-campus costs; consequently, adjustments
in your financial aid award are frequently not necessary or are minimal. However, financial aid
awards are individualized, so be sure to contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have questions
about your particular situation.

If you need your College Work/Study award in order to finance your international program, then
a Federal PLUS loan (if you meet the eligibility criteria) may be available to replace lost College
Work/Study funds. If you’re going away for the fall semester only, be sure to inform the Work/
Study Coordinator in the Office of Financial Aid that you intend to accept your College Work/
Study award for the spring semester; otherwise, your award will be canceled for the entire year,
and it is very difficult to have it reinstated.

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.

PAYING YOUR PROGRAM FEE | An invoice will be sent to your permanent address by the Marist
College Office of Student Accounts. Your account must be settled in full before your departure.
Billing for fall semester programs generally begins in July; bills will be sent out in November/
December for spring semester programs. If you do not receive an invoice, you should call Student

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Accounts at (845) 575-3231 to determine the amount owed to Marist College. Make all checks
payable to Marist College and make sure that your name and ID number are on the check to
ensure proper credit to your account. MasterCard and VISA are accepted. Accounts must be
settled by the settlement deadline regardless of whether or not an invoice has been received.

…    ACCOUNT SETTLEMENT DEADLINES | Settlement deadlines are set by the Marist
     College Office of Student Financial Services (SFS). Students are responsible for settling
     their accounts by the deadline set by the SFS. Students who have not made satisfactory
     financial arrangements by the deadline will be dropped from the program.
     applies for dependents of Marist College employees who are eligible for this entitlement.
…    FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE | If you will receive financial assistance for your semester abroad,
     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.

Students whose aid is processed through Marist College need not submit documentation of
federal loans or Marist College grants and scholarships, as the Marist College Financial Aid Office
will relay this information to Student Accounts.

Non-Marist students must provide official documentation of any loans, grants, etc. that they will
be using to pay the program fee. Documentation may be in the form of a consortium agreement
signed by your home institution, an award letter from your Financial Aid Office, or a bank loan
notification. If your home institution is processing your financial assistance, you are responsible
for making arrangements in advance to sign any loan checks and to have the financial aid funds
released to your Marist College student account. A copy of the document indicating your
authorization of release of funds from your home institution to Marist College must be sent to
the Marist College Students Accounts office before your departure. Checks sent by your home
institution should be directed to the Bursar at the Students Accounts Office and must include a
notation of your name and ID number to ensure proper credit to your student account.

PAYMENT PLAN | You may be interested in paying through an installment plan. Marist College
does not make individual payment arrangements but will accept payment through the TuitionPay
( payment plan. For information on these payment plans, please contact
TuitionPay at 1.800.635.0120. Payment plans are designed to relieve the pressure of lump
sum payments by allowing families to spread costs over a 10-month period. Arrangements
and payments must start months before the semester begins; joining late necessitates a large
initial payment.

LATE FEES | Accounts that are not settled before the settlement deadline may be assessed late
fees. Non-settlement may also result in inability to register for courses, transcript holds, and
delays in processing financial aid awards for future semesters.

COLLECTIONS | Accounts that remain unsettled at the end of the semester may be referred to
a collections agency, which may assess a collections fee.

READ THE POLICY ON REFUNDS | A copy of Marist International Programs’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 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 $1,000-$2,000. A few spend more lavishly: $4,000 or more on shopping, trips, and
other activities while abroad. It is also dependent on your study abroad 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 semester abroad include: Marist tuition, housing, perhaps meals
    if your program includes meals, transportation and housing on sponsored excursions, and
    medical 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.
…   Laws and the rate of unemployment will govern your ability to work while abroad. In most
    cases you must be a citizen of the country you wish to work in, or have a work permit.
…   Evaluate your expenses here in the US. How much do you spend on going out? How much
    on personal items? (i.e., haircuts, toiletries, clothing, CD’s, movies, concerts, 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….
…   WEEKEND TRIPS | (Those not scheduled as group outings) A weekend on the Great Barrier
    Reef, an Irish adventure, a climb in the Alps. Best to ask past travelers how much they
    spent. How will you get there? The train might cost less than air travel.
…   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, a radio, hairdryer, medicines, CD’s, etc.
…   RECREATION | Participation and spectator sports, theatre, movies, concerts, dance clubs,
…   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.

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…   FILM | Best bought in the USA. Film and processing overseas is expensive.
…   SCHOOL SUPPLIES | Minimal expense but some texts, notebooks, workbooks, pens,
    etc. might best be brought with you. Are you taking a fine arts course such as painting?
    Photography? Camera supplies, film, paint, brushes, canvases can be costly.
…   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,
…   buy ahead, double up with friends whenever you can, avoid impulse buying,
…   don’t get caught up in the “keep-up-with-the-Joneses” syndrome
…   shop for groceries for lunches rather than eating out,
…   keep a record of where your money is going,
…   combine trips so as to get several things done at once.
…   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 site city. Read, talk to those who’ve been there
    before, and pay attention to documentaries and TV news about places you might like to visit.


returning	to	campus	housing

VISITING STUDENTS | Please check with your home institution about on-campus housing
policies and procedures for your current housing situation and for the semester you return to
your home campus.

MARIST COLLEGE STUDENTS | Marist International Programs office provides the Office of
Housing and Residential Life with the names of students participating in the MIP in the upcoming
semester. It is your responsibility, however, to contact the Office of Housing directly regarding
any aspects of your current or future housing. (e.g., withdrawal from housing, room reservation,
deposit, etc.)

Students who leave campus housing to participate in the MIP are promised on-campus housing
on their return.

If you are currently planning to go abroad for a semester or academic year, you should:

…    check with the Office of Housing & Residential Life regarding Room Deposit procedure;
…    fill out a WITHDRAWAL FROM HOUSING FORM at the Office of Housing and Residential
     Life indicating you are going abroad next semester;
…    know that if your plans change, the Housing Office will work with you to provide housing.

WHILE YOU’RE ABROAD | Housing arrangements abroad vary by program and range from
homestays, apartments, and university or private residence halls. Given that standards of living
vary from country to country, you should expect some fundamental differences with respect to
comfort and conveniences. Electrical systems, heating systems, even the water pressure, may be
different from what you are accustomed to at home or on campus. Private student telephones
are rare and telephone use in homestays is either not permitted, or restricted; residence hall
students may share a public phone at the end of the hall. Keep in mind that flexibility is necessary
with regard to housing.

Every effort is made to place students in an environment which meets their needs and
preferences; however, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to accommodate all student
requests. Students on most programs will receive a specific housing assignment shortly prior
to departure for the program site.

MARIST COLLEGE STUDENTS | When you are coming back to Marist from your time abroad,
you should:

…    receive a reminder from the Housing Office (through Marist International Programs) that
     it’s time to pay the Room Deposit;
…    notify the Office of Housing and Residential Life in writing, whether through letter or e-mail,
     of your desire to return to College housing, where, with whom, and any other details;
…    contact the Housing office directly with housing questions. E-mail:
…    not worry about College Housing! The Housing Office guarantees a bed on campus to MIP
     students who lived on campus pre-departure and who want to return to campus housing.

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returning	to	an	internship	in	
the	u.s.

PRIOR TO GOING ABROAD | In addition to going abroad, many Marist College students also
participate in elective credit internships in the US.

An internship will allow you to integrate your academic studies with periods of employment
related to your major and your career goals. By participating in an internship you will get practical
experience in your major field of study and it will also give employers a chance to evaluate you
for professional positions.

Internships are available in all major areas of study at Marist. Students can do an internship
during the fall, spring or summer semesters. Since academic credit is awarded upon completion
of your internship, tuition must be paid according to the number of credits attempted.

As an intern you will get an opportunity to network, get real life experience, possible
compensation and a possible job offer after graduation.

In order to obtain an elective credit internship you must:

…    Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative gpa
…    Have a minimum 60 credits (juniors and seniors)
…    Make an appointment with the Center for Career Services
…    Register on Monstertrak (
…    Complete a Field Experience Supplementary Form

Contact the Center for Career Services at (845) 575-3547 to schedule an appointment with
Desmond Murray, Assistant Director of Field Experience, to apply for a US internship. Some
students at Marist are in majors that require an internship prior to graduation. These students will
need to meet directly with their internship faculty coordinator to discuss an internship placement.

If you follow these steps prior to studying abroad 1) you can obtain an internship for your return
semester at Marist before you leave the United States, or 2) you can set up interviews with
employers for after you return to this country.

Please visit the Center for Career Services website at for more

NOTE | Sophomores are eligible for internships on MIP programs only.


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; they may idealize home when theyare abroad, and upon their
return, they 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. They also may be irritated with American culture and
longing for parts of their 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.

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policies	&	statements
1.   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 I provide from my study abroad
     in marketing and promotional materials for study abroad and other college activities and
     programs. I understand that I retain all copyright and ownership of my photographs.
2.   I authorize Marist College to forward copies of my Marist College transcript, MIP appli-
     cation and academic record (and related documents) to Marist International Programs
     administrators and affiliates overseas. I understand that Marist College affiliates have the
     ability to approve or deny an application.
3.   I agree to immediately notify Marist International Programs in writing if I no longer wish
     to be considered for acceptance to a program abroad, or should I decide to cancel my
     enrollment for any semester for which I have been accepted.
4.   I agree that I am personally responsible for my conduct. I agree to abide by the laws of the
     country I visit. I understand that Marist College and Marist International Programs have
     no obligation to intercede or undertake to protect me from the legal consequences of
     violations of laws for which I am responsible.
5.   5. 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 program students found using or possessing illegal drugs
     in any form are subject to immediate expulsion. I agree to bear the costs of return trans-
     portation in this case, and to accept the withdrawal policy of the program.
6.   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 partici-
     pation in the program. I will comply with all reasonable directions and instructions by
     the program administrators. 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.
7.   I understand that Marist College cannot be held responsible for any injuries, loss, or dam-
     age to my person or property.
8.   Marist College reserves the right to alter or cancel any course or program at anytime when
     deemed appropriate due to unforeseen circumstances.
9.   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, or each semester start 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.


                            PAYMENT AND FINANCIAL AID POLICY

…    I understand that Marist College fees and charges are due before the departure date, or
     each semester start 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 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 at
…    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.

                                       PROGRAM WAIVER

This program involves studying and living in a dormitory, apartment or with a host family in the
host city. Group excursions and social/cultural activities are sometimes offered to participants.
Some trips 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, the group excursions, and in the activities included in the program and
have signed 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

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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 Marist International Programs. Your personal information will
not be shared with any third party.


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 Marist International
Programs. 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.

                                         A FINAL NOTE

Your semester(s) of study abroad will introduce you to many people whose lifestyles and cultures
differ from those to which you are accustomed. You will come into contact with not only host
country nationals, but citizens from many other countries who have immigrated to, or are also
students visiting your host country. In fact, your experiences on the program will probably be
quite different from what you expected. Getting the most out of your program depends on your
ability to adapt to new and challenging situations.

Expect the unexpected! Our staff in Poughkeepsie and the administrators at each program site
can assist you in adjusting to your new environment. However, we cannot anticipate the exact
course of events you might experience during the semester, nor can we make the world run as
we wish it would. For this reason, we reserve the right to alter or cancel a course or program
as needed.


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)  
A. Briggs Visa Expeditors             

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       

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Lorenzo de’ Medici                  
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  
Foundation for International Education
The London School of Economics      
University of Westminster           
UK Visas                            

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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acceptance	statement	form

                        Acceptance Statement – Marist International Programs

    Name: (please print)_____________________________________________________________________
                                          last                                             first

    •      E-Mail Address (please print CLEARLY): _____________________________________________
                                                            Marist College students must indicate Marist Foxmail account.

    •      Current Mailing Address (where we will send information during the semester pre-departure):

           __________________________________________________________________________Tel.     (_____)_____________
               city                        state             ZIP

    •      Permanent Mailing Address (for holidays/vacation period, and days prior to departure):

           ______________________________________________________________________________ Tel.     (_____)__________
               city                        state             ZIP

    •      Billing Address (if different from permanent):___________________________________________
           ______________________________________________________________________________Tel.      (_____)__________
               city                        state             ZIP

    •      Program Period: Fall 20____ Spring 20____            Academic Year 20____/____          Other____________

    •      City/Country of Study_____________________________________________________________

    •      Are you planning to do an internship abroad?                Yes                 No

    _____I will participate in the Marist International Program specified above.
            Enclosed is my NON-refundable program deposit of $300, which will be credited against my
            Marist International Programs fee.

               (Please make check payable to Marist College and indicate the name of the program in the
               check’s memo area. Please make sure your name appears on the check.)

    _____ I do NOT wish to participate in Marist International Programs and withdraw my application.
            Please indicate reason for withdrawal:

                        ____Financial            ____Academic       ____Medical          ____Personal

                        ____I plan to study abroad in another semester.        ____Other

    ________________________________________________________________________           _____________________________
                      Student signature                                                             Date

    Please return to:            Marist College
                                 Marist International Programs
                                 3399 North Rd.
                                 Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
                                 FAX: 845-575-3294
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     Name: _____________________________________ Program: ______________ Soc. Sec. #:_________________ Marist ID#__________________
     Major(s)____________________ Minor(s) ______________________  Sophomore  Junior  Senior Expected Graduation: Month:__Year:__
     The grid below will document your Marist International internship and course approvals. The 1st column will show the courses you plan to enroll in abroad. The
     4th column will show the Marist equivalent course you will receive credit for, with signed approval from the appropriate Dept. Chair in the last column.
     Flexibility is key; no guarantee is given that overseas courses will not be altered, cancelled, substituted or otherwise amended at any time.
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     Instructions: 1) On this side enter preferred courses. On the reverse side enter alternate courses.
                   2) The student and the academic advisor must sign both sides of this form.
                   3) Return the completed form to the MIP office no later than April 1 for Fall Programs and October 15 for Spring Programs.

     Important:     1)   Incomplete forms are NOT acceptable.
                    2)   It is the student’s responsibility to complete a new form and/or obtain advisor written approval for any course changes that may occur.
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                    3)   Grades earned abroad transfer to Marist, are posted on the Marist transcript, and factored into the Marist GPA.
                    4)   Credit cannot be earned for repeated courses. Do not select or enroll in a course abroad for which you’ve already received credit.

     INTERNSHIP ABROAD                                         INTERNSHIP CREDITS                 REQUIRED SIGNATURES
     Please indicate field: BUS, COM, PSYC, etc.               (3, 6, 9, 12)                      Internship Supervisor:              Dept. Chairperson:

     ______________________________________________           ________________________            _____________________________        ______________________________

                                                                                                                                                                        mip	course	approval	form

                                                CORE       ELECTIVE
                                                MINOR      MAJOR

                                                CORE       ELECTIVE
                                                MINOR      MAJOR

                                                CORE       ELECTIVE
                                                MINOR      MAJOR

                                                CORE       ELECTIVE
                                                MINOR      MAJOR

                                                CORE       ELECTIVE
                                                MINOR      MAJOR

     Student Signature: __________________________________________________________Date: __________

     Advisor Signature__________________________________ Advisor Name: (Please PRINT) _________________________________ Date: _______
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                                                MIP COURSE APPROVAL FORM


     Student Name (Please PRINT): _________________________________________________

     YOU MUST SELECT ALTERNATE COURSES in case preferred courses are closed, cancelled, conflict, etc.

                                      CORE    ELECTIVE

                                      MINOR   MAJOR

                                      CORE    ELECTIVE
                                      MINOR   MAJOR

                                      CORE    ELECTIVE
                                      MINOR   MAJOR

                                      CORE    ELECTIVE
                                      MINOR   MAJOR
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                                      CORE    ELECTIVE
                                      MINOR   MAJOR

     STUDENT SIGNATURE: ________________________________________________________________ Date: ___________________

     ACADEMIC ADVISOR SIGNATURE: _______________________________________________________       Date: ___________________

     ACADEMIC ADVISOR NAME: (Please PRINT) _______________________________________________

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     Name: ______________________________________ Tel: _________________ Soc. Sec. #:_________________ Marist ID#__________________
     Major(s)_________________________ _________________________ Minor(s) __________________________ _________________________

     Academic Standing:            Sophomore             Junior           Senior              Expected Date of Graduation: Month:_________ Year:_________
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     This form will document your MIP course approvals. The 1st column will show the LDM courses you wish to enroll in. The 2nd column will show the Marist
     equivalent course you will receive credit for. The last 2 columns will indicate the degree requirements the courses fulfill, and academic advisor approval.

     Instructions: 1) On this side enter preferred courses. On the reverse side enter alternate courses. Courses are subject to closure/cancellation. Flexibility is key.
                   2) The student and the academic advisor must sign both sides of this form.
                    3) Return the completed form to the MAP office no later than April 15 for Fall Programs and November 1 for Spring Programs.
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     Important:      1)   Incomplete forms are NOT acceptable.
                     2)   It is the student’s responsibility to complete a new form and obtain advisor approval for any courses selected later, and not listed on this form.
                     3)   Grades earned abroad are transferred to Marist, included in the Marist College transcript, and factored into the Marist GPA.
                     4)   Credit cannot be earned for repeated courses. Do not select/enroll in a course if the Marist equivalent is already credited on your Marist record.
                     5)   Marist course equivalents are listed on the LDM course schedule distributed to program participants, and available on the internet as well.
                     6)   Marist equivalent course changes and/or substitutions are not permitted on this form. LDM-Marist equivalents are on record with the Registrar.
                          Course substitutions must be approved by the Dean through the Waiver/Substitution of Requirements form available from the Registrar’s office.


      LDM COURSE # AND TITLE                    MARIST COURSE #/TITLE               CREDITS       REQUIREMENT FULFILLED                   ADVISOR SIGNATURE
                                                                                                   CORE      ELECTIVE
                                                                                                   MINOR      MAJOR

                                                                                                   CORE      ELECTIVE
                                                                                                                                                                               course	approval	form	-	italy

                                                                                                   MINOR      MAJOR

                                                                                                   CORE      ELECTIVE
                                                                                                   MINOR      MAJOR

                                                                                                   CORE      ELECTIVE
                                                                                                   MINOR      MAJOR

                                                                                                   CORE      ELECTIVE
                                                                                                   MINOR      MAJOR

     Student Signature: _______________________________________________________________                                 Date: ___________________

     Advisor Name (please PRINT): _______________________________________________________                                Date: ___________________
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                                              MAP COURSE APPROVAL FORM: ITALY
                         MAKE A COPY of this COMPLETED FORM BEFORE SUBMITTING to the MAP OFFICE

     Name: ______________________________________ Tel: _________________ Soc. Sec. #:_________________ Marist ID#__________________

     IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU SELECT ALTERNATE COURSES in case first choices are closed or cancelled:

                                                                           CORE     ELECTIVE

                                                                           MINOR    MAJOR

                                                                           CORE     ELECTIVE
                                                                           MINOR    MAJOR

                                                                           CORE     ELECTIVE
                                                                           MINOR    MAJOR
                                                                                                                                      course	approval	form	-	italy

                                                                           CORE     ELECTIVE
                                                                           MINOR    MAJOR

                                                                           CORE     ELECTIVE
                                                                           MINOR    MAJOR

     Student Signature: _______________________________________________________________     Date: ___________________

     Advisor Name (please PRINT): _______________________________________________________      Date: ___________________
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    international	internship	questionnaire

                                                 Marist International Programs
                              International Internship Placement Questionnaire

        Name ______________________________ Program_____________________ Date_______

        To assist in the internship placement process, please answer the questions below. This form will be faxed to
        the overseas internship coordinator. Therefore, PLEASE PRINT NEATLY IN BLACK INK. ATTACH A
        SEPARATE SHEET, IF NECESSARY, WITH YOUR NAME AT THE TOP. A copy of this completed form will
        also be sent to your Marist faculty internship supervisor.

        Please return this form, with your resume, to the Marist Abroad office, as soon as possible.

        1. Describe the type of internship you would like. Be as specific as possible. We will do our best to
           accommodate your first choice for internship placement; however, you must be flexible and be
           prepared to accept placement at a second, or third choice site, if necessary.

            First Choice:

           Second Choice:

           Third Choice:

        2. What do you hope to learn through your internship? What are your goals? What skills do you hope to

        3. Describe experiences that have prepared you for this internship. Refer to former jobs or internships,
           courses you have taken, or experiences in other cultures.

        Please read and sign below:
        I authorize the Marist College Abroad Program to release information about me (including this form, resume,
        academic information, work record) to persons or organizations desiring such information relative to an

        Signature___________________________________________________ Date_______________________

        Rev. 10/07                                                                PLEASE READ AND SIGN FORM ON REVERSE…

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internship	conditions

                                       MARIST INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS
                                          Marist Abroad Program (MAP)

                                  CONDITIONS for INTERNSHIPS ABROAD

    •   Placements: While MAP makes every effort to provide you with an internship placement for
        academic credit, we cannot guarantee a placement for you. Placements are dependent upon the
        availability of suitable positions and on an interview following your arrival overseas.

                •   If an internship placement does not occur, you would be expected to enroll in additional
                    courses for a full course load of 12 to 15 credits (full-time status).

    •   Schedules/Travel: When requesting a placement, you should be aware of the time that will be
        required (including travel to and from the internship location) and the possibility that you may
        have to intern during semester breaks. Holidays and semester breaks must be agreed upon with
        your internship placement supervisor.

    •   Required forms: The internship contract between you and the placement supervisor will note the
        hours, days, and length of the placement and a description of tasks/responsibilities. This form
        must be completed during your FIRST WEEK at the internship and faxed immediately to the MAP
        office (845-575-3294). On completion of the internship, an Evaluation Form will be completed by
        the placement supervisor and forwarded to the Overseas Program Resident Director. You should
        follow-up with your internship placement supervisor and your overseas resident director to ensure
        that the contract and evaluation are completed in a timely fashion and forwarded to the MAP

    •   Writing requirements: Weekly journals, a midterm paper, and a final paper are required for the
        internship. Your faculty internship advisor at Marist College may communicate other
        requirements, if any, to you. Written work must be sent to your internship advisor at Marist via e-
        mail, or fax, and by the deadlines set by your advisor. Weekly journals should be sent at the end
        of each week, and should include the number of hours worked that week.

    •   Determining grades: The placement supervisor’s evaluation of your performance, and your faculty
        advisor’s evaluation of your written work will be used to determine your grade for the internship.
        Marist College students normally receive a P/NC grade. Students from other colleges/universities
        will receive a letter grade (A-F).

    •   Credit changes: Credit changes in internships are very rare; they will be made only due to
        extreme circumstances, and only by written authorization of your Marist College faculty internship

    •   Credit hour requirements: 3 credits require 135 hours of fieldwork; 6 credits require 270 hours.

    •   Your commitment: An internship placement for academic credit is a serious commitment which,
        when accepted, must be fully and responsibly fulfilled. Internships are unpaid. Failure to fulfill
        your commitment may lead to failure of the internship course.

    I have received, read, and fully understand the conditions and requirements for the Marist Abroad Internship
    Program. I fully understand and agree to the conditions outlined above.

    Signature:________________________________________                       Date:________________

    Rev. 7/04


internship	learning	contract

                                                      Marist College
                                                 International Programs
                                            International Internship Program

                                                    Learning Contract
                                                Student and Internship Host

           Student Name                                                Schedule
           _________________________________                           Days: M T W T F S S
           E-Mail:                                                               (circle days scheduled)

           _________________________________                           Hours per week                 ____________
           _________________________________                           Total weeks                    ____________

           _________________________________                           Start Date:                    ____________
           _________________________________                           End Date:                      ____________


           Company/Organization ______________________________________________________

           Address __________________________________________________________________

           Supervisor’s Name ____________________________ Phone _______________________

           Supervisor’s Title _____________________________ E-mail ______________________

           Internship Job Description

           Student: I agree to work the agreed-upon schedule and to complete all internship requirements.


           Supervisor: I agree to supervise this student in an internship with my organization


           Required hours: 3 credits = 135 hours minimum
                            6 credits = 270 hours minimum
                            9 credits = 405 hours minimum
                           12 credits = 540 hours minimum

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internship	requirements

                                             Marist Abroad Program
                                             Internship Requirements

     Marist students will receive a grade of Pass or No Credit for the internship from a Marist instructor who will
     supervise the internship and grade the journal and papers. Students who are matriculated at another
     college/university may receive a letter grade, if required, for credit transfer to their home institution.

     √ REQUIRED HOURS: Work the number of hours required as per the number of credits you are seeking. Here is
     a breakdown:

                   Credits                                     Hours/Semester
                      3                                             135+
                      6                                             270+

     √   WEEKLY JOURNAL - Approximately 150 words, typed, this summary of your activities is due to be
         transmitted to your Internship Faculty Supervisor EACH WEEK. It may be delivered by e-mail or fax. These
         journal entries are required in order for you to receive a passing grade.
     √    TWO ASSIMILATION PAPERS – Two papers are required, one halfway through
     your internship and the other at the end of the internship. These papers require you to reflect on the cultural,
     theoretical, and professional dimensions of your internship experience, as outlined below. Note: Your Marist
     faculty supervisor may have additional, or revised instructions, for the journals and papers. Please follow the
     instructions of your Marist Faculty Supervisor for preparing and submitting your written work.

     Paper 1: Cultural Assimilation: Ranging from 6-10 double-spaced pages, this paper should analyze in depth the
     internship experience in terms of the society and culture in which you are working. The paper should detail how
     the host culture and society shapes the structure and functioning of your company/organization. Give specific
     examples from your workplace to support your analysis. Draw on what you learn in your classes and readings about
     the host culture, as well as what you learn in your experiences outside of class. You might also wish to draw
     comparisons and contrasts with what you know about the structure and functioning of the American workplace.

     The object of the paper is to provide you with an opportunity to relate to the workplace what you learn about your
     host culture outside the workplace. Quality is important. Support your paper with a bibliography of key articles and
     texts you have read. This paper is due at the end of the fifth week of your internship.

     Paper 2: Professional Assimilation: Ranging from 10-15 double-spaced pages, this paper should address
     comparisons between theory learned in your academic field and those lessons encountered in professional practice.
     You should choose a topic or concept that you learned in one of your college classes and apply the topic to your
     internship site. In the paper you should:
                        a. explain your understanding of the topic or concept you selected;
                        b. explain how the concept is applied/used at your internship company/organization based on
                             your personal observation.
     Be precise and objective. The object of the paper is to provide you with an opportunity to relate classroom learning
     to the workplace. Quality is important. This paper is due by the end of the last week of the internship.

     √ WORK EVALUATION - You must receive a satisfactory evaluation from your on-site work supervisor.

     Suggested topics for weekly journal entries:

     Typed, weekly journal entries of approximately 150 words are due at the end of each week starting with the first
     week of your internship. Journals can be delivered via e-mail or fax to your Marist faculty internship supervisor.
     Students are free to write about any aspect of their internships in their journals.

     Below is a series of suggested issues and topics that you may use as a guide. Since the length of internships vary
     according to each program site, feel free to choose topics from the list below that fit your particular schedule. Some
     internships may last only 6-8 weeks, and therefore you should not be bound by the sample schedule of journal topics
     listed below.


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.

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10	commandments	of	travel

                         THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF TRAVEL

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

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

      3.   Thou shalt 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 shalt 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 shalt 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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                                                             2010 – 2011
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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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                                                                                                                          
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                                                     
                                                                 
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                     
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                                                                                                              
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                                                  
                                          
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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!

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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
     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
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     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.

     Consular personnel can also provide assistance to crime victims.
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     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.

     For the latest student travel safety information, go to
     Contact Overseas Citizens Services:
                                                                                                            if	you	are	a	victim	of	a	crime	abroad

     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        ad
                                     protect yourself. Take Care.
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             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
             HAVE an actual medical emergency before finding out that your
             health insurance doesn’t cover it. Before you travel, check the
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             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.

             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
                                                                                                             staying	healthy	abroad

             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
                                                                           Safety Tipsoad
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                                                                            for   Going A
     Save the Bling for Back Home
     To avoid being a target of crime, don’t wear conspicuous clothing
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     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
     the Bureau of Consular Affairs website at
                                                                                            safety	tips	for	going	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 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.
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                                                    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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     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
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                                                                               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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     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)
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     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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