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Getting Ready

Gordon offers students opportunities to study off-campus in programs that range from language immersion to environmental studies. There are semester programs and international seminars which run after the Christmas break and in the summer.

There are different ways to approach your semester study abroad. Do you want a program that fits with your major, where you can earn credit for your Political Science, or English major for example? Or are you looking for a program where you can explore the critical issues and questions related to a region such as the Middle East, Eastern Europe, or Latin America? What are your academic and personal goals for a semester abroad?

For a full list of programs visit our Programs page.

SO WHERE TO BEGIN?

There are the Practicalities of Culture Crossing (e.g. travel, getting around, vaccinations, travelling with prescriptions meds, security, etc.). Then there is the Cultural Dimension of Culture Crossing which is more subtle. It's all too easy for those of us who are North Americans to assume that just as US English is the lingua franca of the business world, ours is the cultural lingua franca that our "normal" is globally normative, but it's not.

As you consider studying or interning internationally, plan and prepare yourself. To get the most out of this experience you need to invest in the process of preparation as well as re-entry. Here's some general recommended reading:

  • A Student’s Guide to Study Abroad, published by the Institute of International Education (the ebook is only $6.00)
  • The Art of Crossing Cultures, Craig Storti
  • Figuring Foreigners Out, Craig Storti (highly practical, not anthropological)

For the Practicalities of Culture Crossing:

Find out as much as you can about where you're going:

For info on being a student abroad from documents and packing lists to finances:

VISASDo you need one or not for your semester abroad? That is the question. For information on entry requirements for a specific country, please go to the Entry/Exit Requirements section in the Country Specific Information for the country you are interested in. We also encourage you to go to Consulate website for the country to which you're going as visa requirements are changing rapidly.

For the Cultural Dimension of Culture Crossing:

Culture Crossing Guide is a good place to start with very basic info and no interpretation. So, while it may not help you with cultural understanding, it will help with navigational basics of the place to which you’re going. Under the GET TO KNOW YOUR WORLD option on the right, select your country from the pull down menu and find some helpful (if preliminary information).

The Adjustments and Culture Shock site provides a useful definition and some ways to spot and mitigate Culture Stress. Useful links and at the bottom of the page there are lots of resources, from links to eDiplomat's info on Etiquette around the world to sources for re-entry to help with the process of coming home.

Country and Culture Info: links to Language Learning and Information as well as Resources for Arabic, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin American and Spanish culture.

MONEY, SECURITY & MORE

MONEY

SECURITY

For news alerts and country-specific information, go to the Overseas Security Advisory Council site.