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Abroad Advisor: A - Z


Abroad Advisor: A-Z

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Academic Credit

When you study abroad, the good news is you may be able to either earn UC credit or receive transfer credit. Ask your academic advisor to help you choose coursework that fits into your major or minor.
  • UCEAP participants receive UCR credit.
  • Participants in the other programs can receive transfer credit.

Arrival Tips

  • When your plane lands in your host country, be patient and respond politely to questions. Immigration officials will ask you why you’re visiting their country and how long you plan to stay. They’ll examine your passport, visa and immunization certificates if they’re required. Hang in there! Depending on local practice, this could either go quickly or take a while.
  • Never joke about carrying bombs or illegal drugs. At the airport, be respectful and polite when customs officials ask you to declare—perhaps in writing—if you’re carrying certain items in your luggage. Customs will take your answers very seriously. Joking around may prompt them to call the police, who may detain you.
  • When you fly, dress neatly and be well-groomed. Immigration and customs officials sometimes view student travelers with suspicion. Look and be at your best!
  • Read our tips for planning transportation from the airport to your housing site.
  • When you get to your housing location, contact your parents and tell them you arrived safely!
  • In the first few days after you arrive, minimize jet lag by exercising, drinking a lot of water and going to sleep at bedtime in your new time zone. Don’t forget to set your watch and clocks to the time zone of your host country!

Checklist for Study Abroad Parents

Your level of involvement depends on your relationship with your student. To study abroad, your student will:
  • Complete a Student Profile Questionnaire and sign up for an Information Session using WEMS
  • Attend the Information Session.
  • Ponder these questions
  • Decide on whether he or she wants to go on UCEAP or another program, which program and where.
  • Check the U.S. Department of State’s Travel Warnings list to see if the country where he or she wants to go is on there.
  • Read UCEAP Travel Warning Policy.
  • Sign up for an Application Workshop.
  • Mark their calendars with important deadlines, which he or she will learn about at the Application Workshop.
  • Apply for their program by the deadline.

    If your student is selected, they will:
    • Follow the guidelines of their selected program.
    • Check with their study abroad advisor at the Study Abroad Office to get appropriate forms.
    • Complete and submit pre-departure documents.
    • Check MyUCR Abroad for information about his or her program.
           They will need to select Guest Account for login.
  • Check their R’Mail often for correspondence from the Study Abroad Office and other organizations that will send official information about his or her program.
  • Work with his or her academic advisors to develop their course plan.
  • Apply for a passport and visa.
  • Take care of health care tasks, such as getting health clearance if he or she is going on a UCEAP, get vaccinated, get insurance.
  • Keep his or her grades up and conduct in good standing.
  • Look for financial aid and scholarships
  • Attend mandatory meetings and orientation.
  • Research the food, culture and news of their host country.
  • Make travel and living arrangements, which he or she will learn more about in the Study Abroad meetings.
  • Read Abroad Advisor: A-Z to help prepare!

Cultural Adjustment

While you chose to study or work abroad to experience a new culture, you’ll most likely get homesick and feel culture shock in the weeks after you arrive. The following may ease your mind:
  • Remember you’re not alone! Most people have difficulty adjusting to a new culture, whether their home country is the U.S. or if they’re an international student studying in America.
  • Be patient. While you’ve done your homework by researching your host country, you may not feel it’s what you hoped for right away. Give yourself time to get past what’s “missing.” You will adapt and eventually experience what you sought when you chose your program.
  • Talk to someone. Homesickness affects all of us at some point. When you feel homesick, don’t feel like you made the wrong choice by going abroad. This is a phase. Talk to a counselor, family member, roommate or another student about your feelings. Chances are you’ll meet students who feel the same way! You may also find that the feeling diminishes once you express it.
  • Go ahead. Skype ‘em. If you really miss your family and friends, video chat with them in real-time using Skype or Google+ Hangout.
  • Bring a piece of home with you. When you pack, bring mementos that remind you of home. Use them to decorate your room. We may remember to do this anyway, but may take for granted how meaningful it is when we’re actually away from home.
  • Prepare to be “The American.” Many students who work or study abroad find they’re often asked to speak on behalf of the United States. This may be expected of you even during casual conversation. Think about this before you go: Do you know enough about your native country to talk about it? Your friends abroad may ask you everything from American history and politics to celebrities, sports and fashion. Think about Gulliver in “Gulliver’s Travels.” Whereever his ship went, he faced question after question about his homeland, and always was able to answer.

Financing

Studying abroad is affordable and there are many options to help you pay for it. Some helpful resources:

Health Clearance

If you are participating in Education Abroad, you must get a health clearance. It’s mandatory. Please follow these guidelines!

CALL the UCR Student Health Services at (951) 827-3031 to make an appointment with the Travel Clinic. ALL education abroad students must see the UCR Student Health Services regardless if they have the University Student Health Insurance Program (USHIP) or not. Please make this appointment as early as possible! They only accommodate a few students a day and get busy. Be prepared to provide them with the following information:

  • Indicate that you are an Education Abroad student
  • The program you are doing (UCEAP, UCRSSA, or OAP)
  • Your host country(ies)/travel destination(s)
  • Your program's start and end dates (travel itinerary)

BEFORE your appointment, complete the online form will be available at https://chconline.ucr.edu . The student will use their netID to log in and complete the form prior to their appointment. After scheduling their appointment the student must complete the following in preparation for their visit:

  • The online questionnaire found in the patient portal 
  • The student immunization form found in the patient portal under the forms section
  • Upload a copy of immunization record where indicated in the immunization form
  • Upload a copy of the certificate of completion of the Online Travel Course with the immunization the immunization record in the immunization form
  •  The link to the Online Travel Course is http://www.eap.ucop.edu/Documents/HealthClearance/Travel_Health_Course_Instructions.pdf.

  • The course will take 60-90 minutes to complete STEPS 1-3.

Students will be asked to reschedule and a late-cancellation fee of $20 will be charged if the above items are not completed prior to the visit.

GO to your appointment. Your initial consultation, or health screening, will be with the registered nurse at the Travel Clinic. The cost is included for USHIP students and is free for non-USHIP students. Please share with the travel nurse any allergies you had in the past, or digestive problems. Some students have discovered that “old” allergies or other health issues that are “under control,” may reappear when they live in a new environment. The nurse will either provide you with any new or updated immunizations at this point or ask you to make another appointment. If you are a non-USHIP student, you can get your immunizations from your private doctor.

  • At this time, the travel nurse will also make you a second appointment to meet with the Campus Health Center physician for your required physical, which ALL students must receive at the UCR Campus Health Center!

GO to your second appointment, which will be with the Campus Health Center physician. The cost is included for USHIP students; however, there will be an out-of-pocket cost for non-USHIP students. You cannot miss this appointment! The physician will finalize the health clearance process and provide you an International Certificate of Vaccination Card, issued through the World Health Organization (WHO). This card is proof that you received all of your necessary vaccines. Please carry this card with you when you travel to your host country and any other countries you may visit!

  • A finalized Health Clearance form will be completed for you, which the Campus Health Center will forward on your behalf to the appropriate education abroad program provider office (UCEAP, UCRSSA, or OAP office).

AFTER your appointments. Make copies of your Confidential Health History form(s) and your new International Certificate of Vaccination Card and take them with you abroad in case you need medical attention.

Students with Special Needs

  • If you have a disability or a chronic condition that requires special accommodations, please inform your Education Abroad Advisor at the UCR Education Abroad Office as soon as possible, so that the appropriate accommodations can be prepared for in advance.

If You Want to See Your Own Doctor

  • You can get your immunizations and vaccines from your private doctor or primary care physician, as long as they meet the standards outlined by the UCR travel nurse. Therefore, it is a requirement that ALL education abroad students make their initial consultation and health screening FIRST with the travel nurse at the UCR Campus Health Center regardless if they have the University Student Health Insurance Program (USHIP) or not. The travel nurse will then provide you with any necessary documents that you will take to your private doctor. Be sure to bring these documents back with you when you return for your second appointment to get your physical completed with the Campus Health Center physician.

 

Health Insurance

If you’re going on a UC Education Abroad Program (UCEAP), you must have international medical insurance. As a UCEAP participant, you’re automatically covered by the UCEAP insurance plan. No need to take action to activate it. Your plan starts 14 days before the official start date of your program and lasts until 31 days after the official end date of your program. Learn more.

Health, Safety and Security

How Healthy is Your Host Country?
We encourage study abroad participants to research the health issues common in your host country months before you depart. Check the Destinations page on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
Personal Needs
Running out of prescriptions meds, losing our eyeglasses, getting sick or injured. These are things that can happen anytime, anywhere. But when we’re far from home, they may not only be inconvenient, they can become serious problems. While we want to expect the best from our time abroad, it’s OK to prepare for the worst. Some tips:
  • Research the health issues common in your host country months before you depart. Check the Destinations pageon the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website.
    • Do you have special medical needs? If so, check in with the UCR Campus Health Center, your doctor and your host country’s embassy. Ask them if you can easily access your medications in your host country or if you can bring them. For example, if you’re diabetic and need insulin injections, ask them if importing your injection kit is legal. If they don’t know, ask them how you can find out.
    • When you leave for your host country, take extra prescription drugs in their original containers. Make sure your containers clearly show the prescription numbers on the labels. Bring copies of your prescriptions and a list of generic names in case your host country doesn’t offer the brand name.
      • Bring extra eyeglasses or contact lenses and the written prescription. Take backup supplies of contact lens solution in case it isn’t readily available.
      • Learn about the dietary customs and the availability of certain foods in your host country. If you take vitamins, bring enough to last your entire stay abroad.
      • Take a small first-aid kit packed with adhesive bandages, antibiotic ointment, aspirin or acetaminophen and anti-diarrhea medicine.
      • Bring a lot of condoms and always use them! This applies to both men and women. Because condom brands in other countries may not be reliable, it’s a good idea to bring latex condoms from home—enough to last your entire time abroad. Make sure to carry condoms with you wherever you go.
Sexual Behavior
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)— gonorrhea, syphilis, herpes and hepatitis B—continue to be big health risks for travelers in just about every country. The HIV virus, which is responsible for AIDS, is not only transmitted sexually but also through contaminated hypodermic needles and infected blood supplies (see Drug Use below).
Inoculations & Vaccines
  • Get vaccinated! Some countries have immunization requirements you’ll need to fulfill before departing. Do this with your doctor or the travel nurse at the Campus Health Center. Tell your healthcare providers about the other countries you plan to visit while abroad.
  • Ask your health care providers about vaccines such as for Hepatitis A and B and for the flu. Get these before you leave.
  • Start the vaccination process six months before you leave so you can complete the series in time.
  • Ask your health care provider for an International Certificate of Vaccination card, issued through the World Health Organization (WHO). This proves you received all of your necessary vaccines. Take this card with you when you travel to your host country and the other countries you visit!
Alcohol
While living in another country, you may find alcohol to be more readily available than here at home. But if you overdo it on the alcohol intake, it can ruin your whole experience abroad. You have the power to prevent this from happening:
  • Know your limits. Drinking too much can put you in dangerous situations and can prompt you to act recklessly. Remember that your actions can result in dismissal from the program and UCR. You may even be reported to Student Judicial Affairs (SJA). Don’t let this happen to you!
  • Know the culture. Before departing, learn about the drinking laws and cultural standards in the countries in which you plan to live and travel. Don’t feel pressured to drink more than you wish because you think you may offend another culture. Check with your Study Center Director or program coordinator for some moral support on this.
  • Know how much you’re consuming. Be conscious of the alcohol percentage in your beverage. In another country, the alcohol level in a drink may be much higher than the same drink in the U.S.
  • Keep an eye on your drink.Don’t accept drinks from anyoneother than the server and don’t leave your drink unattended. “Date rape drugs” such as GHB (Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid) and Rohypnol are known as contributors in sexual assault. These drugs are colorless, odorless and undetectable when slipped into drinks. But the symptoms are severe:
    • GHB can lead to loss of consciousness, amnesia, coma and death. Effects can occur within 15 minutes and last up to 4 hours.
    • Rohypnol causes extreme intoxication, memory loss and blackouts. Resulting sleep can last for 6 to 8 hours, leaving you vulnerable to robbery and physical or sexual assault.
Drug Use
In other countries, using or carrying mind-altering, non-prescription drugs can pose huge risks—not just to our overall health but also legally and culturally. If you’re caught abusing or carrying drugs while abroad, you may be dismissed from your program and UCR. You may be also reported to Student Judicial Affairs. Keep in mind:
  • While abroad, you not only represent UCR but also the U.S.
  • Never accept drugs from anyone, including friends.
  • Never agree to transport packages for anyone while traveling abroad. Drug trafficking penalties vary from country to country and can include prison or the death penalty. The U.S. government may not be able to help you once you’re in the hands of foreign authorities.
  • Don’t use illicit or recreational drugs!
  • Don’t share hypodermic needles—a major source of transmitting HIV and many other diseases.
  • Did you know that in some countries, even disposable equipment may be reused? Don’t use, or allow the use of, contaminated, unsterilized syringes or needles for any reason.

Info Sessions

Information Sessions are your first stop to going abroad. Offered at the Study Abroad Office, these general information sessions outline the available programs and the steps to help you make it happen. Learn which program is right for you! Attend an Informational Workshop to get started.

Language

Even if you struggle in language classes, you can still enjoy an enriching experience by studying in a non-English-speaking country. Some tips:
  • Take the pre-requisite language class required by your program provider.
  • Use online tools such as Rosetta Stone or listen to “learn-language” podcasts while walking to and from class.
  • Use the buddy system. Ask friends who speak the language of your host country to practice with you. If they’re international students attending UCR, you may be able to help them with English!
  • Post index cards all over your dorm room or apartment. On your door, post an index card with the translation of the word “door” so you remember what it means in your host country’s language and so on.
  • Listen to songs of that culture. You may find that having a relationship with the arts of your host country accelerates your learning.
  • Read translations of your favorite American books or watch foreign films of your host country, which have English subtitles.
  • Write in the language of your host country. Do this everyday!
  • When you go abroad, create a cheat sheet of commonly used words and phrases with translations.

Local Cuisine

Panda Express. Habanero’s. Yogurtland. Ray’s Pizza. We love to eat at these places and appreciate their convenient locations! But when we live abroad, it can be a totally different story. What we rely on for comfort food here, whether it’s In-N-Out burgers or mac ‘n’ cheese, may not be available in our host countries. Adapting to food in another country is a big part of our cultural adjustment:
  • Research the local cuisine. Even if the food was a deciding factor when you chose your destination, the cultural foods you order at home may taste completely different when you order that same dish in its original country. Find out what ingredients are in the dishes of your host country. In Italy, a pizza is simply garlic, basil and tomatoes on thin crust. At a restaurant in China or Hong Kong, dim sum may taste completely different than it does at your favorite Southern California dim sum place.
  • Get used to a different schedule. Mealtimes depend on the culture. In some countries, dinner might be after 10 p.m. While in others, dinner might be during the lunch hour.
  • If you have special eating habits or dietary restrictions, check with your study abroad advisor at the IEC for resources on local cuisine. The food you need may not be available.
  • While abroad, try new foods in clean and safe environments.
  • Remember, food is an essential part of every culture and their customs. Enjoy it “with an open heart and an empty stomach,” as they say on “Iron Chef.” Many students who’ve studied and lived abroad discover international foods and beverages they love, then return with tastes that shape how they eat and drink for the rest of their lives.

Money

When you live in or travel to another country, you’ll need to pay for things with your destination’s currency. Prepare for the dollars and cents of living abroad:
Exchanging Money
Before leaving home, learn the exchange ratebetween U.S. dollars and the local currency. When preparing a budget for your time abroad, think in the local currency.
  • As you’re leaving, exchange enough money at the airport exchange bureau to get you through the first few days abroad.
  • When you arrive in your host country, exchange your American dollars for the local currency. Shop around for the best exchange rates. If the U.S. dollar is strong, save money by exchanging all your money at once. Remember, the exchange rates fluctuate each day.
  • Don’t exchange your money with people on the street—the “black market.” This is illegal in most countries.
  • As you near the end of your time abroad, exchange only as much money as you’ll need. Some countries may limit the amount of local currency you can change back into U.S. dollars. Keep all of your original exchange receipts to avoid any problems with re-exchanging.
Spending Money
  • ATMs are available in more and more locations throughout the world, especially Western Europe. In some countries, U.S. ATMs connect with those abroad. Before you leave, ask your bank if it’s part of an international network. This way you can use your ATM card to withdraw cash in the local currency from your U.S. bank account. Ask your bank for a worldwide directory of its ATMs.
  • Use traveler's checks; it’s the safest way to carry money abroad. If you lose them or if they’re stolen, they can be replaced. Keep the check numbers separate from the checks and in a safe place. Traveler’s checks in U.S. dollars are accepted worldwide. You can also buy them in other major currencies, such as Eurodollars, German marks and Japanese yen. Most banks and travel agencies sell traveler’s checks for about 1 percent of the total amount you buy.
Emergency Money
  • Some options for getting money from home in an emergency:
Wiring Money
A family member or friend can wire cash or traveler’s checks to you through companies such as Western Union or an American Express office. This option is quick but expensive.
Postal money orders.
A family member or friend can buy a money order from a U.S. post office and send it to you. You’ll be paid the amount of the money order at a post office in your host country. While inexpensive, postal money orders are slow. It can take can the same amount of time to receive them as it would to receive an airmail letter.
Credit Cards
Before you depart, check with your credit card company about cardholder privileges abroad. Credit cards come in handy during an emergency or unexpected travel expense. Also ask your credit card company if it has offices in your host country so you can get a replacement if it’s lost or stolen.
Personal Checks
Some study abroad programs allow students to cash their checks at local banks. You can also open a bank account abroad. Check with your credit card company to see if it offers check-cashing privileges.
Lost or Stolen Money
  • Keep handy the phone numbers for your credit card company, bank and the issuer of your traveler’s checks. Call them immediately if you lose your credit cards or travelers checks, or if they’re stolen.
  • Keep your money safe. Carry only as much money as you need for a day. Be careful when using ATMs. Keep your purse with you at all times; tuck it firmly under your arm or wear it across your chest if it has a long strap. Consider wearing waist pouches or money belts under your clothing.

(Common) Myths

Myth: You have to be a junior to study abroad.
Fact: Sophomores are eligible to participate in many study abroad programs. So freshmen, apply now to go next summer, fall, or year! Seniors are often able to study abroad as well, even in their last semester.

Myth: You have to have a 3.0 GPA to study abroad.
Fact: A GPA of 2.0 is now enough for many programs. For EAP, you can see specific GPA requirements here. The Other UC & Non-UC Programs also offer flexibility in terms of minimum GPA.

Myth: Study abroad only has yearlong options.
Fact: Both UCEAP and the other programs have short-term options that take place during the summer, winter, spring and fall.

Myth: You have to be fluent in a foreign language.
Fact: There are many study abroad programs in countries where English is the primary language. But for programs in non-English speaking countries, some language prerequisites are minimal.

Myth: You have to live with a foreign family if you study abroad.
Fact: There are many housing options for study abroad students, including living in dorms and apartments with other Americans or students from all over the world.

Myth: Study abroad is for history, art, literature or music students who want to learn about those fields in the country they plan to visit.
Fact: While it’s wonderful to study the Renaissance in Florence, Italy, it’s not the only formula for studying abroad. Studying, interning, teaching or volunteering in another country is valuable to all students regardless of their major.

Myth: I could never afford it.
Fact: The cost of many programs is about the same as it is to study at UCR for the same time period. If you go to the country where the U.S. dollar is strong, it may even cheaper! That includes airfare and all living expenses. Get tips for financing your study abroad experience.

Myth: It’s too competitive. l’d never get accepted.
Fact: Most study abroad applicants who meet minimum qualifications are accepted.

Myth: Studying abroad would delay my graduation.
Fact: With careful planning, you can make normal progress toward your degree. Most study abroad students do just that. See “Your 4-Year Plan”.

Myth: Studying abroad is just for students who want to go to Europe.
Fact: A majority of study abroad countries are not in Western Europe. EAP sends students to every continent except Antarctica. If you study on another UC or non-UC program, you have more options for host countries that are all over the globe. Also, there are scholarships that only offer awards to students who study in East or Southeast Asia or underrepresented areas such as Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Myth: There’s no value in studying abroad unless you’re a foreign language major.
Fact:Students from every major who’ve studied abroad gain a great deal from the experience. In today’s global economy, having international experience on your résumé makes you highly marketable.

Obtaining A Visa And Passport

Go directly to the U.S. State Department website for information.

Questions To Ask

Pondering these questions can help you to clarify your goals and reasons for going abroad. There are no right or wrong answers. The key thing is answering them honestly so you can choose the best program for you!
Personal Considerations
  • Why do you want to study abroad? To foster personal growth, to experience a different academic environment, to become proficient in another language, to develop your career development or to travel? What do you hope to gain?
  • What personal experiences can you draw from that would contribute to your success abroad? Have you already had an overseas experience? Made foreign friends or been exposed to other cultures and languages? How familiar are you with the country or countries you’re considering? Have you lived or traveled in a poor or developing country?
  • How well do you adjust to new situations? Do you need an extensive support network? Do you have friends who are planning to be abroad at the same time?
  • In which countries, regions and climates would you be comfortable studying and living? Where would you definitely not want to go? To what extent do you want to become more familiar with your own heritage? How much do you want to build on what you already know culturally or do you want to experience something completely different?
Academic Considerations
  • How important is it for you to receive academic credit for your coursework abroad?
  • Do you want or need to pursue coursework primarily or exclusively toward your major? Your minor? GE requirements? A combination?
  • Do you want or need to emphasize study of the language and culture of your host country or something else?
  • Would you rather pursue a traditional university-based academic program over a program involving practical experience, research, fieldwork or independent study?
  • Do you want to be fully immersed in the academic life of your host country, studying alongside students of that country? Or would you rather study with a combination of host country students and foreign students? With only other foreign students? With only Americans?
  • Who will teach you? University professors from the host institution? Other host country nationals? U.S. faculty members? What are your teacher’s qualifications?
  • When in your academic career, would it be most logical or practical for you to study overseas?
  • How will this experience help you to qualify for graduate school or meet your career goals?
Practical Considerations
  • Which country or countries interest you? City or cities? Do you want to be in a large cosmopolitan city, a small town or rural environment?
  • Are you looking for challenge and adventure, or a more predictable experience?
  • Do you want to do community service, teach or intern in the host country?
  • Do you want to be in more than one location? What are the pros and cons?
  • How long are you interested in living abroad? A year, semester, quarter, summer, a few weeks? How long are you willing to be away from your family and friends?
  • Would you like to live only with people from your host country or would you be more comfortable with other foreigners or Americans? Do you want to live with a family, in a boarding house, dorm or an apartment? Are you willing to live in less luxurious conditions than those in California?
  • Will you need to know a foreign language to live and study successfully in your host country? What foreign language skills do you have or will you develop before you depart? Are you willing and able to pursue an academic program completely in a foreign language? Would you prefer to combine language studies with other coursework in English?
  • How much money do you have at your disposal to participate in a program abroad? Do you have other resources that you can use if necessary? Do you qualify for financial aid? Are you willing to spend some time and energy applying for special scholarships? Or work extra hours before going abroad?
  • Do you want to go on a study abroad “program,” where housing, meals and administrative arrangements are taken care of for you? Or would you prefer to work things out on your own?
  • How healthy is your desired location—such as the air and water? Is it safe?
  • Do you have health concerns or special needs that could pose problems while abroad, such as physical disability, learning disability or special diet?
  • Are you willing to follow strict health guidelines to travel abroad—such as getting vaccines and international medical insurance? Are you willing to pay additional health insurance fees or do they have to be part of the program fees?
  • Have you thought about what health care in your desired country is like? What health care facilities are available in your desired location?

Returning Home

When you return from studying or working abroad, you may be surprised to experience reverse culture shock. Just as you had a hard time adapting to your host country, you’ll have to get used to things in the U.S. Perhaps you left some new favorite places and hobbies behind. Maybe you fell in love with someone from your host country. Or perhaps you grew to enjoy your independence and the space you had to change in profound ways. Here are some tips to help you get with “re-entry”—adapting to the realities of home—once you return.
  • Be patient. As you were when you first got to your host country, be patient as you readapt at home. Realize you may feel disengaged from your friends at home. Remember that a lot changed for you while you were abroad. A lot may have changed for your friends at home, too. Most important, remember that you are not alone! Difficulty with re-entry happens to many students who return from studying or working abroad. In fact, this phase may be more challenging than the culture shock of moving to the host country.
  • Manage your expectations. Because you may miss your host country, you’ll be tempted to talk about your experiences with your friends and family members. Don’t take it personally if they are not as excited to hear about your experiences or don’t care. Remember that what you experienced abroad is truly your own and will have a tremendous impact on the rest of your life.
  • Talk to someone. If re-entry is too difficult to go through alone, talk to a counselor who can help you through whatever you’re feeling, whether it’s irritability, frustration or sadness.
  • Seek like-minded individuals. At home, look for ways you can enjoy the culture of your host country. Look for local groups who also have an affinity for your host country and have lived there themselves. You may even make new friends!
Selecting a Program
Student Service
  • Study Abroad Office’s travel resource library. Visit the library during the Study Abroad Office business hours to look at hundreds of guides, maps and brochures about other countries and programs offered.
  • International student ID card Page. It’s the only internationally recognized student ID card. Use this to save money on travel, shopping, museums and more around the world.
  • Pre-departure workshops. Go to our WEMS system to sign up for workshops to help you get started on your abroad experience.
  • Staff advising. While preparing to go abroad, you’ll have questions, lots of them. Make an appointment with an advisor at the Study Abroad Office to help you understand the process of applying for a program and other steps.

Student Conduct and Academic Integrity

The Student Judicial Affairs Office on campus recommends that UC Riverside faculty review and access the following documents and forms prior to and during the 2011 Summer Study Abroad Program.

Please contact the Summer Sessions Office about the application of these resources and/or any additional questions.

Travel Resources

Get resources at Travel & Safety

Travel Warning Policy

While UCR encourages students to participate in educational opportunities throughout the world, we do not endorse participation in areas with recognized regional dangers or instabilities as determined by the U.S. State Department.
How this affects EAP
  • If the U.S. State Department issues a travel warning, UCR will not allow students to participate in a program in that country through UCEAP. The UCEAP suspend operations in that region. If the other program does not follow suit, UCR may allow UCEAP participants to transfer over to an ‘Other Program’ status to continue their studies in the affected country.
How this affects Other UC & Non-UC Programs
  • The Study Abroad Office strictly advises prospective other program participants to not enter in travel warning countries and will counsel you extensively to help you consider and look for alternatives.
  • Regardless of whether a U.S. State Department travel warning is in effect, we require all other program participants to sign a Waiver of Liability before departure.
  • If the U.S. State Department issues a travel warning after the other program has started, and UCEAP discontinues in that country, we’ll advise the students in the other program in the region about the travel warning. If the other program sponsored by other organizations continue to operate in travel warning countries, we strongly encourage UCR students to withdraw from these programs and leave the area.
  • If you’re determined to enter go on another program in countries with travel warnings, follow these steps to apply for another program. Monitor the Overseas Security Advisory Council for news about your destination.

UCR Principles of Community

The University of California Riverside is committed to equitable treatment of all students, faculty, and staff.

UCR's faculty, staff, and students are committed to creating an environment in which each person has the opportunity to grow and develop, and is recognized for his or her contribution.

There are three objectives that our campus must strive toward in order to achieve these goals:

    1. First, we must ensure that we have an environment that nurtures the intellectual and personal growth of our students, faculty and staff.
    2. Second, we must ensure that our campus sets an example of respect for all people.
    3. Third, we must ensure that our campus is a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.

We take pride in the diversity of the campus community and in ourselves by using the campus environment as a place, committed to academic integrity, where all members are encouraged to use their unique talents to enrich the daily life of the community in which they live, work, teach and learn. Respect for differences and civil discourse must become the hallmark of how we live and work together to build our community of learners at UCR.

We as members of the University of California Riverside affirm our responsibility and commitment to creating and fostering a respectful, cooperative, professional and courteous campus environment. Implicit in this mutual respect is the right of each of us to live, study, teach, and work free from harassment or denigration on the basis of race/ethnicity, age, religious or political preference, gender, transgender, sexual orientation, nation of origin, or physical abilities. Any violation of this right by verbal or written abuse, threats, harassment, intimidation, or violence against person or property will be considered a violation of the principles of community that are an integral part of the University of California’s focus, goals and mission. (and subject to sanction according to University policies and procedures)

We recognize that we will all need to continually work together to make our campus community a place where reason and mutual respect among individuals and groups prevail in all forms of expression and interaction.

Volunteering, Peer Advising and Study Abroad Office Employment

Whether you’re a former study abroad student or a student who wants to help international students adapt to their new surroundings at UCR, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the Study Abroad Office. Here are a few: Global Opportunities Abroad Leader (GOAL). Help UCR students experience cultural enrichment while enhance your leadership skills. Student Volunteers. Work at our exciting Worldfest Study Abroad Fair, help moderate panels, host workshops and host study abroad tables at events. Student Interns.Earn extra money while pursuing your passion of helping UCR to cultivate global citizens. Gain experience for this paid position by becoming a GOAL first.
What Classes Should I Take?
When you study abroad, you can take courses that fulfill your major, minor, elective and general education requirements. During your application process, make sure you work with your academic advisors to carefully plan what courses to take while maintaining your progress toward completing your degree. If you’re going on an EAP, check out the UCEAP course catalog.
Why Study Abroad?
Find out why (view under 'Why should I study abroad?').
Your 4-Year Plan
A big question the Study Abroad Office hears when students want to study abroad is: Will I be able to graduate in four years? With careful planning the answer is “Yes!”
Here’s how to make it happen.
  • Plan early. Visit the Study Abroad Office in your freshman year! It’s never too early to learn about international opportunities. With all of the options available, it may take a while to find the perfect program that fits your personal goals, academics and finances.
  • Research courses in your major. Check out Study in Your Major  to learn what courses you can take so you can meet your academic credit goals.
  • Talk with your academic advisor. Your academic advisor will play a key role in helping you to choose programs that help you to meet graduation requirements. Keep the conversation with him or her going as you plan!

More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Contact Information

Education Abroad
0321 Surge Building

Tel: (951) 827-4113
E-mail: educationabroad@ucr.edu

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