Welcome to the Spring 2014
Study Abroad Madrid
Pre-Departure Orientation!
Intercultural Competence
Top 5 Goals of Billikens Abroad
1. Gain a greater understanding of different cultures
2. Travel within and around the host country
3. Growth in self-awareness
4. Growth in interpersonal skills and adaptability
5. Gain a different perspective on American culture
Intercultural Competence:
What? Why? How?
What: The ability to interact and communicate effectively
and appropriately with people of other cultures
• Know: recognize & understand differences
• Accept: desire to not only understand differences,
but to acknowledge, appreciate and accept differences
• Act: incorporate your skills of knowledge and
acceptance throughout your interactions
Intercultural Competence:
What? Why? How?
• Fulfill Personal, Academic & Professional Goals:
• Greater understanding of different countries
• Growth in self-awareness, interpersonal skills &
• Diplomacy & Globalization: your experience is unique
and carries global responsibility
• 300,000 US students study abroad (2011/12)
• 14.2% of US bachelors students study abroad
during their degree program (2011/12)
Intercultural Competence:
What? Why? How?
• Knowledge & immersion are not enough
• Engagement requires effort
• Interaction requires intentionality
• Observation requires reflection
Intercultural Competence:
What? Why? How?
1. How do you plan to actively engage in your host
2. How can you expand your cultural engagement beneath
the surface of the iceberg?
3. What is your cultural lens & how will it impact your
experience and immersion in your host culture?
4. How will you reflect on your experiences?
5. How will this experience enhance your personal,
academic and professional goals?
Making the Most of an International Experience:
Career Considerations
Presented By: Career Services
Becky Carlson
• Quote or picture? Something captivating?
Academic Growth
• Reflection
• Experience your chosen field in a new
“light”/education system
Personal Growth
• Awareness of self and others
• New skills (critical thinking, problem
solving, communication)
• Immersion opportunities
Professional Growth
• Active involvement in professional
• Internships
• Volunteer
• Job shadowing
• Student/community organizations
• Informational Interviewing
Things to Know
• Changing your mind
• Employers/grad schools
• Internships at home—still possible?
Career Services
Phone: 314-977-2828
Schedule: SLU Appointments
Location: BSC 331
Study Abroad Bucket List!
Study Abroad Bucket List
• Learn a foreign language
• Increase intercultural competence and communication
• Learn about foreign cultures
• Study a specific subject in depth
• Enhance future career skills
• Encounter one’s heritage
• Expand your limits
Culture Shock
Culture Shock
 Culture shock refers to the stresses and strains
associated with adapting to life in a new and
different cultural sphere.
 Symptoms: Frustration, mental fatigue,
disorientation about how to work with and relate
to others, boredom, lack of motivation and
physical discomfort.
 Reverse Culture Shock ->Worse!
The W Curve of Culture Shock
Entry into Host Culture
Reentry to Own Culture
Honeymoon at
Adjustment at
Recovery stage
Crisis Stage
Recovery at Home
Crisis at
Seek Education. Find Adventure
1. Must discuss classes with
2. Make sure you have registered correctly for courses at the
Madrid Campus
3. If going abroad for a semester you will need to be registered
as a full time student (12-18 hours) Not only for visa
reasons, but for your visa to be valid
4. Check for language requirements for specific courses
5. Grades will affect your GPA
6. Courses run Monday-Friday. Students are expected to
attend class following the attendance policies of their
Travel Preparations
Passport & Visa
• Make three copies of your passport:
– Leave one with your parents
– Put the other one in your purse/wallet
– Keep one in your luggage
• Keep an electronic copy of your passport & visa easily
accessible through email
• If your passport gets stolen, contact the US Embassy
or consulate in your country
• Who here does not have a valid passport?
Travel Preparations
• If there is unrest in the country to which you are travelling,
contact the US Embassy.
• Make sure you know how to get in contact with the US
Embassy or consulate near you.
• Register with the US Department of State before you leave the
country: http://studentsabroad.state.gov
•Do not participate in anti-American demonstrations.
American Embassy in Madrid
28006 Madrid, Spain
91 587 2240
Emergencies outside office hours
Fax 91-587-2303
Travel Preparations
Every student says “I wish I would have packed LESS!”
Aim for 1 piece of luggage & 1 carry on
Know your airline’s luggage restrictions
• Only use TSA approved locks
Mark your luggage with name & address inside and out
Carry all of your important documents, money, credit card with you on the plane.
Pack a change of clothes, toiletries, & medications in your carry on. Luggage can
be delayed a day or more!
• Review carry on requirements – they may change
Travel Preparations
• You may need to buy a converter!
• You may want to think twice before bringing your expensive Chiirons and hair dryers…they may fry! You may purchase cheap
appliances at the local drug store abroad
Travel Preparations
• How you dress will affect how others perceive
and act towards you.
• Americans are more casual than many other
cultures -extremely casual dress may be
considered disrespectful.
• Some places have dress codes when going out
to nice venues/restaurants.
• You do not need to give up your sense of
identity to dress appropriately
Travel Preparations
Students must purchase a roundtrip ticket arriving in Madrid no later than
January 8th 2014. Move out date is set for May 14th 2014.
As a reminder during Spring break housing will not be available. The move out
date for Spring break is April 12th 2014, the move in date is April 20th 2014
Know how you will get to your final destination from airport (train, taxi,
metro, bus, or some combination thereof?)
Have a written plan and bring phone numbers in case of delays or something
goes wrong
Call your family—they will be worried about you (Remember to tell them
ahead of time you probably won’t be able to call for a few days)
Email us that you have arrived: [email protected]
Make sure you fill out the arrival form
Where will I be going?
Arrupe Hall
Rubio Hall
San Ignacio
Moving around
• Taxi
• Bus
• Metro
• Train
Living with a host family
• Be respectful
• Engage!
• Get to know your family
• You are a guest in their house
• Let them know if you will not be
there for dinner
• Use common courtesy
• Move out dates during Spring
Break are: April 12th to April 20th
Email – A great cheap way to stay in touch (University, Internet
Calling cards – Purchase in your host country
Pre-Paid Cell phone-very common!
• PicCell phone (instructions sent from [email protected])
Voice over Internet (i.e. Skype)
Host Phone -Respect phone usage in your host household. Local
calls are not free & calls to cell phones may be expensive. Please
avoid receiving phone calls in the host phone between 10 pm and 8
Banks & Credit Cards
• Inform your credit card company
• It is not necessary for students to open a bank account. Most
banks will not allow you to open an account with just a passport.
However there are a few that will. If you want to open a bank
account the Student Life Office staff in Madrid can assfist you.
• Withdraw money from ATM. It will be in local currency.
– Check with bank for additional fees
• Don’t bring all your money in cash. You can use traveler’s checks,
ATM and credit cards.
• Change approx USD$150 before leaving.
• Traveler's check s are not recommended as many placecs do not
accept them.
Health & Safety
Sanitas Health Insurance
Sanitas Health Insurance - You will get a card upon arrival
• Carry your insurance card with you at all times!
• You may view information on the SLU Madrid Website:
• Sanitas also includes coverage in other countries in case
you travel outside of Spain. Contact numbers to use
these services will be at the back of your Sanitas card
Medical fee for participating physicians and specialists*
100% coverage
Hospitalization and surgery
100% coverage within Spain
Not covered, although a dental supplement can be added.
For more information, please contact: [email protected]
Not covered. Prices for medication are significantly lower in
Spain than in the U.S.
Repatriation (in case of death)
(available beginning September 1, 2011)
100% coverage to international airport in country of origin.
100% coverage from international airport to home city
within European Community (EEC).
Reimbursement of up to $1,000 from international airport
to home city (> 30 kms) in non-EEC countries.
Health & Safety
• If you take a prescription drug, make sure you have
enough for the entire semester. If you can, get a letter
from your doctor stating that you are authorized to take
that medicine. This is important as some medications
are nearly impossible to obtain and the formulas vary by
• It is not recommended to cancel your U.S. Insurance
Plan while you are abroad.
Health & Safety
Drugs, Alcohol & Local Laws
Never leave food or drink unattended while abroad – may be drugged
Don’t go out or stay out alone
Know your limits. Worse-case scenarios CAN happen.
Each year, 2,500 Americans are arrested overseas. One third of
the arrests are on drug-related charges.
You are responsible for understanding and following the laws of the
country you are visiting. You are subject to all laws of the host country.
You will not receive special treatment because you are a
Health & Safety: Alcohol
• Understand the role/impact of alcohol in:
• Host culture:
• Norms and expectations
• Study abroad:
• Increased social anxiety in foreign countries
• Culture shock
• Availability
• Sexual relationships
• Regret, assault, sexually transmitted disease, etc.
• Know the alcohol laws of your host country and the
countries you intend to visit:
• Legal drinking age, open container laws & public
intoxication, etc.
(drinking on the street or public transportation)
Health & Safety: Alcohol
• Understand the consequences of excessive alcohol &
drug consumption:
• Physical health risks
• Mental health
• Arrest
• Accidents
• Pick-pocket
• Impact on academics
• Lost or stolen documents
• Sexual Assault & Rape
• Other violent crimes
Health & Safety
• Cultures and laws vary widely in what is acceptable
and non-acceptable behavior.
• Be aware of stereotypes that exist of Americans.
• Dating norms and gender roles will be different.
• Be alert. Avoid crowds, demonstrations, or other
situations that could put you in danger.
• Keep a low profile. Try not to attract special attention
to yourself.
• Do not leave your bags unattended.
• Avoid places where Americans are known to
congregate and you may consider avoiding American
logos on your clothing and belongings.
Health & Safety
Safety Is YOUR OWN Responsibility!
• Institutions Cannot:
– Guarantee or assure your safety or eliminate all risks
– Monitor or control your daily personal decisions,
choices, and activities
– Prevent you from engaging in illegal, dangerous, or
unwise activities
– Assure US standards of due process apply in overseas
legal proceedings
– Assume responsibility for persons or events that are
not part of the program, or for situations due to lack of
your disclosure
– Assure that home-country cultural values and norms
will apply in host country
In Case of Emergency
• If anything happens while you’re abroad, tell someone AND
contact the Madrid campus directly as they are closer and will be
able to provide help quicker
During business hours (9:00 am – 6:00 pm Madrid time):
(34) 91 554 5858
After-hours health and safety emergency number:
(34) 638 763 758
Counseling emergency number: (34) 609 269 323
For life-threatening emergencies: 112
• Contact us ([email protected] or [email protected])
Remember you are never alone, we are here
to help you!
Billing information
• Tuition will be billed directly by the Saint Louis
University, Missouri Campus (including any class
fees). Due dates are the same as previous semesters
• Housing is billed directly by Madrid (bill included in
your housing assignment). Firs payment due date is
December 16th.
Understanding your rights and responsibilities
Communication with parents
Role of the study abroad staff
Do your Research
Take lots of Pictures!
Keep your eyes open for details regarding a
study abroad photo contest!
Enjoy your experience!

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