The course is offered Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:30-3:45, 1 credit, 2nd 8 wks.
"Study Abroad: Before You Go" is intended for IU students planning on studying abroad in spring, summer, or fall 2011. The course will prepare you for the exciting range of experiences you will encounter while learning overseas.
This 8-week class prepares students for the rewarding educational experience of studying abroad. Taught from an interdisciplinary perspective, the course will stimulate students both to think about and to openly discuss, their primary goals/concerns with overseas study.
The course is structured around four major topics: 1) pre-departure considerations; 2) life in the host country; 3) strategies for recognizing obstacles and overcoming challenges; and 4) integrating study and daily personal experiences with post-travel educational goals.
Students will be expected to complete weekly readings for the course, participate in weekly discussions, and present a short in-class presentation focusing on the host country they plan to visit.
Maximizing Study Abroad (2nd edition, 2006) will be used as the primary text for the class. Additional readings from the Lonely Planet travel guide books will be assigned based on students' study abroad destination.
A number of special visitors, including international students studying at IU and returning IU study abroad students, will visit the class to share their personal experiences from studying abroad.
Course Information Contact:
Course Instructor: Trent Engbers
Course Supervisor: Dr. Jeff Holdeman
Course Authorization Contact:
IU Office of Overseas Study: Steve Rose