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Summer 2014 MOSAIC Study Abroad Advice for Participants, Parents & Family Members

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Maryville University administers a comprehensive faculty-led shortterm study-abroad program on behalf of a group of colleges and universities throughout Missouri and Pennsylvania. Faculty members from MOSAIC institutions offer courses in the various programs.

Welcome to MOSAIC Study Abroad! Study abroad is a great opportunity that will provide your student with an outlet to grow emotionally and intellectually. Previous study abroad students have told us that their time abroad helped them become more independent and self-confident. As a parent or family member, it is important to realize that your student will probably not be the same when they return. No matter the length of the program or the location, study abroad provides students with the opportunity to expand their perceptions and knowledge. Celebrate the change in your student and encourage them to continue growing intellectually and emotionally. Sincerely,


The mission of MOSAIC is to provide a range of summer study abroad programs, staffed by faculty from member institutions and open to all collegiate students in good standing.

Jim Harf Dr. James E. Harf Associate Vice President Director, Center for Global Education Maryville University Dr. Harf in Southern France, April 2014

Summer 2014 MOSAIC Study Abroad Sites Vietnam and Cambodia May 7 to June 1 London, UK Session 1: May 17 to June 14 Session 2: June 14 to July 12 Florence, Italy May 19 to June 18

Paris, France June 27 to July 15 Oxford, UK July 1 to July 23 Paris, France (Duchesne Alliance Institute) July 26 to August 16

Culture Shock What is culture shock? Culture Shock is typically experienced as initial euphoria followed by confusion, irritability, frustration, anger, rejection of local culture, homesickness, depression, complacence, acceptance, feeling at ease once again, happy, and then… sad to leave!

Ways to cope with Culture Shock

 Know it is coming and be ready to adapt  Be gentle with others and yourself if you are showing signs of frustration  Know that it will pass if you hang in there  Get into a routine  Be conscious of your own cultural values. “It is not good or bad, just different.”  Be humble  Be bold  Learn as much as you can about the culture where you will study

Safety Considerations The U.S. Department of State recommends study abroad participants sign up for the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP is a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens/nationals who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. For more information, please see: Please read other safety advice below:

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Students should use a debit or credit card to withdraw local currency via an ATM when funds are needed. We recommend that students stay in pairs or small groups, especially in the evening and at night. Students are expected to follow the rules of the home country. They will learn these during the on-site orientation session. MOSAIC study abroad has a NO DRUG tolerance policy for all participants. In addition, alcohol consumption is allowed only in moderation for students of legal drinking age. Students must notify the on-site MOSAIC Academic Dean if they leave the local area. Keep track of the credit limits on your credit cards. Not only does this make good financial sense, but also good legal sense. Americans have been arrested for innocently exceeding their credit limit abroad. Take plenty of pictures, but only if you know it is okay. If you are in doubt, ask permission first. Never agree to carry a package on a train or flight for someone. Check with the foreign embassy to make sure your medications are not considered illegal narcotics. Carry a letter from your doctor describing your condition and medications, including the generic names of prescribed drugs.

Important Numbers Maryville University Public Safety 314-529-9500 (24 hours a day) Dr. Jim Harf: Office:314-529-9503 Mobile: 314-749-6636 Deborah Knaust: Office: 314-529-6843 Mobile: 314-387-3848 Gayle Dryden: Office: 314-529-9503 An excellent resource for all Maryville University international students, the Center for Global Education, is located in Gander Hall, Suite 101. Study abroad students and International students will find opportunities, support, and activities designed to promote cross-cultural contact and communication among fellow students and the community. Stay Connected! Center for Global Education 650 Maryville University Drive St. Louis, Missouri 63141 Tel: 314-529-9503 Check out our website, like us on Facebook, or come by and hang out in our reception area! Website with student information and parent tips: Facebook: -for-Global-Education-at-MaryvilleUniversity/158485547504168

Readjustment Period Once students return from their time abroad, they will go through a readjustment period. During this period, they may experience reverse culture shock. Reverse culture shock can cause students to compare everything to the country they stayed in during their time abroad. Students may experience mood swings and be bored at home. The length of the reverse culture shock period depends on the individual, how long they were abroad and how frequently they were in communication with people at home. Your student will gradually adjust to being home and should use their experience and skills gained abroad to get involved at their university, or explore other international opportunities.

Tips to Avoid

How Make an International Phone Call

Jet Lag

(The example number below is for the British Museum in London, UK)

Country Code: +44 = England (only when outside of England) Local Code: (0) = Do not dial this unless you are in England City Code: 20 = London Local Number: 7323 8000

For additional details about international calling codes and directions, please see:

Code when calling from USA

Country Code

City Code



London, England



Florence, Italy



Paris, France





Location to call

Oxford, England

011 Siem Reap, Cambodia 1.Hanoi 4:Hue 2:Halong Bay 5:HoiAn 3:HoChiMinh 6:DaNang



1: 4 2: 33 3: 8

4: 54 5: 510 6: 511

1. Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water before, during and after your flight. 2. Limit your alcohol and caffeine intake before and during your flight. 3. Throw yourself into the new time zone! Sleep as much as you can on the flight and then when you arrive stay active and don’t go to sleep until that night (no naps). 4. To avoid feeling tired, keep moving. 5. Eat meals according to your new time zone. 6. Once you arrive, try to eat healthy protein-rich foods that give you sustained energy. 7. Set your watch on your destination’s time as soon as you board the plane and try to avoid figuring out what time it is back home – this will just remind your body it has a reason to be tired! Source: Ashley Buchanan’s History in High Heels blog: http://historyinhighheels.b

Center for Global Education Maryville University 650 Maryville University Drive St. Louis, Missouri 63141 Tel: 314-529-9503

Emergency Contact Information FOR ALL MOSAIC STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS Public Safety at Maryville University: 314-529-9500 (24 hours a day) Dr. Jim Harf: Office: 314-529-9503 Mobile/Cell: 314-749-6636 Deborah Knaust: Office: 314-529-6843 or 314-529-9503 Mobile/Cell: 314-387-3848 Center for Global Education: 314-529-9503

PARIS, FRANCE Deborah Knaust, Assistant Director Center for Global Education, Maryville University Emergency Cell: 314-387-3848 Paris Campus Emergency Cell: 011 33 06 18 89 7778 St. John’s University – Paris Address: 93, rue de Sèvres, 75006 Paris The student will have a phone in the room. The number will be given at the on-site orientation. It is free for internal calls. LONDON, ENGLAND Ray Hilditch, Academic Director LEB Education

OXFORD, ENGLAND Tim Moore, Academic Director The Washington International Studies Council (WISC) & The Oxford Study Abroad Programme (OSAP) Third Floor, Chester House, 21-27 George St. Oxford OX1 2AY, United Kingdom Phone: 011 44 1865 201132 (outside UK) Fax: 44 (0)1865 243600

FLORENCE, ITALY SRISA Campus Address: Via San Gallo 53-r, 50129, Italy Phone: 011 39 055 4627374 (outside Italy) Phone: 055 4627374 (within Italy) Emergency Phone for SRISA: Phone outside Italy: 011 39 335 7642583 or 011 39 335 77659431 Phone within Italy: 335 7642583 or 335 77659431


Emergency cell: 011 44 (0) 7798 69 49 29

Carl Jaramillo: USA Cell: 917-403-2663 China Cell: 011 86 132 1166 5973

Zoe Liu:

Metrogate (Residence Hall) Emergency Phone: 011 44 (0) 20 78080131 3-7 Queen’s Gate Terrace London SW7 5PE

Minds Abroad: Study, Intern, & Volunteer in Asia Office Phone: 877 U ABROAD

Special Note about Prescription Medicines Immunizations for Travel Discuss your immunization situation with a health care professional. This professional can make sure you are up to date with your regular immunizations, and help you determine if you should get some of the optional immunizations before you travel internationally!

Pack your prescription medications in your carry-on luggage.

Pack copies of all prescriptions, including the generic names for medications.

Pack a note on letterhead stationery from the prescribing physician for controlled substances and injectable medications.

Leave a copy of your prescriptions at home with a friend or relative.

Check with the American Embassy or Consulate to make sure that your medicines will be allowed into the country you are visiting. Some countries do not let visitors bring certain medicines into the country.

Money Related Advice

Please read these recommendations from the CDC:

-We recommend students withdraw local currency from an ATM in the Study Abroad country. -Some locations in Europe require a pin number to use a credit card. Students should contact their bank or credit card before departing to ask for this information. -We recommend students wear a money belt when visiting crowded areas or popular tourist sites. -Tipping in Europe and other countries is not as automatic and generous as it is in the U.S. -Keep copies of your passport, bank card and credit card emergency numbers separate from the originals. -Know what number to call if your bank or credit card is lost or stolen. Credit Cards Questions to Ask BEFORE You Travel 

Will my card work in the country where I am traveling?

What do you charge for withdrawals or purchases in the country where I will travel?

Are other currency conversion or foreign transaction fees added on?

What will the total charge be on my card — including all fees?

If my credit/debit card is lost or stolen, what is my liability?

What phone number should I call if there is an emergency?

What is my daily limit for ATM withdrawals in the country where I will travel?

Do you have any partner banks in Europe where I can use my debit card at an ATM without paying an extra fee?

Can you mail my credit card's PIN to me? (If you don't know it; you might need it for some purchases in Europe.)

Source: Rick Steves’ website:

Center for Global Education Maryville University 650 Maryville University Drive St. Louis, Missouri 63141 Tel: 314-529-9503

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