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Study Abroad UC San Diego
Study Abroad UC San Diego provides services for students and international faculty.
Planning for Study Abroad
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UC San Diego Programs Abroad Office Calendar
The following calendar includes events, info sessions, application deadlines and more from the PAO. These events are open to UC San Diego students.
Before You Go
The following links may be useful to you both before and after you depart for your study abroad program. The resources offer information on individual countries from general travel information to specific cultural norms which may assist you in navigating everyday life in your host country.
This website is run by the U.S. Passport Services. At this link, you can learn about general travel information for each country, including the stability of the country, safety and security, and local laws and special circumstances.
This website provides detailed information on cultural norms for individual countries, from basics like personal space and cultural taboos to more specific information such as behavior in the workspace and at school.
This page provides links to online news of various countries.
While You are Abroad
The following links are a few things to keep in mind to make your time abroad more enjoyable.
This introduction to culture shock provided by UC Irvine provides a definition of culture shock, the phases of culture shock, and tips for dealing with culture shock.
An issue you may encounter while traveling is jet lag. This page from the Center for Disease Control's website may assist you in mitigating and dealing with the effects of jet lag.
Resources for Your Return
Just as going abroad can be challenging, the return home may also come with some difficulties. The following resources provide information and assistance with issues such as reverse culture shock.
This article discusses and provides advice for readjusting to life after returning from abroad, specifically issues of relationships, settling down, talking about your experience abroad, and putting your experience abroad to use.
Reverse Culture Shock
This article provides an overview of reverse culture shock, including the definition and stages of reverse culture shock.
Top Ten Immediate Reentry Challenges
This PDF provides some common difficulties with returning from abroad and some tips with how to handle those issues.
Ten Quick Tips for Dealing with Your Return
This PDF provides more tips on how to deal with issues listed in the previous link Top Ten Immediate Reentry Challenges.
UC San Diego Student Health Services
It is important to go to the doctor if you feel unwell after returning. This page provides the phone numbers of the primary care groups at UC San Diego's SHS; call the number for your group to schedule an appointment or click on the Appointments tab.
The First Time Effect by
Call Number: LB2375 .M38 2009, Geisel Fl 6
Publication Date: 2009
The First Time Effect looks at how study abroad can benefit students who have had no prior experience with international travel.
Coping with Anti-Americanism by
Call Number: Proquest e-book
Publication Date: 2011
This book provides a guide to making the most out of one's study abroad experience and managing any anti-Americanism one may encounter. UCSD e-mail is required for access to this resource.
Internationalization and the Student Voice by
Call Number: Geisel Floor 6, LB2375 .I6 2010
Publication Date: 2009
Internationalization and the Student Voice looks at the effect of international education on students from the student perspective.
Study Abroad Student Handbook by
Publication Date: 2012
This guide provides information for study abroad including choosing a program, health and safety, and coming home.
Preparing to Study Abroad by
Call Number: ebrary e-book
Publication Date: 2014
Study abroad is a potentially valuable experience in today's global economy. With proper preparation it can be transformational....This book aims to help you with your own personal journey, and to make your study abroad experience as meaningful, rewarding, and insightful as possible.
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