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Practical Advise -- Pre-Departure
Read country-specific materials . It is helpful to read as much as possible about where your friend or family member is going in order to gain some perspective about the experience. This could include reading guidebooks, foreign and international newspapers and magazines, novels, plays, poetry, and political and economic analyses. You may also want to talk to international students, past participant’s friends and family, and veteran travelers who have been where your friend or family member is going.
Read about culture . You may also want to read, and encourage your friend or family member to read, about culture in general and how it affects our behavior, beliefs, customs, and how we view the world. (See the recommended books at the end this section.)
The following questions may clarify how culture can influence the goals, expectations, hopes, and fears participants may have about the upcoming study abroad experience. They are intended to help participants prepare for the cross-cultural aspects of the experience as well as invite you to think both about how culture affects you and how it will affect your friend or family member’s experience.