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May 10, 2016

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Updates & Reminders

Getting Ready:

As the spring semester comes to a close, you will finally be able to focus more fully on the journey ahead. As you do so, please review your program handbook and the other written materials you have been provided to be sure you have absorbed all the necessary details related to your upcoming study abroad experience. We want you to have a safe journey, so please pay particular attention to instructions regarding emergency procedures and contacts.

Arriving abroad:

Once you have arrived at your program site, be sure to contact family and friends in the U.S. They will be anxious to know you arrived safely. Please remember that it may take some time for you to get acclimated and acquire ready access to telephones or e-mail. Your program organizers will be monitoring your arrival situation so someone will be tracking your activities should something go awry (i.e. delays, cancellations, etc), therefore your family should not be concerned if you don’t phone home immediately upon arrival. You may want to consider options like Skype, WhatsAppGoogleHangouts or FaceTime for staying in touch.

Upcoming Newsletters:

We will correspond with you through e-mail approximately once a month while you are abroad. Additionally, we will forward travel advisory messages from the U.S. State Department as necessary. These may include similar pieces of advice we gave you at orientation as well as recommendations you will receive on-site – keep a low profile, minimize your appearance as a tourist and carefully monitor your personal items (wallet, purse, backpack, electronics, etc.).

We recommend that you travel with heightened awareness at all times. Be alert when taking public transportation in case there are suspicious packages or individuals in your proximity. Should there be an incident in your city or a specific travel warning for your host country, you will receive specific details and recommendations. Visit the State Department's Students Abroad webpage for additional resources.

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Arrival Advice from a Peer Counselor

Decorate your room. Your surroundings are probably pretty bare, right? Make your space homey by hanging things on the walls. I put up post cards and maps from all the places I visited. It was a cheap way to personalize my room and keep track of where I travelled. - Halley Rose Meslin (Cannes, France and Copenhagen, Denmark)  

Halley Rose Meslin (Cannes, France and Copenhagen, Denmark)

Stay Connected

Read what your peers are saying about studying abroad at our Student Stories Blog. Here are some recent posts:

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We're Halfway There!

"I have officially been in Europe for 3 weeks. I’ve finished an entire course, took a few weekend trips around the country, and even stayed in Stockholm, Sweden for a few days. I’ve eaten great food, terrible food, and had some interesting experiences while watching Danes drink in the streets at Distortion, one of the largest music festivals in Europe that spills socialization into the streets during the longest summer days."   [read more]

Rachel Larsen, Copenhagen, Denmark, Summer 2016

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Sachsenhausen: Past and Present

"In our second week we had our longest and most intimidating journey, a visit to a concentration camp. This past semester I took a class on the history of the Holocaust as part of my history degree, so I knew the logistics of what happened... I just didn’t know what to expect when seeing the camp in person."   [read more]

Sarah Monnier, Berlin, Germany, Summer 2016

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Sunday, Day of Rest

"So far, my new friend, the FitBit ChargeHR, has tracked 104 flights of stairs, 23.6 miles, and 52,699 steps. For roughly 48 hours, I’d say we have made a dent in the calles of Venice. It’s hard to describe the feeling I’ve gotten from walking around Venice."   [read more]

Amanda Duba, Venice, Italy, Summer 2016

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