For the 2017-2018 study abroad orientation, the Center for International Programs created a new and exciting process! The meeting was held in the SPC Collaborative Lab in the Epi Tech Building with the option of attending morning or late afternoon meetings. A huge thank you to the Collaborative Lab Staff, along with Center for International Programs (CIP) staff for coordinating and presenting during these meetings! The combined sessions included students from separate study abroad programs; Australia-Vet Tech, Costa Rica, Greece, Italy-HS program, New Zealand, and Spain. Prior to the presentation, students were able to speak with one another and discuss the various study abroad programs from this year as well as previous years. This interaction allowed students the opportunity to discuss other programs of interest in the future and offer advice to one another! The presentation began as students enjoyed an interactive fun facts “quiz” to test their knowledge of the six separate countries with the chance to win SPC “bling!” Students were introduced to the unique way of enhancing their global distinction through the Global Citizen Program Center for International Programs director, Dr. Ramona Kirsch, shared stories of her past travels in combination with what to expect, safety, packing, online resources, finances (Currency Converter), and power for each country. Communication through Whatsapp, Facebook and individual service providers was another topic of discussion as students were encouraged to download the apps, contact providers and join the private Facebook group. CIP staff discussed the application process for international health insurance and conveniently, many students were able to register and pay using their laptop/cellular devices without leaving their chair! To close the presentation at the Study Abroad Orientation, students were reminded of important tasks to complete prior to departure, but most importantly, to enjoy themselves and celebrate the opportunity of embarking on a life changing experience! Following the presentation, students linked up with their groups to introduce themselves, exchange contact information, ask questions and collectively share their excitement! Thank you to students for showing up, sharing your knowledge and having fun!
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