BOOKS FOR TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS, AND POLICYMAKERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Preparing to Study Abroad

Learning to Cross Cultures

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January 2014
9781579229948
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    Stylus Publishing
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    13th January 2014
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  • Language English
  • Pages 162 pp.
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February 2014
9781579229931
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    11th February 2014
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April 2014
9781579229955
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    10th April 2014
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April 2014
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Study abroad is a potentially valuable experience in today’s global economy. With proper preparation it can be transformational.

It can open you to the appreciation of other cultures; develop the transferable intercultural skills for interacting with people from different backgrounds; and deepen your self-awareness about your values and expectations. It can build confidence as you learn to navigate unfamiliar situations, and help you deal with the ambiguities of life.

Study abroad also develops knowledge and insights about our interconnected world that will serve you well whether you choose a career in business, non-profits, education, or government. A recent study by IES Abroad found that many employers value the intercultural skills and personal development that students gain from their travel. Students who had studied abroad reported higher starting salaries and were more likely to have landed a job within six months of graduation than the national average.

This book is written for you, as a student who is learning about the world first-hand, and probably traveling abroad for the first time. It addresses the challenges of adapting thinking and behavior as you travel in an unfamiliar environment, of making the most of the opportunities, and of meeting and interacting with the locals.

This book is designed to help you prepare for your study abroad experience so you can get the most from it, and gain critical intercultural skills while crossing cultures. It offers strategies for learning about and exploring cultural differences and similarities of the country you will visit; and advice about how to actively observe and participate in the life of the locality in which you will find yourself. Each chapter illustrates key concepts through the personal accounts of students who have "been there, done that.”

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.

"I highly recommend that college students include a well-planned and rigorous international immersion experience in their college curriculum. This book makes an excellent starting place for embarking on this vital transformative journey."

Steven S. Reinemund, Dean, Wake Forest University School of Business and Retired Chariman/CEO PepsiCo

“It’s important that you, as a student in today’s world, ask yourself, ‘Am I prepared to go beyond borders? To leave my comfort zone?’ You’re reading this book, so I can only assume you are. Good for you—the business world needs talented individuals, those who take the initiative to expand their mind-set and leadership style and see the world through a broader lens.”

Ken Bouyer, Director of Inclusiveness Recruiting, Ernst & Young, LLP

Acknowledgments
Foreword 1 - Steven S. Reinemund
Foreword 2 - Ken Bouyer
Preface
Introduction
1. What Is Cross-Cultural Engagement?
2. Why Cross-Cultural Engagement Is Often Limited, and Some Strategies to Increase It
3. Visible Dimensions of Culture: Food, Art, Clothing, Music, and Holidays
4. Visible Dimensions of Culture: Infrastructure, Technology, and Shopping
5. Less Visible Elements of Culture: Relationships
6. Less Visible Elements of Culture: Communication Styles, Religion, and Time
7. Your Identity
8. Culture Shock and Cross-Cultural Engagement
9. Additional Student Profiles
10. Conclusions
Appendix: Things to Know Before You Go
References
Index

Steven T. Duke

Steven T. Duke serves as Executive Director of Global Student/Faculty Development, Research and Risk Management at Wake Forest University. In this role, he coordinates efforts to enhance professional development of faculty, including through the annual WISE Conference. He oversees the Cross-Cultural Engagement Program (CCE) for students and also coordinates risk-management efforts and support for students, faculty and staff who travel abroad. His research areas are: history of education in Russia, particularly during the late tsarist era, 1870's to 1914; history of ethnic minorities in the Russian empire and Soviet Union; history of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland; international education and comparative education. Steve's teaching areas are in Russian and modern European history.