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  1. Intro to Course 1: Before You Leave
    1. Purpose of Course 1
      • What We Hope You will Gain from Course 1
      • Goal of this Course
    2. Create Your Basics
      • Create Your Info Log
      • Create Your Profile/Register for Credit
    3. Explore Options for Interaction
      • Explore Options for Interaction
      • Interaction with Parents
      • Parents' Perspective
    4. Assumptions vs. Realities Abroad
      • Expect the Unexpected

  2. Windows and Mirrors of the World
    1. Top Ten Reasons for Studying Abroad
      • Why Travel/Study Abroad?
      • Determine Your Top Ten Reasons
      • Goals for Studying Abroad
    2. Sort Out Your Expectations
      • Experiences vs. Expectations
      • Recognize Your Feelings
      • Sharing with Friends and Family
      • Deciding to Study Abroad
    3. Your Feelings about Studying Abroad
      • Prepare Your Thoughts for Discussion
      • It's Natural to Have Concerns
      • Tips on Preparing Yourself Mentally
      • Study Abroad Expectations
    4. Why Students of All Backgrounds Should Participate
      • Learn About Your Heritage
      • All Students can Travel/Study Abroad: Special Issues
      • How to Deal with Special Challenges Overseas
      • One Biracial Student's Experience with Fitting In Abroad
      • All Students Can Finance Study Abroad

  3. What is your Cultural IQ?
    1. Learn about Culture
      • The Importance of Learning about Your Host Country's Culture
      • Culture: The Hidden Dimension
      • Iceberg Exercise
      • Iceberg Discussion
      • Reflect on Your Personal Identities
    2. Stages of Adjustment
      • Learn about Stages of Adjustment
      • Take the Stages of Adjustment Quiz
      • How to Adjust
    3. Culture Shock & Stereotypes
      • Read about Culture Shock
      • Take the Culture Shock Quiz
      • How To Deal with Culture Shock
      • Stereotypes
    4. Discover U.S. Values
      • Discover U.S. Values
      • Take the U.S. Values Quiz
    5. Gender Issues
      • Understand Gender as Part of Cultural Adaptation
    6. Generalizations vs. Stereotypes
      • Sample Stereotypes
      • Learn the Difference between Generalizations and Stereotypes
      • Take the Generalizations vs. Stereotypes Quiz
      • Find Out how Students Felt as Americans Abroad
    7. Your Communication Style
      • Message in the Bottle: There is a Simpler Way to Communicate
      • Read about Culture and Communication Styles
      • Communication While Abroad
    8. Cultural Differences
      • Hear Examples of a Cultural Difference
      • Learn about Intercultural Sensitivity and Assess Your Level
      • Learn how to Interpret Cultural Interactions
      • Evaluate a Cultural Incident
      • Cultural Adaptation Strategies

  4. Learning about Your Host Country
    1. Geography
      • Your Host Country's Geography
      • Geography's Influence on Culture
    2. Social Facts
      • Your Host Country's Social Facts
    3. Political Facts
      • Your Host Country's Political Facts
    4. Economic Facts
      • Your Host Country's Economic Facts
    5. Sports, Music, and Entertainment
      • Your Host Country's Sports, Music, and Entertainment
    6. Examine your Host Country In-Depth
      • Research Your Host Country In Depth
      • Do Your Homework and Research Your Host Country's History

  5. Country Specific Culture
    1. Learn from Others
      • Learn from Cultural Encounters
      • Choose an Encounter
      • Ethnosphere
    2. Accounts of Culture Shock
      • Gather Information about Culture Shock in Your Host Country
    3. Nonverbal Communication Abroad
      • One Student's Experience with Nonverbal Communication!
      • Read about Nonverbal Communication
      • Research Nonverbal Communication
      • Take the Nonverbal Communication Quiz
      • Actions Speak Louder than Words
    4. Politeness and Etiquette
      • Differing Etiquette Practices
      • Research Proper Etiquette in Your Host Country
      • Food & Etiquette
      • Role of Food in Different Cultures
      • Etiquette Quiz
    5. Discrimination Overseas
      • Discrimination and Stereotypes that You may Encounter
      • Research how YOU may be Stereotyped
      • Prepare for the Challenges of Diversity
      • Concerns about Discrimination
      • Hear Another Student's Opinion on Racism
    6. Culture Report
      • Prepare Your Culture Report
      • Take the Culture-Learning Strategies Inventory
      • Hear Why It is Important to Learn about Your Host Country's Culture
      • Hear Another Student's Opinion on Preparation

  6. Your Role as a Cultural Ambassador
    1. Respond to Stereotypes about the U.S.
      • Learn How You May be Viewed Abroad
      • Stereotypes Abroad
    2. USA Knowledge
      • Test your Knowledge about the U.S.: Your Country IQ
      • Expand Your Knowledge
      • Get Informed about U.S. Issues
      • Hear How You Can Gain New Perspectives

  7. Globalization and Its Impact
    1. Globalization Defined
      • Globalization Defined
      • Learn About a Globalization Issue in Depth
      • Globalization Discussion
      • Global Geography Quiz
    2. Globalization and You
      • How Do You Feel About Globalization?
      • The Importance of Being Global
      • Test Your Knowledge
      • The United Nations and the Millennium Project
      • Learn About Multinational Organizations

  8. Target Language Learning - Specific Skills
    1. Why Learn a Foreign Language?
      • Why Learn a Foreign Language?
      • Your Reasons to Learn a Language
    2. Improving Your Listening Skills
      • Practicing Foreign Language Abroad
      • How to Become a Better Listener
      • Radio in Your Target Language
    3. Read in Your Target Language
      • Tools to Help Read
      • Choose an Article
    4. Practice your Speaking Skills
      • Learning Phrases in Your Host Country's Language is a Must!
      • Select a Speaking Activity
    5. Other Tips for Language Learning
      • Tips on Studying Language
      • Learn What to Do About Language Fatigue
      • Evaluate Your Strategies
      • Tips to Overcome Language Barrier
    6. Improve Your Vocabulary & Speech Acts
      • Find Out Wow You Can Use Mnemonics for Learning Vocabulary
      • Mnemonics in Language Learning Quiz
      • Use What You Learned About Mnemonics
      • Learn About Speech Acts
    7. Interacting with the Locals Abroad
      • Develop Your Plan For Interaction
      • Overcoming Language Barriers

  9. Logistical Issues: Getting Ready To Go
    1. Get Health Insurance
      • Learn about Insurance
      • Get Insurance if You Haven't Already
    2. Best Practices for Health and Safety
      • Review the Top Ten Health and Safety Tips
      • How to Stay Healthy Abroad
      • Consider Your Mental Health
      • Research Drug Issues in Your Host Country
      • Health Issues to Discuss with Parents & Guardians
    3. Staying Safe
      • Know the Risk Involved in Your Activities
      • Learn the Value of Acting Like a Local!
    4. Avoid Crime and Legal Trouble
      • Learn About Avoiding Crime
      • Top Ten Ways to Not Become a Victim of Crime
      • Research Legal Issues in Your Host Country
      • Don't Put Yourself in Bad Situations
    5. Be Prepared for Emergencies
      • Make Sure You are Prepared for Emergencies
      • Read About How to Cope with Crisis Overseas
      • Research the Crisis Questions
      • Fill Out Your Emergency Card and Emergency Action Plan
      • Be Responsible for Your Issues
    6. Money Management
      • Manage Your Money
      • Banking & ATM Resources
      • Currency Exchange Issues
      • Money & Banking
      • Projected Spending
    7. Packing
      • Special Items

  10. Planning for the Return Home
    1. What Do I Want to Accomplish?
      • Decide What You Want to Accomplish
      • Review Your Goals
    2. Keeping Memories Alive
      • Keeping Memories Alive
      • Capture the Memories and Keep in Touch
      • Understand the Importance of Journaling
      • Read Ideas on How to Journal
      • Keeping in Touch
    3. Saying Goodbye
      • Find Out About the Importance of a Proper Goodbye
      • Evaluate Course 1