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Title: Exploring New Cultures for Community College Students

Exploring New Cultures for Community College
  • Your Institution Name, Your Name, Title,

  • In this slide you will want to introduce yourself
    and tell the audience where you are from and why
    you are in the U.S. In the next couple of slides
    you will want to tell the audience more about
    your home country in greater length.

Home Country
  • Break up your home country into different
    regions, then in the following slides highlight
    the attractions, distinctions, and culture of
    each region to inform the audience about the
    various parts of your home country. Introduce the
    audience to the lifestyle and culture of your
    country, and emphasize how life differs outside
    of the U.S.

My Region of the World
  • Add pictures and information about your region of
    the world (ex. Southeast Asia, Europe, Middle
    East, Latin America, Western Africa, etc.)

My Country
  • Add information here about your country, such as
    your head of state, types of houses, what your
    money looks like, types of food, attractions
    students would be interested in, etc.

My City
  • Add pictures and information about city views,
    your friends, where you went to school, places in
    your community, etc.

  • Have a slide here about your culture of your home
    country and how it differs from culture in the
    U.S. Perhaps you want to include differences in
    lifestyle, food, dress etc.

  • Mention here different attractions to your
    country-both physical and intangible. May want to
    include picture of a landmark or just a picture
    you are fond of at home. Another attraction might
    be the language, and you can say a sentence or
    two in your native language.

Typical Living in (home Country)
  • Provide information here about what daily living
    is like in your home countryinclude pictures,
    and highlight the differences between typical
    living arrangements back home and those evident
    in the U.S. Include these even if they are minute
    differences-such as different kinds of toilets or
    different eating utensils.

Changing Perspectives
It boils down to changing your perspective in
hopes of expanding your mind. Luckily for me, I
was used to changing my perspective like I
changed schools. In this sense transfer students
are well suited to study in other
countries. Danielle Foster, UC San
Diego University of Bristol, 1997-98 Transfer
student, Grossmont Community College UC Education
Abroad website, www.eap.ucop.edu
Why Learn about Other Cultures?
  • Create Global Awareness
  • Promote International Security
  • Enhance Academic Learning
  • Develop Leadership Skills
  • Advance Your Career
  • Experience Personal Growth
  • Learn Another Language

Top 5 Reasons to Learn about New Cultures
1. Learning about new cultures is a life-altering
experience! 2. A chance to learn about yourself
and be independent 3. Gain perspective on your
own country and culture 4. Learn a new
language 5. Make connections that can last a
Where Can You Learn About?
Latin America
Middle East
North America
Global Competencies
Individuals must acquire and demonstrate a
number of skills or competencies to be able to
live and work successfully in a global economy
and a diverse society of people from different
backgrounds, cultures and countries. These
skills are often characterized as global
Advancing Tolerance and Understanding
  • Clearly, we need to use education to advance
    tolerance and understanding. Perhaps more than
    ever, international understanding is essential to
    world peace -- understanding between faiths,
    between nations, between cultures. Today, we know
    that just as no nation is immune to conflict or
    suffering, no nation can defend itself alone. We
    need each other -- as friends, as allies, as
    partners -- in a struggle for common values and
    common needs.
  • -Kofi Annan, Former U.N. Secretary-General

The Future of Community Colleges and
International Education
Community colleges have made their mark on
"traditional" international education, and that
impact has been deep in recent years. Community
colleges represent a growth area in international
education, and there is a huge potential for
growth in the future. The role which community
colleges will play in shaping international
education and trends in U.S. higher education
will be an exciting one. From The Impact of
Community Colleges on International Education,
Institute for International Education (IIE) Open
Doors Report 2003
Preparing For Your Future
  • In the 21st Century, there will be only two
    kinds of people Those who think globally and
    those who are looking for work.
  • -Peter F. Drucker, Writer, Management
    Consultant and Professor

Community College Study Abroad Opportunities
  • They exist in the form of short-term summer,
    winter/spring break, and semester-length courses
    that concentrate on foreign language instruction,
    as well as instruction in the humanities, arts,
    social sciences, natural history, and
    occupational fields. Most study abroad courses
    are acceptable for graduation and transfer

Study Abroad After Transfer
  • Students coming from community colleges are
    able to study abroad through the 4-year
    institution they transfer to
  • Recent research on community college transfer
    performance shows that transfer students
    typically are academically well focused and high
    achievers while on programs abroad (University of
    California EAP program, www.eap.ucop.edu)

Transfer Students say.
  • Two of the biggest misconceptions made by
    transfer students are that they don't have the
    time or the money to study abroad. As far as
    financing issues are concerned, my own study was
    funded entirely by scholarships and grants that
    were only available for students wishing to study
  • The time factor is another issue that
    regularly pops up as a reason for not studying
    abroadI can only say that the year I spent
    abroad was the best year of my life. Why give up
    the best year of your life so that you can
    graduate a little earlier?

Tools for Finding a Program
  • Home Campus Study Abroad Office/Resource Center
    The best place to look for a study abroad program
    is your U.S. home campus study abroad office
    (where available). The staff can help you through
    the process of finding a program, applying,
    participating, and returning home.
  • Reference Books The following are comprehensive
    reference books which are updated each year
    Petersons Study Abroad, Petersons

Tools for Finding a Program
  • Summer Study Abroad, IIE Academic Year Abroad,
    and IIE Short-Term Study Abroad. They include
    detailed explanations and descriptions of many
    study abroad programs.
  • Websites There are a number of websites with
    information about available study abroad
    programs. Some websites we recommend are
    Studyabroad.com, Goabroad.com, IIEPassport, and

Leading Community Colleges by Number of Students
  • 1. Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, CA
    with 255 students abroad
  • 2. Chaffey College Rancho in Cucamonga, CA with
    218 students abroad
  • 3. College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL with 200
    students abroad
  • 4. Citrus College in Glendora, CA with 185
    students abroad
  • 5. Santa Barbara City College in Santa Barbara,
    CA with 182 students abroad

Leading Community Colleges by Number of Students
Abroad (Cont.)
  • 6. Glendale Community College in Glendale, CA
    with 166 students abroad
  • 7. City College of San Francisco in San
    Francisco, CA with 163 students abroad
  • 8. Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA with 157
    students abroad
  • 9. Pasadena City College in Pasadena, CA with
    155 students abroad
  • 10. Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, CA
    with 123 students abroad
  • Thats over 1800 students abroad

  • As you are selecting a program, check with your
    academic advisor on
  • How to transfer back your study abroad courses
  • What requirements there are for the courses to
  • What the courses will count for (GEs, major,
    minor, electives)

Room and Board
  • Living arrangements vary from one location to
    another. Possibilities include university
    residence halls, staying with a host family in a
    private home, sharing an apartment, and boarding
  • In some cases you will have a meal plan
    similar to those at your home institution. In
    other cases, you or your host family will be
    responsible for providing meals.

Funding Your Study Abroad
  • Financial Aid
  • At many institutions, financial aid transfers to
    Study Abroad Programs
  • Scholarships
  • Advance Planning and Budgeting

Funding Your Study Abroad
  • The cost of living in some countries is less than
    in the US
  • Not all programs cost the sameshop around.
  • Depending on the duration of your program, the
    flight there can be a significant portion of the
    expenses. Flights to countries closer to home or
    frequently visited, and student tickets purchased
    well in advance, tend to be cheaper.

Reasons For Students From Diverse Backgrounds to
Study Abroad
  • See the world and broaden your experience
  • Gain a new perspective on your own country
  • Explore your heritage
  • Gain new insights and outlooks through new

Reasons For Students From Diverse Backgrounds to
Study Abroad
  • Fight stereotypes by educating others
  • Dispel your own stereotypes
  • Take control of your future
  • See what influenced great leaders

Reasons For Students From Diverse Backgrounds to
Study Abroad
Studying abroad is a great way to gain
perspective and experience that will shape the
rest of your life personally and
professionally. Jenny Ming President
Old Navy
Reasons For Students From Diverse Backgrounds to
Study Abroad
You cannot fully understand your own life
without knowing and thinking beyond your life,
your own neighborhood, and even your own
nation. Dr. Johnetta Cole President of Bennett
College for Women in Greensboro
Reasons For Students From Diverse Backgrounds to
Study Abroad
As a nation we must do more to reach out to the
world and bridge cultural and social
understanding. Gaddi Vasquez First Hispanic
Director of the Peace Corps
Reasons For Students From Diverse Backgrounds to
Study Abroad
As native peoples, we are very much aware of the
interconnection of all things... Truly, may the
rest of the world take note that even a million
miles cannot separate sincere hearts. Jerry
Elliot High Eagle NASA Physicist and Designer of
the First International Site for Peace
Why I Studied Abroad
  • Now that students have heard various reasons
    to study abroad, you can help to inspire them and
    personalize your presentation by telling them
    what motivated you to study in the U.S. You may
    offer a unique perspective, or what ultimately
    made you study abroad might be what a student
    needs to hear to decide to study abroad

  • Offer here to answer any questions they may have
    about your home country, study abroad, life back
    home, or how life is for you being a foreigner
    living and studying in the U.S. You will want to
    come prepared to answer questions so consider
    these issues in advance and how you may want to
    respond to these concerns.
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