Welcome to the School of Media and Communication’s Study Away Pre-departure page. This page will be updated frequently with pre-departure information and program details.

Check the following links for specific pre-departure information:

Pre-departure Orientation (mandatory for all students)
Culture Shock
Travel Documents
Study Away Forms
Communication: Faculty, Partners and Facebook Groups
Health & Safety Information
Academic Information
Financial Information
Partner Websites

Plan to attend the Mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation

Summer & Fall 2015 orientation date:
Friday, April 10th from 1pm-5pm in the Kiva Auditorium in the Ritter Annex

Spring 2016 orientation date:
TBA – typically, a Friday in mid-November

Understanding Culture Shock

Congratulations!  You’re about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.  For those who are drawn to it, travel is enriching, rewarding, and a lot of fun… but this doesn’t mean it’s easy!

Of course, there’s a LOT of work that goes into planning, logistics, packing, and other preparations.  But it is also challenging after you arrive in your destination, especially in the case of Study Away, because you’ll have to adjust to living in a culture that is truly foreign to you.

No matter your destination, don’t expect things to be like home!

“Of course!” you’ll say.  THAT is exactly why you’re going… you want to experience the history of London, the famous warmth of the Irish, the buzz of New York City, the excitement of Hong Kong… all of the things that make those destinations different from home!  Right???

Some of our destinations are not English-speaking countries; others are… but ALL of our destinations have different customs, norms, mores, attitudes, and the like.  Sometimes you’ll really like those differences…

BUT you should be prepared to feel awkward, nervous, frustrated… even angry. Those historic buildings that hold such charm from the distance of the US may start to feel old, and cramped after a couple of weeks or even a few days.  The simple comforts of home that we often take for granted like dependable electricity and plumbing, fast internet, mobile phone service, and friendly and responsive customer service may seem a million miles away… even in a global capital in the “developed world” like London!

If the infrastructure, common practices, or simply just people around you try to take a moment to think if what you’re experiencing is in fact wrong… or if it in fact might simply be a cultural difference.  And if it’s the latter, remind yourself that this is part of the adventure!  It is in the navigating of these differences that you’ll find the most personal growth.  And the practical value of engaging in a Study Away experience is that you’ll not only come back finding yourself more well-versed in the culture of your destination, the experience will demonstrate to potential employers that you are adaptable and flexible enough to be able to successfully navigate a culture that is foreign to your own.

We will talk more about culture shock, how to detect it, how to cope with it and much more during our mandatory pre-departure orientation for the programs, but if you have any questions in the meantime, email us at reach out to one of our SMC Study Away peer advisors who have all “been there and done that” and would be happy to talk to you!

Click on the links below to see the corresponding pre-departure information:

Travel Documents

US Passport
FIE London Semester Visa Guide
UK Tier 4 Visa – only required for students interning in London during the fall or spring semester
Summer Global Internship Visas – required for US students interning abroad and for non-US citizens for all/most destinations, including US locations
Register for STEP

Study Away Forms

Dublin (study only) forms
Global Internship (Barcelona, Hong Kong, London, Paris and Domestic cities) forms
Peru (study only) forms
South Africa (study only) forms
London Summer (study only) forms
London Fall forms
London Spring forms


Global Internship Program:
Barcelona, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and domestic cities:

Dublin (study only):

South Africa (study only):

Peru (study only):

London Summer (study only):

London Fall 2015:

Dublin Fall 2015:

London Spring 2016:

Dublin Spring 2016:

Health & Safety Information

Risk Management and Insurance
Temple University Travel Registry (TUTR)
HTH Health Insurance Booklet (PDF)
International SOS Information
STEP (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program)
Tuttleman Counseling: Appointments before departure & Self-Help while studying away
Temple University Student Code of Conduct

Academic Information

SMC Academic Advising
Temple University Academic Advising – For non-SMC students
Advising Database notes – Forget what was said during your advising session?  Review all appointments in the Advising Database.  TUPortal->Student Tools tab->Records->Advising Sessions
Degree Audit Report (DARS) – TUPortal->Student Tools tab->Records->DARS
Resolve holds - ensure holds are removed or we cannot register you for courses
Academic Calendars – may differ from program dates – financial aid follows academic calendar
Change Graduation date (PDF) – change to August to be eligible for financial aid for summer programs, etc.
Petition to walk in May graduation (DOC) – due February 15
Declare International Communication Concentration (PDF)

Financial Information

Student Financial Services has designated two counselors in their office as the “go-to” counselors for SMC Study Away students seeking additional financial aid counseling or appointments leading up to the term you’re studying away.  You may contact these counselors via email to ask questions or set up appointments and be sure to include the following information in your communication: Name, TUID, study away program (Dublin, for example), term (Summer 2015, for example), date of acceptance to the program, fee payment and refund policy document for your program (each program has it’s own document, available for download on the Study Away Forms page).

“Go-to” SFS Counselors for SMC Study Away Students
Mickey (Michael) Majzik,
Sharna Patterson,

Prior to contacting the SFS Counselors, please be sure to review ALL of the links below:

SMC Study Away Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

Additional Funding Sources (excluding scholarships) such as:
Temple grants, State Grants, Federal Grants, Federal Loans (Perkins, Direct, Parent Plus, etc.) and Private Alternative Loans

Additional Financial Planning Resources including:
Financing Study Away (and Scholarship Advising) Information Sessions, billing due dates, refunds during study away, Veteran Affairs & the GI Bill, fundraising for study away, and more!

SFS Study Away Information
Accepting awards/scholarship in SSB (Self-Service Banner)
Academic Calendars – may differ from program dates – financial aid follows academic calendar
Due dates for bills – billing schedule depends on semester/summer session of your program
Refunds while studying away – sign up for direct deposit: TUPortal->Student Tools->Student Accounts->Direct Deposit
Tuition Rates (PDF) – tuition is the same as Main Campus, but programs fees will vary by program, so you must visit each program page directly
Currency Converter
Travelex Cash Passport
 – “Chip & Pin” enabled, multi-currency, reloadable, pre-paid Mastercard (check fees)

Partner Websites

Dublin (study only)
Dublin Fall and Spring Semester

Foundation for International Education

Global Internships
Barcelona, Hong Kong, London, Paris, and domestic cities:
DCI Internship Database Access or DCI Enrollment Information or DCI General Information
Previous Year’s Program Information (behind the scenes):

South Africa (study only)
Academic Experiences Abroad or Ginnegaap Guesthouse in Melville or Once in Cape Town Accomodation

Peru (study only)
Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola (Cusco)

London Summer (study only)
London Fall & Spring Semester
Foundation for International Education