Pre-Departure

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.

Spring 2015 Pre-Departure Orientation: Attendance is mandatory and the date, time and location will be shared in October.

Check the following links for specific pre-departure information:

Culture Shock
Travel Documents
Study Away Forms
Facebook Groups
Health & Safety Information
Academic Information
Financial Information
Partner Websites

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 smcsa@temple.edu 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 forms
Global Internship forms
New York City forms
South Africa forms
London Summer forms
London Fall forms
London Spring forms

Health & Safety Information

Risk Management and Insurance
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

SMC Study Away Financial Aid and Scholarship Information
SFS Study Away Information
Accepting awards
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
Foundation for International Education
Student Administration Form:

  • Go to the website.
  • Select “Temple University” from the dropdown menu and then select the option “Temple University Dublin Semester/Summer Study Abroad” from the list of options (whichever program you’re doing). Please note the program name and semester when choosing a program to register.
  • Once you have chosen your program, click Register Now to start the application process. You will then register for login details and will be emailed a temporary password once registration is complete. On resetting the temporary password, which is only valid for ONE DAY, so please be sure to log in as soon as you receive this information, you are then given access to the online forms.
  • Log back in and complete all required forms by scheduled deadlines. There are two parts of this form that you can disregard until a later date, passport (if you are still in the process of applying for one) and the flight information. Do not book your flight until you’re given permission to do so by SMC Study Away.

 

Global Internships
DCI Internship Database Access or DCI Enrollment Information or DCI General Information
Previous Year’s Program Information (behind the scenes):

Communities & Organizations in NYC
Manhattan Marymount College – classroom meeting space, every Saturday

South Africa
Academic Experiences Abroad or Ginnegaap Guesthouse in Melville

London
Foundation for International Education
Student Administration Form:

  • Go to the website.
  • Select “Temple University” from the dropdown menu and then select the option “Temple University London Semester/Summer Study Abroad” from the list of options (whichever program you’re doing). Please note the program name and semester when choosing a program to register.
  • Once you have chosen your program, click Register Now to start the application process. You will then register for login details and will be emailed a temporary password once registration is complete. On resetting the temporary password, which is only valid for ONE DAY, so please be sure to log in as soon as you receive this information, you are then given access to the online forms.
  • Log back in and complete all required forms by scheduled deadlines. There are two parts of this form that you can disregard until a later date, passport (if you are still in the process of applying for one) and the flight information. Do not book your flight until you’re given permission to do so by SMC Study Away.