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Before You Go

There are many things that you can do before departure to help you be successful:

  1. Attend ALL pre-departure meetings with your faculty director and/or the CGE staff.
  2. Buy your textbooks. Ask your faculty director or CGE program advisor if you need books.
  3. Complete all pre-departure assignments.
  4. Read as much as you can about your host culture. Read about their customs, traditions, languages, politics, current events, etc. You may consider purchasing a cultural guidebook, language guide, or travel book.
  5. Stay up on American politics and current events. Individuals in your host country will be also reading about the latest election news!
  6. Follow-up on special interests. If you have a hobby or interest here, find out how prevalent that subject is in your host country. Can you play rugby in Australia or study music in Ireland?
  7. Talk to others who are from the host country or who have also visited. Connect with Study Abroad Ambassadors and international students at CSB/SJU before you go.

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