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Center for Global Education

Information for Students While Abroad

» Information for Students While Abroad

What do you want to accomplish while abroad? Read below for ideas on maximizing your experience, getting involved with the local culture, and ensuring a smooth transition back to Chapman.

If you need to submit a new GCR Form, visit the Additional Course Approvals page.

Maximizing Your Experience

  • Join language clubs, student groups, and other special interest clubs. 
  • Take a class about the local culture and history.
  • Take advantage of excursions provided by your overseas university to explore and learn more about the country.
  • Acknowledge big and small differences between your host culture and back home, such as interpersonal communication, eating habits, transportation, and other customs.
  • Research travel guides for information about free/discounted activities, street fairs, concerts, art exhibits, restaurants, and other local events.
  • Use the local language of your host country.
    • If English is the primary language, learn the slang they use.

Keeping in Touch

  • Use WhatsApp, FaceTime, or Zoom for free internet calls over Wi-Fi.
  • Check with your cell phone provider to discuss temporary international plans OR research how to purchase a separate phone or SIM card abroad.
  • Send postcards and letters to your friends and family.
  • Review how to vote while abroad.
  • Blog about your experiences with WordPress, Blogger, or LinkedIn.
  • Keep a journal to remember your experience and reflect when you return home.
  • Limit screen time to maximize your opportunities to immerse yourself in the community.

Contacting Chapman University

Preparing to Return Home

  • Retain all of your coursework and syllabi until your grades have been posted.
  • Ensure you are registered for Chapman courses the following semester.
  • Arrange your housing for next semester.
  • Think about how you have changed, what lessons and skills you want to retain back home, and your personal or professional goals.
  • Say your goodbyes and take lots of pictures!
  • Give yourself time to readjust when you return home and visit with those you missed.

Questions about studying abroad?

Email: globaled@chapman.edu

Call: (714) 997-6830

Visit: 576 N. Glassell, Orange, CA 92867


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