Pre-Departure Courses

Pre-Departure Courses

As part of your preparations for an Education Abroad experience, there are many resources that can help prepare and support you to ensure you have confidence in the logistics and have considered the cultural dimension of living abroad.  The following courses are required pre-departure courses for VIU Exchange, Interns & Practica students, and are recommended for other VIU travellers.

DepartSmart Course

Step by step modules to guide you through pre-departure preparation, cultural adaptation and life abroad.  Assignments are for your personal use and benefit and do not need to be submitted.

VIU DepartSmart website
Shortcut: VIU DepartSmart Modules
Shortcut: VIU DepartSmart Assignments

Deliverable: Complete the Depart Smart worksheet and submit it to Education Abroad to confirm that you have completed the required modules.

What's Up with Culture? Course

An excellent site developed by the University of the Pacific. The focus is on the concept of culture and how it impacts one's ability to understand and function in a new and unfamiliar environment. It concentrates on the skills, attitudes, and behaviors which all education abroad students, regardless of their specific destination, will find useful. http://www2.pacific.edu/sis/culture/

Watch this fun YouTube video on addresses and other opposites http://sivers.org/jaddr

Deliverable:
Complete the What's up with Culture worksheet and submit it to Education Abroad to confirm that you have completed the required modules.

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