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Workshop Series







All study abroad workshops and events are open to all students unless stated otherwise. Spaces are limited so be sure to complete the online RSVP Form to secure your spot. For specific dates, times, and locations of workshops, please check our Upcoming Events Calendar page.

 





 




 


Special Workshops



 

On-Campus U.S. Passport Application Session
Still need a passport? This session provides students, faculty, and staff with a unique opportunity to meet with post office officials on campus to submit and process their applications for a US Passport. Three officials will be on campus, as well as a passport photo photographer. Students must sign up for a 15 minute interview appointment with an official. Participants are required to bring the following documents to the session: (1) completed  Passport Application https://pptform.state.gov/FraudAbuseNotice.aspx?form=DS11 (a computer will be available to fill out applications on site, but it is highly recommended that participants complete the form prior to the session) (2) participant’s original birth certificate, (3) Present proof of Identity and Age (Driver’s license or government issued ID) (4) Passport Application Fee and Execution Fee; cash or check only (5) Two Passport photos- photos available on site for $15 (please arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your appointment time to have your photo taken). Limited Space: Schedule an appointment at the International Programs Office- Cesar Chavez Commons, (408) 554-6940.

Fees: (updated: October 22, 2008)
Adults (over 16 yrs old) - $100
Children (under 16 yrs old) - $85

 
Payment Methods: Cash or Check Only. No Credit Card accepted.
If paying by check, two checks are required:
 
Adults (over 16 years old): 
$75 made out to:    Passport Services
$25 made out to:    US Postal Service
 
Children under 16
$60 made out to:   Passport Services
$25 made out to:   US Postal Service
 
Additional (Optional) Fees: 


Expedited Services

Passport Photos (on site)





 
 
 

 

Information Sessions



These workshops are specially geared for students who want to compare and contrast programs.


 



Info Session: Studying Abroad as a Science Major

Do you know the best places to study abroad and fulfill major, minor, or core requirements for science majors? Prof. Janice Edgerly-Rooks and a panel of former study abroad science majors will lead an information session on the specific programs or strategies for science majors to take advantage of study abroad opportunities.

 

Info Session: Political Science Majors Abroad
Do you want to know the best study abroad location for political science majors? Professor Dennis Gordon (Political Science Department) and a panel of International Ambassadors (political science majors who studied abroad) will lead an informational session on the specific study abroad programs that are strongly recommended for poli sci majors.

 

Info Session: Direct Exchange Programs
Would you value a full immersion into a local university life without the comfort of a Santa Clara crowd or a program catered to Americans? You may be a great candidate for any number of SCU’s Direct Exchange Program in Japan, Philippines, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, Sweden, and Australia. Many of these universities even offer courses in English so exchange students can experience full immersion while still maintaining their academic progress! Come and find out more information about the Direct Exchange Programs from study abroad Peer Advisor Sarah Smialowicz and other students who participated in the Exchange Programs at this info session and visit their table in Benson Lobby.
 

 

Info Session: SCU London Internship Program

In its fourth year, the SCU London Program attracts over 60 students each term ranging from business to communication majors, theater to accounting interests. Students are placed in community-based learning type internships. Come and find out more information from former participants in the SCU London program and get the lowdown from program directors themselves.

Info Session: SCU Sydney Internship Program

One of SCU’s newest programs is the internship program in Sydney, Australia in partnership with Arcadia University. Find out all the details from eligibility to housing options, course offerings to ensuring a successful internship experience in Sydney. SCU program director, Dennis Gordon, S.J. will lead this in-depth info session.

Info Session: SCU Bond University

SCU's most popular program at Bond University in Australia is now getting a Santa Clara flavor. During this Fall quarter  program, students will have the opportunity to become familiar with life on the Gold Coast of Australia. The program is being organized in partnership with Arcadia University at the only private institution of higher education in Australia.  Come hear them talk about this exciting new program and find out how you could spend your abroad program in Australia!

Info Session: SCU Costa Rica Summer Program

Costa Rica is one of the newest locations for SCU’s summer programs. Co-directed by Professors Michelle Bezanson and Sean Watts, this program focuses on environmental studies and biology with classroom and field studies experiences, as well as Anthropology field research on primates in the Costa Rican jungle. Come and find out what this exciting summer program has to offer.

Info Session: SCU Germany Summer Program

Want to learn German? Are you a business major who has yet to fulfill the two quarters of language requirements? Find out how to fulfill these requirements in 4 weeks, and how you could earn a German Studies grant to help fund this term. Come and meet Professor Gudrun Tabbert-Jones the director of the program and ask all your questions.

 

Info Session: Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS)

A study abroad counselor from Duke University will talk about biological research stations in Costa Rica and South Africa (http://www.ots.duke.edu). Feel free to visit Maya at the OTS table in Benson on Tuesday of Study Abroad Week.

Info Session: Syracuse University Programs
Amy Sloan from Syracuse University will talk about Syracuse’s study abroad programs in Florence, Hong Kong, and Madrid (http://suabroad.syr.edu). Visit Amy at her table in the Benson Lobby.

Info Session: Arcadia University Programs
Darci Counsell from Arcadia University’s Center for Education Abroad will lead an information session on Arcadia’s programs in Australia, China, Equatorial Guinea, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Scotland, South America, Spain, Wales, and numerous Summer Program opportunities. (http://www.arcadia.edu/cea). Also visit Darci at her advising table in the Benson Lobby.

Info Session: The John Felice Rome Center
Colleen Calvey from Loyola University Chicago will lead an information session on their program in Rome (www.luc.edu/romecenter). Colleen will also be available at her table in Benson Lobby.

Info Session: Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
Julia Wheeler will lead this information session on the many academic tracks at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark (www.dis.dk). She will also be available to meet with students at her table in Benson lobby.


Info Session: Institute for International Education of Students (IES)
Martha Ponce Cassani from IES will host this information session on the more than 75 programs in Argentina, Austria, China, Ecuador,  European Union, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Morocco, Netherlands, and Spain (https://www.iesabroad.org/IES/home.html). Martha will also be available to meet with students at her table in Benson lobby.


Info Session: School for Field Studies (SFS)
A program representative from SFS will lead this information session on the array of specialized environmental studies programs that SFS offers in unique locations such as Public and Environmental Health or Wildlife Management in Kenya, Sustainable Development in Costa Rica, Marine Mammal and Coastal Ecosystems Conservation in Mexico, Tropical Rainforest Studies in Australia, and Marine Resource Management in Turks & Caicos, British West Indies (http://fieldstudies.org/). She will also be available to talk individually with students at her table in Benson Lobby.

Info Session: Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
Laura Sweet from CIEE will talk about CIEE’s study abroad programs in Argentina, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cambodia, Caribbean, China, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Hungary, Jordan, Korea,  Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam (http://ciee.org/study.aspx). Laura will also be available for one-on-one advising in the Benson lobby.

Info Session: The Beijing Center (TBC)
Chris Tow from TBC will discuss the wide variety of courses, excursions, and student services at The Beijing Center in China (http://thebeijingcenter.org). You can also visit Chris at his table in the Benson lobby.

Info Session: Boston University (BU)
Andi Walgren will discuss BU’s engineering and science programs in Germany, Israel, and Switzerlandn (http://www.bu.edu/abroad/science/). Andi will also be available to talk individually to students at her table in Benson Lobby.


 
 




 

Student Forums

These workshops are led by International Ambassadors for students who are trying to compare and contrast experiences.






Student Forum: Studying in Africa and the Middle East
Santa Clara’s affiliated programs offer study abroad programs in many of the African countries including Ghana, South Africa, and Senegal, as well as Middle Eastern cities such as Amman, Jordan and Ankara, Turkey. Come and meet SCU students who studied in a number of these places. Panelists will discuss their personal experiences, helpful health and safety tips, housing options, travel possibilities, and other issues of interest to students. Participants will have time to ask questions. 

Student Forum: Studying Latin America

Interested in Latin America? Did you know that SCU operates it own programs in El Salvador and Costa Rica? And that with one of Santa Clara’s affiliated programs you could study in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Peru? Come learn about these unique programs and meet SCU students who studied in a number of these countries. Panelists will discuss their personal experiences, helpful health and safety tips, housing options, travel possibilities, and other issues of interest to students. Participants will have time to ask questions.

Student Forum: Studying in Asia

Are you looking for a more unique cultural experience; perhaps one outside of western culture? Santa Clara’s affiliated programs offer studies abroad in a number of Asian countries including China, Japan, India, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. You can even participate in an SCU direct exchange and experience a full immersion in Tokyo Universities. Come learn about these unique programs and meet SCU students who studied in these countries. Panelists will discuss their personal experiences, helpful health and safety tips, housing options, travel possibilities, and other issues of interest to students. Participants will have time to ask questions.

Student Forum: Small Programs; Big Impact

Are you the type that does not want to go where everyone else is heading? Do you have the desire to be more a student and traveler of the world than a tourist headed for the most popular destinations? Ever wonder where students study if they want that “Wow, small program but incredible experience!” reaction? Come and meet students who studied in little hidden gems in El Salvador, South Africa, Senegal, Granada, Costa Rica, Prague, Denmark, Amsterdam, Turks & Caicos, Scotland, New Zealand, and many more of the numerous unique places our programs offer. If you want to follow your heart and not the crowd, come and find out how.

Student Forum: Housing Abroad

Participants in this workshop listen to panelists from the Housing Office, Office of Student Life, and Study Abroad Office, and former study abroad students on ways to deal with issues such as how to secure university housing for the Winter term while abroad, tips on subleasing your apartment while you’re abroad, and housing options abroad.

Student Forum: Financing Your Study Abroad Program

Worried about funding your semester abroad? Did you know that the tuition for International Programs is now the same per quarter as SCU tuition, but that the room, board, and other program fees vary with location? This workshop covers all information on Study Abroad tuition and fees as well as options for funding your term(s) abroad. If you are one of the many students receiving federal and state grants, private scholarships, student loans from the SCU financial aid office, then you may want to attend this workshop and find out how your aid is applied to your term abroad, and how to prevent complications and delays with your financial aid package. Those of you looking for other ways to finance your studies abroad, find out about applying for scholarships and grants from the literally thousands of funding sources for international education in practically every field of studies.

 

  

Group Apply Sessions

These workshops are specifically for students whose program-specific applications are ready to be submitted to the International Programs Office. It gives students the chance to informally meet other students who are applying to the same program.



 


Group Apply: IES, Argentina

Applicants to the IES Argentina program will have a chance to meet each other and IES Argentina alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: CIEE- Paris

Applicants to the CIEE Paris program will have a chance to meet each other and CIEE Paris alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: Loyola Beijing Center

Applicants to the Beijing Center program operated by Loyola University Chicago will have a chance to meet each other and Beijing Center alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: Arcadia - Bond University

Applicants to Arcadia University’s program at Bond University in Australia will have a chance to meet each other and Bond University alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: Arcadia – Australia

Applicants to Arcadia University’s various programs in Australia (other than Bond University) will have a chance to meet each other and Arcadia Australia alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: Syracuse Madrid

Applicants to the Syracuse Madrid program will have a chance to meet each other and Syracuse Madrid alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: Syracuse Florence

Applicants to the Syracuse Florence program will have a chance to meet each other, and Syracuse Florence alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: CIEE Seville

Applicants to the CIEE Seville program will have a chance to meet each other and CIEE Seville alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: Loyola Rome Center

Applicants to the John Felice Rome Center program operated by Loyola University Chicago will have a chance to meet each other and Rome Center alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: SCU Casa de la Solidaridad

Applicants to the SCU Casa de la Solidaridad program will have a chance to meet each other, submit their completed application packets, review the next steps in the application process, and meet alumni of the Casa program. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: SCU London

Applicants to the SCU London program will have a chance to meet each other and SCU London alumni, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: IES Paris

Applicants to the IES Paris program will have a chance to meet each other, submit their completed application packets, review the next steps in securing a student visa, and meet alumni of the IES Program in Paris. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: IES Vienna

Applicants to the IES Vienna program will have a chance to meet each other, submit their completed application packets, review the next steps in securing a student visa, and meet alumni of the IES Program in Vienna. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: IES, Rome

Applicants to the IES Rome program will have a chance to meet each other, submit their completed application packets, review the next steps in securing a student visa, and meet alumni of the IES Program in Rome. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: IES, Barcelona

Applicants to the IES Barcelona program will have a chance to meet each other, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in securing a student visa. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: Denmark

Applicants to the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) program at the University of Copenhagen will have a chance to meet each other and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.

Group Apply: Arcadia Florence

Applicants to Arcadia University’s program in Florence, Italy will have a chance to meet each other, submit their completed application packets, and review the next steps in the application process. Participants are required to bring all program-specific required documents (see application checklist) and their SCU transcript to this session. If you applied online, bring a printed copy of the program-specific application. Incomplete applications will NOT be accepted. Limited space. RSVP online to secure your spot.


 



 

Pre-Departure Orientation Workshops

The following workshops are geared toward students who have been accepted to a study abroad program.



  

Dealing with Different Teaching Styles Abroad: Culture Shock in the Classroom

Depending on the program and country, schools abroad can be quite different from SCU. Classes may have less formal structure and instructors often place more responsibility on the students to organize their studies. A panel of international educators and former study abroad students will discuss the various ways to succeed in a variety of educational systems abroad.


Succeeding Amidst Culture Shock

When you leave home to head to a foreign country, you are essentially starting an entirely new life for yourself. This is obviously going to take a while to adjust to, as trying to adapt to a new environment including the basic things you take for granted friends, language skills, food, family, fashion style, and even Malley Center. When you place yourself in a foreign environment, you no longer have these privileges. How do you deal with the inevitability of culture shock? A panel of experts and SCU International Ambassadors will discuss practical tips on dealing with culture shock.


Travel Writing

Ever wonder about the best travel writers today? Care to find out how to publish your thoughts and reflections from your study abroad experiences? Prof. Jill Gould from the English Department will discuss practical tips on journaling while studying abroad. 


Technology and Banking Abroad

What is the best cell phone service to use when traveling abroad? What are the different charges associated with using an ATM card versus a credit card in foreign countries? Students will gain insight into questions about telephone companies and banks from a panel of SCU International Ambassadors and returned students, and will have the opportunity to ask these students what they preferred to do while abroad.


How to NOT act like an American Idiot Abroad

How do other countries really view Americans? Is the international opinion of Americans as bad as we are made to think it is? This discussion-based workshop will address the questions or concerns that students may have in terms of this ever-present question. Students will interact with SCU international ambassadors, and possibly faculty from the various departments at Santa Clara involved with international relations to gain a better understanding of how Americans are seen in other countries. For an added bonus, several study abroad students visiting Santa Clara will participate with their candid and friendly opinions and suggestions for those who are about to go abroad and want to blend in rather than perpetuate the stereotype.


Staying Healthy & Staying Safe

Ever wonder how the Europeans stay so slim and trim without clocking hours of work outs at Malley? Are there going to be problems with safety abroad? At this panel-based workshop, students will be able to get information about how to stay healthy, stay safe, and to make the most of their experience abroad. Students will get an idea of the foods they must try and those they might want to avoid for health or safety reasons. SCU international ambassadors will be present to lead this discussion.


Being a Woman Abroad

This is a session designed to inform and educate women about their role and their safety abroad. We will address different ways for women to maintain their safety and also to understand the importance of acting appropriately while abroad—there are so many different customs and norms for women in other countries, and it is important for female students to understand and feel comfortable with these prior to their departure. This discussion-based panel will be led by SCU international ambassadors and other female volunteers.


Hostel Hopping Abroad

Do you imagine your travels to consist of you sleeping in a four-star hotel? Think again and maybe consider the wide variety of thematic hostels available with some of the same amenities, cheaper prices and a friendly atmosphere. Want to become a first-rate hostel critic? This discussion based-panel will be led by SCU international ambassadors that have exeperienced the ritzy hostels down to the places you don’t want to go in the day let alone sleep in at night. So hop on board and listen to the adventures of hostel hopping as well as what to do scenarios. For istance, what to do when and it will happen, your German bunk-mates are coughing and snoring all night long? Ah the adventures of hostel hopping!


Putting Your Own Spin on Abroad

Do you wonder how you can spread Santa Clara’s mission abroad? Are you and advocate for change and want to find others who share your passion to volunteer? Or if not through volunteer experience, come learn how you can make your time spent abroad more meaningful and rich with the people or experiences that you discover. Please join this panel-based discussion led by International Ambassadors who experienced ways to volunteer and spread compassion during their time abroad.


Make-Up Orientation Session: For Excused Students Only

Students who requested and have been granted permission to miss the required pre-departure orientation are required to attend one of the scheduled make-up sessions. If you have a legitimate reason to be excused from the pre-departure orientation, please send an email to studyabroad@scu.edu with the reason. Then RSVP online for one of the general session.

  

 

  

Re-Entry Workshops




 

Re-Entry Day: Reconnect! Reflect! Relax!
January 8, 2011, 10:00 am - 1:30 PM, Williman Room.
All returning study abroad students are invited to register for this wonderful day to reconnect with other returnees to reflect on their study abroad experiences and get some tips on dealing with the inevitable reverse culture shock. Facilitated by Study Abroad Peer Advisors, International Ambassadors, and graduate interns at the Counseling Center, the Re-Entry Day starts with a breakfast and concludes with a BBQ in the backyard of the International Programs Office at 755 Franklin Street. It is the first training session for all new International Ambassadors. The first part of the day at Williman Room program is open to all interested returnees and the BBQ portion is only for the returnees who join the International Ambassador Program.

Re-Entry Reflection Groups
Co-sponsored by International Programs Office and the Peer Advisors, these small reflection groups meet several times in the evening to provide a chance for returning study abroad students to hear and tell stories from abroad, and reflect with others on the connections between where they've been, where they are, and where they are going. The groups meet several times during the first few weeks of the Winter quarter.  Students have the opportunity to sign up for any of the groups based on their schedule. Space is limited, so please sign up early.



Resumes for International Aficionados

January 11, 2011, 5-6 PM, Sobrato Commons

Have  you studied, worked, or volunteered abroad? Would you like to position yourself  for an international career? Learn how to integrate your international  experience on your resume. Find out how to communicate skills that are valued in  a global market. Take away advice for  approaching an international job search.


International Ambassadors Training
Returning study abroad students who wish to maintain their international educational leadership experiences are invited to join the International Ambassadors Training Program. Students who wish to become International Ambassadors and receive the International Leadership Certificate participate in a series of training workshops and lead a number of events during the Winter and Spring quarter.

 
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