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ERIC Number: ED358492
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Pages: 13
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Culture Shock: A Student's Perspective of Study Abroad and the Importance of Promoting Study Abroad Programs.
Miller, Eric J.
Predicated on the idea that students traveling and studying abroad must learn ways to cope with the loss of cultural symbols familiar to them, this paper uses a college student's personal travel experiences to examine what coping strategies helped and how the lessons learned could help others in the same situation. After pointing out that the primary reason for going abroad is usually to polish foreign language skills, the paper focuses on three phases of study abroad: (1) the stage prior to studying in another country (in this case, Mexico); (2) the stage in the host country; and (3) the reentry stage. The paper also mentions that, among many advantages, a study abroad program provides necessary learning tools in today's world and is on the cutting edge of expanding career possibilities. The paper concludes that a student develops the recognition and acceptance of differences and dimensions of other cultures and an objectivity about his or her own country, as a direct result of the study abroad experience. (Contains 16 references.) (NKA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mexico