The International Experience Module is available to students going abroad for work, study or volunteer experience. It provides an opportunity for students to obtain information and knowledge for pre-departure and destination specific international experience. While abroad, students are encouraged to capture their experience. Upon re-entry to their home institution and culture students are encouraged to reflect on their experience to explore some of the issues and challenges they encounter.
Upon completion of the module, you will be able to: understand the benefits of international experience; identify pre-departure activities and requirements general to Memorial University and overseas placement or study location; describe and prepare for international destination specific regulations, resources and cultural norms; define issues regarding re-entry from an international destination back to the campus; and, gather, organize and obtain evidence of international experience.
Part 1: Introduction
Part I of the module provides an overview of the Internationalization Office and study and work abroad agreements that Memorial University has around the world. Deciding to study or work outside of Newfoundland and Canada requires some research which results in your ability to make informed decisions. Do you meet all of the requirements? Do you have the financial requirements? How does participation in a program abroad enhance your learning opportunity? Is studying or working abroad for you?
Part 2: Pre-Departure
Part 2 of the module provides students with information and knowledge related to the general concepts and best practices for international travel. Examples include safety and security, health insurance, and visa information.
Part 3: Country-Specific Information
Part 3 of the module provides students with links to information and knowledge pertaining to specific international destinations.
Part 4: Adjustment Information
Part 4 of the module provides students with information on adjusting, both to their destination and upon re-entry, enabling students to reflect on their international study or work experience. Insights into dealing with culture shock while on study/work experience and upon arriving home or back on-campus is provided. Students are encouraged to assess how this experience relates to their academic and career goals.
Part 5: Checklist
Part 5 of the module provides a printable checklist for students to ensure safety while traveling.
Part 6: Emergency Information
Part 6 of the module provides student with information for emergencies, including contact information and emergency procedures.