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  1. Intro to Course 1: Steps to Study in the U.S.
    1. Create Your Basics
      • What We Hope You will Gain from Course 1
      • Create Your Info Log
      • Create Your Profile
      • Explore Options for Interaction
    2. Why Study in the U.S?
      • The Top 10 Reasons
      • Determine Your Top 10 Reasons
      • Watch Others Explain Why to Study in the U.S.
      • Compare Your Reasons
    3. Sort out Your Expectations
      • Read about Expectations
      • Evaluate Your Expectations
      • Watch Students Talk About Their Expectations
      • Watch a Student Talk about Getting Ready to Study in the U.S.
    4. Reflect on How You Feel
      • Your Decision
      • Prepare Your Thoughts for Discussion

  2. Find a U.S. College or University
    1. Overview of U.S. Higher Education
      • University Information
      • Levels of Education
      • Undergraduate Programs
      • Graduate Programs
      • Doctoral Programs
    2. Community Colleges
      • What is Community College?
      • Advantage of Community College
      • Why Community College?
      • Can Community College Be for You?
      • Entering Community College
    3. Find the Right University for You
      • Your Major
      • Find out about GPA
      • Watch Students Talk about Finding the Right School
      • Select the Right Program
      • Research and Start Your Search
    4. Exchange Students Only
      • Exchange Student Difference
      • Find out about Academic Credit

  3. Logistics 1: Funding and Visa Information
    1. Funding Your Education in the U.S.
      • Financing Your Study in the U.S.
      • Research Funding Options
      • Cost of Living
    2. Manage Your Money While in the U.S.
      • Q&A: Money
      • Monetary Issues
    3. Visa Information
      • Types of Visas
      • F-1 Student Visa
      • Family Members with F-2 Visa
      • Documents for a Student Visa
      • Visa Process and Issues
    4. U.S. Entry Information
      • Organize Yourself
      • 10 Tips on Getting a U.S. Visa
      • Top 10 Interview Questions
      • Important Documents for U.S. Entry
      • Visa Issues for Community College Students

  4. General Cross-Cultural Strategies
    1. Learn About Culture the Hidden Dimension
      • Read about Culture
      • Iceberg Exercise
      • Iceberg Discussion
      • Consider Your Identity
    2. Learn About Stages of Adjustment
      • Stages of Adjustment
      • Write about a Stage of Adjustment
      • Stages of Adjustment Quiz
      • Watch Students Talk about Adjustment
    3. Be Aware of Culture Shock
      • Hear about Culture Shock
      • Read about Culture Shock
      • Homesickness
      • Think of How You Might be Different
      • Watch Others Talk About Culture Shock
    4. Find Out How to Cope with Culture Shock
      • 10 Tips on Culture Shock
      • Culture Shock Quiz
      • Watch One Student Adapt to a New Culture
      • Watch Others Talk About Problems Upon Arrival
      • Watch Others Talk About Adapting to the U.S.
    5. Know Your Communication Style
      • Communication Styles
      • Adjusting to Communication Styles
    6. Nonverbal Communication
      • Nonverbal Communication Defined
      • Cultural Differences of Nonverbal Communication
      • Nonverbal Communication Quiz

  5. U.S. Culture and the Global Perspective
    1. Find out How Much You Know about the U.S.
      • U.S. Basics Quiz
      • Examine the U.S. in Depth
      • Examine the State You Plan to Study In
      • Hear about Life in the U.S.
      • Five Perspectives
    2. Characteristics of People in the U.S.
      • Demeanor
      • Gestures
      • Personal Space
      • Read About U.S. Values
      • Consider Stereotypes and Generalizations
      • Relationships with other people:
    3. Research U.S. Facts
      • Economic Template
      • Political Template
      • Social Template
      • Sports & Entertainment Template
    4. Politeness and Etiquette
      • Cultural Etiquette
      • Etiquette in the U.S.
      • Etiquette Quiz
      • Cultural Etiquette Video
      • Watch Others Talk About U.S. Culture
    5. Global Influences
      • Consider Globalization and Its Impact
      • Learn More about Globalization
      • Determine How You Feel about Globalization
      • Current U.S. Politics
      • Global Citizen

  6. Logistics 2: Planning Your Study in the U.S.
    1. Housing in the U.S.
      • Types of Housing
      • Meal Plan
      • Pro vs. Con List
      • Research Your Housing Options
      • Watch about Dorm Life
    2. Plan for Communication in the U.S.
      • Communication Options in the U.S.
      • Watch Ways to Communicate
    3. Working on Campus
      • Reasons to Work on Campus
      • Check Out Jobs
      • Getting a Social Security Number
      • Watch Others Talk About On-campus Employment
    4. Other Things to Consider
      • Packing
      • Traveling to the U.S.
      • Transportation in the U.S.

  7. U.S. English Language Learning Strategies
    1. English Language Programs
      • English Language Programs
      • Different Types of English in the World
      • Watch Others Talk About Language
      • Watch an Advisor Talk About Special Classes
    2. Get Tips on Studying Language
      • Studying a Foreign Language
      • Tips on Learning English
      • Watch a Student Cope with Language Barrier
      • Watch Advice about Learning English
      • Perceptions of American English
    3. Learning Strategies
      • Foreign Language Learning
      • Listening in English
      • Reading English
      • Speaking English
      • Writing English
    4. Develop Your Language Plan
      • Develop Your Interaction Plan
      • Learn How to Cope with Language Fatigue
      • Improve Your Speech Act Confidence
      • Determine Your Learning Plan
      • Watch One Student's Experience with the Language Barrier

  8. Logistics 3: Health and Safety
    1. College Health Insurance
      • Health Care in the U.S.
      • University Health Insurance
      • Immunizations and Diseases
      • Private Health Insurance
      • Other Types of Insurance
    2. Best Practices for Health and Safety
      • Basic Health and Safety Advice
      • Know How to Stay Healthy and Safe
      • Top 10 Tips
      • Watch U.S. Staff Talk About Students "Partying" in the U.S.
    3. Other Safety Issues
      • Avoiding Crime
      • Drug Issues
      • Learn How to Avoid Legal Trouble
      • Road Safety
      • Unsafe Activities
    4. Designing a Crisis Management Plan
      • Research Crisis Questions
      • Answer Crisis Questions
      • Questions for Reflection
      • Emergency Card
      • Health and Safety Quiz

  9. Bring Your Culture with You
    1. Mentorship
      • Learn about Mentorship
      • Common Worries
      • Benefits - Why Participate?
      • Watch Why You should Participate
    2. Preparation at Home
      • Bring Visual Aids from Home
      • Gather Information
      • Watch Others Talk About Mentoring
    3. Who Will I Mentor?
      • U.S. College and University Students
      • K-12 Students
      • TRIO Program Students
      • Community Outreach

  10. Transition to Programs & Opportunities
    1. Educational Programs
      • Your First Program
      • Applying for Your Next Step
      • Undegraduate Admission Essay
    2. Internships and Work
      • Internships
      • Networking
    3. Plan for Returning Home
      • Plan for Readjustment
      • Be Aware of Reentry Shock
      • Coping with Reverse Culture Shock
      • Evaluate Course 1