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User Guide

Special Note to International Student Advisors and Faculty: Please download and print the User Guide. This thorough and easy-to-follow guide provides a step-by-step navigation and overview of the each course section. We encourage you to utilize this as another reference guide to help you and your students complete the courses and study abroad successfully.

User Information for Students, Faculty/Staff, and Parents:

All three courses are organized in the same format: each course has “modules” and a series of “tasks” within each module. Within each task, there are several “action” steps students need to take, including the time estimated to accomplish each action. Tasks and actions range from reading articles, linking to information, doing research, meeting with advisors, and creating personal plans to watching videos, reflecting on questions, writing essays, presenting their experiences, and taking quizzes to asses their knowledge. A student also has the opportunity throughout the course to contribute their ideas as described in the interaction section so that other students may benefit from their experience. See descriptions of individual courses on the Course Information page.

An important part of the uStudy.us Online Courses is for students to answer questions for reflection and do research in order to prepare for, make the most of, and make sense of their study abroad experience. Not only will they be completing these exercises individually, but they will also be interacting with other students who are on similar journeys as well as administrators and others whose knowledge and experience can be of use to them. As a result of their individual work and group interactions, students will gain insight into their experience and hopefully help others to do the same. Students who study in the U.S. for academic credit and complete the first two courses, including the Info Log assignments and U.S. outreach presentations can earn a uStudy.us Certificate. Student who also complete outreach presentations and info log assignments required in the third course will earn another uStudy.us Re-entry Certificate.

To go back to the page you just viewed, click the Back button on your browser. Use this method throughout the course. Another way to navigate backwards is to click on the each individual task or module link in the navigation bar to the left. That will get you to the main page for your module, and you can go from there. When we include external links to websites, a new window will generally open outside of our site.

Remember: At the bottom of the page in each step that you read or completed the activity, check the box and click the “Completed" Button in order to receive your certificate at the end!

Just Register and Login on the tabs above to begin!

Individual Reflection: The Information Log (Info Log)

Throughout the courses, students will be asked to record their thoughts, feelings, opinions, and research in an Information Log (Info Log) for later reference. As the students go through each module, they will build on their Info Log and can then export it to show parents, friends, teachers, and other students.

How and where students record their information can vary (blog, website, journal, etc.) and is up to their own preferences if they are completing the courses independently. If they are completing the courses as a group, their group leader may designate the format that their Info Log should take. Suggestions for the format of the Info Log are listed in Course 1 in the second action Create Your Info Log of the first task Create Info Log and Plan for Interaction of the first module Intro to Course 1: Before You Leave.

No matter how the students decide to set up their Info Logs, it is important for them to record their thoughts, learnings, and experiences in order to be able to reflect on their process for later learning.

Interaction With Others (Interaction)

In various parts of the courses, students will be asked to look at information and/or reflections that others have gathered; whether it be searching for other students’ Info Logs, blogs, websites, or postings in general. Students can choose how they would like to interact with others. For example, they may search for blogs or websites of other students who are currently studying abroad or if they are taking the courses as a group, students can be directed to search through a special website or blog page the group leader has set up for students to interact with each other. Some suggestions for interacting with others (Interaction) are listed in Course 1 in the fifth action Explore Options for Interactions of the first task Create Info Log and Plan for Interaction of the first module Intro to Course 1: Before You Leave.

Joining a Group (Students)   (click to view content)

Managing a Group (for Faculty/Staff only)   (click to view content)

Parent’s Role   (click to view content)


We welcome any questions, feedback, or suggestions you may have regarding these courses or other resources! Please contact us at email.