This material offers an opportunity to explore various aspects of intercultural communication and adjustment models that are known to impact upon all study abroad experiences. This is not a stand-alone, distance-learning course. Nor should it be a substitute for a University or program-based orientation or reentry program, if your institution has them available. When preparing to go abroad, you should take advantage of all study abroad meetings or program orientation briefings you can. Those offering country or culture-specific information and logistical support are especially valuable.

This resource guide for study abroad is organized around materials collected and developed over 30 years of offering cross-cultural training courses at the University of the Pacific, specifically the linked orientation and reentry courses of the School of International Studies (SIS). The site also includes materials adapted from the “Culture Matters” Peace Corps Workbook.