Getting a PassportTo apply for a passport go to a U.S. post office where you will find all the information you need. You will also find documents you need in WSEC 146 to help you prepare. Go to the Department of State Web site at http://travel.state.gov/ for information on many things regarding international travel. Be sure to read the information under passports. You can apply for a passport by mail or go to the locations they have on the website. You will need the following documentation:
- Application for Passport, Form DS-11. To download an application form, go to: http://travel.state.gov/passport/forms/forms_847.html
DO NOT sign the DS-11 application form until the Passport Acceptance Agent instructs you to do so.
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship (previous U.S. Passport, certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state, consular report of birth abroad or certification of birth, naturalization certificate or certificate of citizenship)
- Proof of Identity (Previous U.S. passport, Naturalization Certificate, valid Driver's license, Government ID: city, state or federal, Military ID: military and dependents). Your Social Security Card IS NOT proof of identity.
- Provide two 2x2 passport photos (remember you will need two additoinal photos if you are going to a country that requires a VISA).
- The application fee includes $55 for a passport, $12 for a security surcharge and $30 for the execution fee, for a total of $97.
- To pay, you may use (varies from place to place): credit cards—VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Debit/check cards (not ATM cards), checks, money orders or bank drafts. Check with the local post office or the Department of State.
- Social Security Number. If you do not provide your Social Security Number, the Internal Revenue Service may impose a $500 penalty. If you have any questions please call your nearest IRS office.
Scholarships and Financial AidStudying abroad is expensive; for that reason we try to find ways to help students reach their goals. There are many scholarships available through the College of Engineering, as well as the Office of International Affairs. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln also allows students to use college loans and is most generous. The university does require a budget, which we will help you put together. We can also find other ways to help you find the money to go, some of which are case-specific. Visit the International Engineering Programs office as soon as possible so we can begin the process. You may also go the International Affairs website to learn about other scholarship opportunities: http://www.unl.edu/iaffairs/study_abroad/scholarships.shtml
Getting Academic ApprovalYou will need to get your academic advisor's approval to do a study abroad program. You don't need it to apply for the program, but you definitely will want to talk to him/her to learn how to use your study abroad credits to advance your degree. Again, we can help you work with the faculty.
Do Your ResearchBrowse countries website, read books, talk to faculty and staff involved, talk to former students, don't be afraid to ask questions. You can find a list here of interesting books on study abroad and living in another country, though they are geared towards people staying for longer in another countries, some of the insights are very applicable to summer study abroad. Your faculty may also provide you with a list of books that they recommend.
Suggested Reading:To learn more about the country in which you will be studying, browse its Web site, read books, and talk to faculty, staff and students who have participated in the program. Don't be afraid to ask questions. We have a list of interesting books on study abroad and living in another country. Although many are geared toward longer stays, there is much that can be applied to summer study abroad. Your faculty may also provide you with a list of recommended reading.
|The Art of Crossing Cultures, by
Published by Intercultural Press, Inc., Yarmouth, Maine 1990
Using excerpts from literature by writers such as Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Noel
Coward and others, Storti offers insights into the process of cross-cultural adaptation.
|Background Notes, by U.S. Department
Published by U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington
Short informative pamphlets that include information about a country's people, land, history, government, political conditions, economy, etc. Updated continuously.
|Culturegrams, by V. Lynn
Published by Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
Brief (3-4 page) descriptions of various countries including geography, climate, political situation, culture and social customs.
|Do's and Taboos Around the World,
Edited by Roger E. Axtell
Published by Parker Pen & John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, 1995
A simple description of protocol, customs and etiquette around the world. Includes
phrases and gestures to avoid using as well as gift-giving customs.
|Survival Kit for Overseas Living,
by L. Robert Kohls
Published by Intercultural Press, Inc., Yarmouth, Maine 2001
Required reading for everyone planning an international experience. Very clearly and concisely written. Topics include stereotypes, definitions of culture, strategies for getting to know a host country and developing communications skills.
|The Whole World Guide to Culture
Learning, by J. Daniel Hess
Published by Intercultural Press, Inc., Yarmouth, Maine 1994
The best way to learn about another culture and understand its values is to immerse oneself and learn through experience. This book contains self analyses, self-instructional units, exercises, and methods by which the individual can pursue culture learning. This book serves as a handbook for cross-cultural adaptation and a guide to becoming an effective sojourner abroad.