Study Abroad Dates: January 3 - 12, 2018
2018 Theme: Biomedicine and Biopsychosocial-Spiritual Perspectives on Prevention
This course will provide exposure to the challenge of conducting research on physical and mental health in a globalized world. Through the lens of globalization, the course will explore the many ways in which the world has changed, created new challenges for individuals and societies, and the challenge of conducting research to help make sense of that change. There will be focus on Adolescent Health - Mental and Physical. Through a series of didactic lectures, field experiences, and project work, aided by interdisciplinary experts, students will explore adolescent health and well being in a globalized world. Topics covered will range from the bio-psychosocial perspective on health to promotion, prevention, ethics, barriers, and facilitators of health and well-being. Participants will interact with students from BITS-Pilani in conjunction with Apollo Hospital, in a unique workshop which will be followed by a presentation of ideas of cultural and behavioral influences on health in a poster session by participants from both countries.
If approved, students will be enrolled in January Study Abroad and will receive credit on their course equivalency for:
PSY296K - CRN 10071 (3 credits)/PSY651O - CRN 10072 (3 credits) OR NUR299 (3 credits).
Students will be housed in the BITS-Pilani campus dormitories.
Meet your Faculty Director
Dr. Suchday - firstname.lastname@example.org - 212-346-1506
Program Cost and Itinerary
The program fee approximately ($1,950**) is in addition to flight, and includes the following:
** Subject to change
- Some meals
- Cultural excursions
- Local Transportation
- Student advisement
- Parental support
- Local travel resources
Payments and Deadlines
All payments must be completed by the stated deadlines below. For undergraduates, $1,000 honors scholarship can be applied.
2018 estimated program fee $1,950** (in addition to $100 study abroad fee)
$500 deposit: November 1, 2017
$1,450 balance: December 1, 2017
Requesting Financial Aid
You may request that your financial aid package be extended for your study abroad program.
We will work with you if you have special circumstances and cannot meet the established payment deadlines. Please contact email@example.com for payment plan request.
Honors' Scholarship for eligible students.
**subject to change
Please be advised of the Pace University Cancellation Policy below:
"I hereby acknowledge that the University reserves the right to make cancellations, changes or substitutions to the program at any time and for any reason, with or without notice, and that the University shall not be liable for any loss whatsoever to program participants as a result of such cancellations, changes, or substitutions. I understand that the University reserves the right to cancel, terminate, and/or discontinue the program at any time. Any refund of tuition and fees, if appropriate, shall be issued pursuant to the University’s and University program’s policies."
Passport and Visa
It is important to obtain the necessary documents before you depart for your study abroad program. In order to cross international borders, you must be able to prove your identity and nationality.
What is a Passport?
A passport is a document issued by your national government that certifies your identity and nationality for the purpose of international travel. Almost all international travel requires that you have and carry a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after re-entry to the United States.
For citizens of the United States, passports are issued by the US Department of State and provides many uses:
It is important not to confuse a Passport Book with a Passport Card. A Passport Book is valid for international travel by air, sea, or land. A Passport Card is valid when entering the US from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossing or sea ports-of-entry. A Passport Card is not valid for international travel by air.
- When presented abroad, it is a request to foreign governments to permit you to travel or temporarily reside in their territories and access all lawful local aid and protection.
- It allows you access to US Consular services and assistance while abroad.
- It allows you to re-enter the United States upon your return home.
How Do I Apply for a Passport?
First time applicants should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. Applicants must bring their completed application, photos, required documents, and form of payment to one of many acceptance offices, which can be found using the State Department's passport acceptance facility search page.
Those looking to renew an adult passport should follow the instructions listed on the State Department’s website. For citizens over 16 years of age, a passport is valid for 10 years.
The fee to receive or renew a passport is available on the State Department's full chart of costs. It generally takes 4 to 6 weeks to process, so apply for a passport as soon as possible. You could expedite the services at an additional charge.
What is a Visa?
A citizen of a foreign country who seeks to enter another country generally must first visa, which is placed in the traveler’s passport and allows you to travel to, from, and within that particular country or region legally.
Countries typically break visas down into types that reflect the purpose of your visit—tourism, studying, and working, among many potential others.
Each visa has different requirements necessary to obtain them depending on country, type, duration and nationality of the applicant. A country’s consular office should be able to provide you with a list of requirements based on these factors.
A visa is a privilege, not a right. A consular office may deny your visa application, so it is best to adhere to their requirements as much as possible.
How Do I Apply for a Visa?
Obtaining a visa is your responsibility. It is important that you know what is required of you before attempting to enter a country. Failing to obtain a visa (or the correct visa) could result in a denial of entry into a country, and even criminal charges.
You can find the most up-to-date visa information by contacting the consulate or embassy of your host country. US Citizens can also find current visa information on the US State Department website.
Non-resident students must reach out to International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Check if you will be able to keep your SEVIS record active while participating in the study abroad program.
- Inquire about re-entry to the US at the completion of your program. Will you need to renew your US visa? Will your travel signature be valid?
- If it will be your final semester, ask whether study abroad will impact your ability to apply for Optional Practical Training (F-1s).
How to Apply
India uses the Indian Rupee as its national currency.
Standard electricity in India runs at 230 volts, while electricity in the US runs at 110 volts. Students must purchase plug adapters and power converters to protect their electronic devices. These can be purchased in the US or in India. We recommend you purchase your larger heating appliances such as hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons in India to save room in your luggage and you do not need to purchase an extra voltage converter. These heating appliances can be found throughout major cities and are generally not expensive.
What are plug adapters and power converters? Plug adapters allow you to plug your American flat-pronged (plug type A) device into India's two (or three) round-prong socket (plug type C, D, M). Power converters protect your appliances from overheating, which usually occurs with high current devices such as hair dryers and curling irons. Most plug adapters and power converters can be purchased in a set but for heating devices it is recommended that you purchase a power cord as well.
WiFi vs. International Phones
International cell phone options vary depending on your individual wants and needs. Some students choose to disconnect from their home using only local WiFi to keep in touch, while others want to use their phone to keep in touch with family and friends, post to Instagram, Facebook, or surf the web. Be sure to talk with your family before choosing an option.
International Cell Phone Plans
You can use your own cell phone with an international calling plan. These plans vary depending on your cell phone provider. These plans can be complex so be sure to call your provider for detailed information such as roaming charges, international dialing and receiving of calls and international sending and receiving of texts.
International Sim Cards
Purchasing an international or global sim card allows you to use your own cell phone at reduced rates around the world. Sim cards are best for travelers who are either visiting many countries and/or going to be in a country for a short period of time. You will keep your own cell phone number, have access to voice, text, and data, but spend less on your call service. You pay as you go and reload your sim card when you need to. In order to do this option, you must have a GSM carrier unlocked cellphone for the sim card to work. To find out if you can unlock your cellphone you must contact your cell phone provider.
Buying or Renting an International Phone
Another option is to buy or rent a cellphone for your time abroad. There are many services that offer cell phone plans from basic, very inexpensive cell phones to expensive smartphones.
Below are a few websites where you can purchase and international cell phone. Keep in mind there are tons of sites for you to find a phone. Make sure they are legitimate sites (read the reviews).
WiFi and Apps
Turning off your cell phones data and roaming and relying on WiFi is the cheapest way to keep in touch with family and friends. However, with this option you do not have the ability to Google directions, food or find a place to listen to a live band. Students can also use WiFi, which us usually available in large chain cafes, hotels, hostels and some restaurants. There are many apps you can use to communicate with family and friends such as Skype, WhatsApp, Viber, Facebook Messenger, Line and more.
In January, temperatures range from 60 to 80°F.
Luckily you will miss monsoon season and the climate will be mostly dry. Be sure to carry water with you, as temperatures can be quite high.
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In Hyderabad, students should dress on the conservative side. Even though it will be warm in temperature, be sure to not wear shirts that are low cut or tank tops. You do not want to attract unwanted attention from strangers. Be safe and mindful about how you are presenting yourself. All clothing should fall below the knees for all students. Capris or pants would be the best option!
Health & Safety
Your health and safety are Pace International's top priority and it should be yours as well. Always be aware of your surroundings, travel in pairs and when you are out at night, stick to licensed taxi’s only. Always have your identification, your insurance card, your hotel card, a debit or credit card, and some cash on you at all times. Do not carry your passport with you unless specified by your professor. Keep your passport, large sums of money, prescription medication, any important documentation and electronics in your hotel room, preferably in a safe at all times.
Before traveling to a new country, it is important to do your research. Every country has visible cultural and social norms such as dress, language and food in which you can easily notice. Although these norms are technically visible, there is some ambiguity, especially concerning language. You may think you are using a word one way but the local population will perceive it another way.
Be aware that there are non-visible cultural and social norms. Learning these norms before you depart will prevent embarrassment or even worse, insulting the locals. You are a guest in their country so it is important to respect their social norms.
Below are some examples of the Indian culture that are important to know before departing on your study abroad program.
If you have a question and do not know how to say it in Hindi, instead of speaking your question, write it down. Generally, Indians do know English but they understand it better when written, as accents can confuse words. This is especially useful when taking a taxi. If you do speak English, make sure to speak clearly and slowly.
Key words and Phrases
Pronunciation of words in Hindi can seem difficult but do not let that deter you from learning the language. Quick tip - Write down the words phonetically next to the correct spelling of the word to help. Click here to learn how correct pronunciation.
|My name is Theresa
||mera naam Theresa hai
|How are you?
||aap kaisi hai
|I am fine
||mai thik hu
|I am from America
||mei America se hu
|Nice to meet you
||aap se milke khusi hui
|How much or what is the cost
||kitnay ha hai
||bill de dijiye
|Please take me to my hotel
||mujhe ek taxi chahiye
|I don't know
||mujhe nahi malum
|Where is the toilet
||toilet kidhar hai
|How to get to the station
||station ka rasta bataiye
|0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
||shunya, ek, do, teen. char, panch
Another tip - Bollywood movies are fun ways to pick up some words in Hindi as well as learn new songs. There are many popular movies that are available on the internet.
Hyderadad is a city for food lovers and is know as Deccani cuisine of India. Food from this southern city is known all over the world. If you've eaten Indian food before, you've most likely tasted the flavors of Hyderadad. Most popular dish of Hyderabad is Hyderabadi Biryani, which is a dish made of basmati rice, spices, and goat (or chicken). It has a very distinct aroma and is a favorite among the locals - a must try!
Norms and Faux Pas
Don't assume you can use a person's first name--in many parts of the country it's considered rude.
Take off your shoes at people's homes, places of worship and even in some shops and businesses. Rule of thumb: If you see shoes near the door, assume you should take yours off too. Speaking of shoes, be mindful of where you put your shoes, as they are considered unclean. You can put your bare feet up on a table or a chair but never your shoes. Try not to touch others with your feet or shoes. You'll notice Indians on the train making a simple gesture of apology if they accidentally touch someone with their feet. It is a quick gesture where the right hand, palm out, is extended toward the point of contact and drawn back, palm in, toward the chin or chest.
Even if you see beef on a menu, do not order it for dinner, especially if you are in mixed company. At times even saying "beef" or "pig" in public, is a faux pas. Cows and pigs are sacred animals, it is important to respect this while in India.
Never talk about Indian culture in a negative light. Also, refrain from getting into any religious or political-related topics, as these are sensitive issues in the country.
Hyderabad is a bustling, crowded city and public transportation can easily become crowded and hot. To avoid such places, traveling by taxi or rickshaw are the best means of transportation. They are also the safest means of transportation, especially for females. if a meter is not being used, you must agree to a price before the ride. Try to have an idea of where you are going or how long it should take to get there so you don't get cheated.
When taking local transportation, never accept a ride when someone is already in the cab. If possible, order a cab beforehand.
Things to pack in your carry-on: Follow airline customs and regulations http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/3-1-1-carry-ons
- Remember that everything you pack you will need to carry. If you are unable to carry it on your own, then you are packing too much!
- Leave some room for any new items you may purchase while abroad.
- Inquire about airline luggage regulations and pack accordingly.
- Find out about dress customs in your destination and pack clothes that will help you blend-in with the locals.
- Pack a nice outfit for special occasions.
- Do not pack anything that you are not willing to lose.
- If you are going to a place where the temperature will vary, pack clothes that you can layer.
- Pack clothes that don’t require special wash.
- You will probably walk more than the usual, bring comfortable shoes! In some destinations closed-toes shoes may be recommended due to possible injuries or infections.
- Power adapters and converters as applicable http://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/world-electricity-guide.html
- If you know your roommate, see if you can share some items.
- Bring tissues and toilet paper.
- Shower shoes
- Backpack or tote bag for day field trips
- Find out if you really need to bring a laptop. Keep in mind that a laptop can be stolen, so you may need to carry with you at all times.
- Cell phone
- Visa (if applicable)
- Financial documents
- Airline tickets (round trip)
- Letter of acceptance in your study abroad program
- Address where you will need to go as well as arrival instructions
- Important phone number(s)
- Prescription medications appropriately packed and identified
- Toiletries and a change of clothes in case of baggage or flight delays
- Cell Phone
- Pocket Dictionary
Flying internationally can be an expensive purchase. As a student there are many discounts you can take advantage of. Remember to do your research and compare prices. If you have a credit card that as a point system, you may be able to use those points towards your airplane ticket.
Below are some websites we feel have the best prices for student travelers:
Keeping in touch
Keeping in touch with family and friends is becoming easier as WiFi is more prevalent in international cities. You no longer need to spend a ton of money to call home or go to an internet café. Downloading apps on your smartphone is becoming an essential resource for travelers.
Some apps that you will find yourself needing:
Money, money, money… It is an important component to your study abroad program to have all your money matters taken care of before departing. From contacting your banks, to creating a budget and obtaining local currency, this is a step you should begin as early as possible.
It is important to contact your banks to let them know you are traveling internationally and for how long. If you do not let your banks know, not only will you not be able to use your credit cards or debit cards, your accounts will be frozen. Unfreezing accounts take time, time in which you will not have any money available for you to use.
Creating a budget for yourself is essential to not running out of money abroad and having to call friends or family for additional funds. Below is a budget worksheet to help you stay on track with your money.
Taking your credit card abroad is very common and probably the easiest way to make a purchase. Be aware of interest rates and international charges. Some credit cards charge you a lot for a single purchase while others have no international transaction fees. Call your bank to find out what the international transaction fee is on your card. Please note: International cards vary by card, not by company. For example, some Chase cards have zero fees, while another may have a very large fee. Read the guidelines carefully before deciding on a card.
Make sure your credit card has a designated pin number. You will need a pin number to make any purchase. If you do not have a pin, or if you are unsure, a quick call to your bank will clear up any confusion.
Currency exchange rates can be high and the interest rate at many shops, especially near or in airports or train station, can really hurt your budget. You will generally receive the best exchange rate at your bank. You should being $100 to $200 dollars in the local currency with you. Some banks have the most popular currency, like Euros on hand, while others have to be ordered. This process can take up to 2 or 3 weeks so be sure to do this in advance. If and when you need more cash, an ATM is your best option, but again be aware of transaction fees. Not only will the bank whose ATM you are using charge you, your bank will most likely charge you as well.
Below are a list of international credit cards we suggest:
- Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
- BankAmericard Travel Rewards® Credit Card
- Discover it® 12:12
- Wells Fargo Propel World American Express
- Citi ThankYou® Premier Card
- Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card
- Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit Card
- Capital One® Spark® Cash for Business (all Capital One cards have zero international transaction fees - these are our favorite)