New Study Abroad Acclimation Guides Prepare Young Americans to be Informed, Respectful Global Citizens

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The 501c(3) Glimpse Foundation announces the release of its new PDF Study Abroad Acclimation Series, based on extensive survey responses from hundreds of returned study abroad students across the country.

As 2006 commences, a year designated by the U.S. Senate as the “Year of Study Abroad,” the Glimpse Foundation has released the first three of its PDF Study Abroad Acclimation Guides: "Culture Shock," "Language Learning" and "American Identity Abroad." All guides are based on extensive survey responses from hundreds of returned study abroad students across the country. They are comprised of advice, anecdotes and statistical data pertaining to the theme at hand, including practical tips about effective measures that students can take before, during and after their abroad experience.

Fresh, funny and insightful, Glimpse PDF guides have been praised by international educators across the country and are proving to be essential additions to college study abroad offices’ cultural orientation programs. As Chris Deegan, Director of Study Abroad at University of Illinois, Chicago, says, they offer “student voices about themes critical to a successful study abroad experience and also to being an attentive and responsive community, national and global citizen.”

"Culture Shock" helps students confront the challenges of adjusting to life abroad, including how to prepare for culture shock, how to handle it while abroad and how to handle reverse culture shock upon return to the United States. "Language Learning," designed for students traveling to non-English-speaking countries, offers advice for transcending language barriers and communicating effectively with locals. "American Identity Abroad" helps students to cope with anti-Americanism overseas and to navigate other sticky issues that surround being a citizen of the “world's only superpower.” Future Study Abroad Acclimation Guides will include "Traveling Abroad as an American of Color," "Gender and Sexuality Issues Abroad" and "Living Abroad in a Developing Country."

The guides are published by the 501(c)3 Glimpse Foundation, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and exchange, particularly between the United States and the rest of the world, by providing print and electronic forums for sharing the experiences of young adults living and studying abroad. The Foundation runs two primary programs: Glimpse Quarterly and, which both feature first-person stories written by study abroad students and international volunteers, providing insight into the daily realities of life abroad.

Glimpse Quarterly, circulation 15,000, is distributed to study abroad offices at member colleges and is available nationally in bookstores and on newsstands. networks the hundreds of thousands of current and returned U.S. study abroad students and offers a database of over 400 articles from almost 100 countries, as well as a growing library of blog posts and “Ask the Expert” peer-to-peer communication features. The Glimpse Foundation partners with 800 colleges and exchange program providers across the country to recruit student contributors; over 1,200 study abroad students are currently registered on the site.

The 501(c)3 Glimpse Foundation was established by Brown University students in November 2001, who began full-time production upon their graduation in May 2002 with generous seed funds from the National Geographic Society.

Download samples of Glimpse’s PDF Study Abroad Acclimation Guides here:

Full access to the guides is available upon request. (Complimentary access for review purposes only.)

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