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How to Prepare

The World at Your Fingertips

The World at Your Fingertips is an online resource designed to provide you with essential information to help you prepare for your experience abroad. Preparation is an important component of going abroad. The more you prepare, the better off you will be when you arrive in your host country! This site includes information that is relevant to participants of all types of international programs.

In addition to looking on the web, be sure to talk to real people who have been to the country to which you are going! UCI students can access the Returnee List for contact information for both students who have returned from abroad and international students from abroad who are currently studying at UCI. These students are eager to share their stories or answer any questions you may have about your country and program. Many of the international students who are here will be returning to their home country at the end of this year, allowing you to make friends with students there before you go. Connecting with these students is the perfect way to get an "insider perspective" of living in your soon-to-be host country, and will make the transition into your "new life" abroad that much more enjoyable.

If you are trying to find a program abroad, check out the Study Abroad Center web site.

Partial support for this project was provided by the United States Information Agency, through the Cooperative Grants Program of NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Additional support was provided by the USC Center for Global Education's SAFETI Clearinghouse Project, with a grant through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Comprehensive Program.

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