University 101 Programs

See The World

Presentation Abstract
The Study Abroad Office’s “See the World” presentation is designed to give students the tools necessary to start thinking about the many international education opportunities available at USC. Peers and graduate students highlight their own international experiences and facilitate a discussion on opportunities for overseas study, internship, research and service. With this highly interactive environment, no two presentations are exactly alike. “See the World” presenters will discuss the benefits of international education, and addresses students’ individual concerns by dispelling study abroad myths. Presenters then outline the steps students need to take to begin the study abroad process.

University 101 Learning Outcomes

II a) Identify and use appropriate campus resources and engage in opportunities that contribute to their learning within and beyond the classroom.

Students will learn about the services offered by Study Abroad Office. The presentation gives them an overview of how to get started in studying abroad and the types of opportunities available. Through a presentation about their own experience, the presenter demonstrates to students how they (a peer) connected an education abroad experience to their own larger educational experience at USC. Through discussion and reflection, the moderator will help students understand how international education connects to their own personal, professional, and academic goals.

III a) Clarify their values and identity and articulate how these shape their perspectives and relationships with people who are similar to and different from themselves.

One of the most important topics we address in the “See the World” presentation is a discussion of misconceptions and assumptions about education abroad. Examples include logistical barriers such as "I couldn't possibly afford it" and "It's not for students in my major", as well as societal barriers and stereotypes that cause students to be fearful of people from other cultures. This presentation shows students that a variety of student types can study abroad, and that students who have previously studied abroad became friends with, and had positive interactions with, people who may have been perceived negatively prior to their travel.

Presentation Learning Outcomes
As a result of this presentation, students will:
-Understand the importance of international education to personal, academic and professional development, and learn reasons to get excited about studying abroad.
-Dispel myths about global education programs, such as "It's not affordable" or "I can't go abroad with my major," by interacting with study abroad returnees and learning from them what the study abroad experience is like.
-Become familiar with the Study Abroad Office as a campus resource for international study, and understand the basics of how the study abroad process works, including general information about the wide array of overseas programs available, the applicability of scholarships and financial aid and the credit approval process.

Presentation Outline
The majority of presentations are done by peer advisors, peer interns, or graduate assistants. These students are paid employees of the Study Abroad Office and are trained on the office's policies and procedures, as well as the presentation format. As needed, full time staff may present or co-present. The outline may change slightly due to class interests, student majors, etc. We begin the presentation with introductions. In addition to learning about the moderator, this is also an opportunity for the presenter to learn the students' majors and where they may be interested in studying. We then move into an internationally-themed icebreaker. While this activity may change, the idea is to get students thinking about international themes and involved in the discussion.The presenter gives a personalized presentation about his/her own study abroad experience. This is an opportunity for the class to connect with a peer who made the decision to go abroad. Presenters are encouraged to highlight some of their favorite things and experiences, use pictures from their time abroad, and talk about how they made the decision to go.Following the individual presentation by the moderator, we ask the class to reflect on their own study abroad goals. To facilitate this process, we have created a "Scattergories Abroad" game. The three major topics we cover are WHERE: Countries, cities and regions where students might want to study abroad, WHY: Advantages of study abroad, and WHY NOT: Barriers or perceived barriers to study abroad. The moderator discusses and debriefs each category (WHERE/WHY/WHY NOT). This is an opportunity for the peer leader to tell students about key things such as:Different types of study abroad programs available and where students can go, personal, academic, and career advantages to study abroad and available scholarships, how to start planning, and how to get your courses approved in your major to go abroad. The moderator then lets students know how to get started with the Study Abroad Office, and allows time for additional questions.

Presentation Length
50 minutes; 75 minutes;

Presenter Training
The majority of presentations are done by either graduate or undergraduate students who work in the study abroad office. Occasionally, full time staff may facilitate the presentation, and volunteers may contribute to portions of these presentation. All presenters take part in training on how to present the topic. Training covers the “See the World” presentation specifically, but also general presentation skills, classroom etiquette and expectations. Presenters perform mock presentations during this training, and as employees of the Study Abroad Office participate in in-depth training of study abroad procedures, web resources, and when to refer a student to an advisor. This allows our presenters to both share their personal experience studying abroad and to relate students' questions to their own story. A full-time staff member observes each presenter's first 2-3 presentations to give them personalized feedback to further develop their individual presentation styles.