Academic Advice & Regulations
- Attendance / Absence policies
- Add / Drop process
- Grade Appeals
- Final Exam schedule
- Different amenities (no central heating or AC, no dryers, limited hot water)
- Smaller sizes (smaller rooms, smaller closets, smaller refrigerators)
- Different availability of products and fresher foods that don’t last as long
- Limited WiFi and bandwidth
- Living with non-TCU students (either in the apartment or in the building)
- More street and neighbor noise, increased security, and keyed front entries
- Restrictions regarding guests and noise in your apartment
- Different (often shorter) store hours
- More walking
A new culture is intriguing and exciting, but may also be frustrating, confusing, and tiring. Your emotional resilience and ability to embrace differences are key to adaptation.
Overall, your experience will likely be amazing, exciting, and transformative – but some days will be challenging.
If you experience reactions like anxiety, anger, helplessness, and frustration, remember this is a normal reaction to a new culture.
Comparisons are welcome but negative judgments should be avoided. Practice flexibility, resourcefulness, self-reliance, and respect for others.
- Walking tours
- People watching in public spaces
- Museum visits
- Food classes
- Dance lessons
- Music lessons
- Concerts and musical events
- Sporting events
- Religious ceremonies
- Local clubs through your university or study abroad provider
- Field trips and cultural activities coordinated by your program
- Find a language partner and practice the local language
- Keep a journal or blog and reflect on your experiences
- Learn a few words of the language, such as "please" and "thank you"
- Assume good intentions from the people you meet. What you assume to be rudeness may simply be different norms
- Limit use of natural resources (water, electricity, etc.)
- Treat subjects with respect and dignity
- Get the consent of people you photograph, especially children
- Respect the culture and privacy of others
- Share photos responsibly
- Seek to understand, rather than judge
- Ask questions
- Laugh at your mistakes
Alcohol and Drug Concerns
Alcohol use is the primary cause of student accident, injury, victimization, and arrest abroad.American students who have been drinking are not only seen as disrespectful, they are often targeted by both criminals and police alike, potentially leading to:
- being a victim of crimes such as theft and assault.
- Students may become lost and disoriented, becoming vulnerable to crimes of opportunity.
- being arrested for public intoxication, among other crimes.
- Students are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws while abroad. If students are arrested for breaking the law in a foreign country, neither TCU, the program leaders, program providers, nor the U.S. Department of State can help. The laws of the host country prevail, without exception, in all situations.
- being dismissed from the program.
- Students must adhere to any rules set by the program leaders, program providers, or housing facilities.
The use or possession of narcotics or any other illegal substance on the program is expressly prohibited. Student use or possession of controlled substances abroad may be punishable by severe penalties (including arrest, prosecution, and dismissal from the program).
According to the US Department of State, several hundred US citizens are arrested abroad on drug charges every year.
Students are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws while abroad. If students are arrested for breaking the law in a foreign country, neither TCU, the program leaders, program providers, nor the U.S. Department of State can help. The laws of the host country prevail, without exception, in all situations.
Many other countries have much harsher laws against public intoxication, alcohol abuse, and use or possession of drugs. Legal sanctions pertaining to the use and possession of even the smallest amounts of illegal substances tend to be extremely severe.
U.S. authorities have no control or ability to assist a U.S. citizen found to be in violation of local law. In many countries, no distinction is made between personal use or possession and distribution or sale; in many developing countries, penalties can be life imprisonment or execution. Even associating with drug users can be very dangerous. U.S. laws and due process do not protect you abroad.
- TCU Victim Advocate: 817-257-7926
- TCU Police (24 hours): 817-257-7777
- University Sexual Harassment Officer, Dr. Kathy Cavins-Tull: 817-257-7820, firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact On Call at +1 603-952-2062 and also contact your local on-site staff. On Call provides emergency services, medical referrals, and insurance while abroad.If you need minor medical care, be prepared to pay up front. After receiving care, you can submit a claim to On Call for reimbursement. If you prefer and have time to wait, you can contact On Call to schedule an appointment and prepay for your medical services.