Besides the OCP handbook, the CIE has a small reference library with books on foreign educational systems and reference works dealing with foreign study. Here is a list of some reference materials that you may want to consult early in the planning stage.
- Program Literature: On our Off-Campus Wall in the CIE. Program websites are available on our website.
- Program Evaluations: Albion students must complete a program evaluation form after their off-campus experience. You will find these forms in loose leaf binders on the open shelf in the CIE. We encourage you to read the evaluations for the programs you are considering before making any final decision. They invariably provide information that a promotional brochure would not or could not!
- Lists of Returnees: Albion students who have returned to campus from off-campus programs are excellent sources of information, as are the faculty advisors to the programs. You will find lists of returnees and faculty advisors in the back of this booklet and at the CIE.
- Study Abroad Web Sites: Students looking for information about study abroad programs may find the following websites useful:
- World Atlas
- International Handbook of Universities 15th Edition: Basic information about universities and other institutions of higher learning outside the Commonwealth.
- Getting the Most from Study Abroad, New York: Natavi Guides 2002 Provides written works by students with study abroad experience for students looking for study abroad tips.
- Academic Year Abroad 2002. Institute of International Education, ed. Marie O'Sullevan: A complete guide to planning an academic year or semester abroad.
- Peterson's Study Abroad 2002.
- Peterson's Summer Study Abroad 2002.
- Alternative Travel Directory 2002, general editor, Clayton
Hubbs. This thorough up to date directory is billed as "the complete
guide to work, study, and travel overseas."
- The world wide web. A wealth of information about countries, universities and safety and health issues. Two important sites are:
US State Department Travel Warnings and Consular Information
This site describes tense or dangerous situations around the world. It also provides general travel information about all countries. An important source of information for your country of choice.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
This is another must see site to find out what health risks exist for the areas where you plan to study or travel. Also, the CDC lists necessary inoculations and prophylactic measures.
Once you have selected your OCP options, you will find other books, maps, brochures, etc., in the CIE about your study abroad destination as well as on the program's web site. These materials may help answer your questions or concerns about travel, entertainment possibilities, politics, etc. Famous among all student travelers is the Let's Go series. There are also Lonely Planet on a Shoestring guides for Western Europe and Australia.