3 episodes

This series of three podcasts aims to help you reflect on how you are feeling about your time abroad as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, to prepare you for some of the ups and downs of culture shock, and to encourage you to do some contingency planning so that the whole experience goes as smoothly and enjoyably as possible.

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Preparing for your Undergraduate Time Abroad Oxford University

    • Education

This series of three podcasts aims to help you reflect on how you are feeling about your time abroad as an undergraduate at the University of Oxford, to prepare you for some of the ups and downs of culture shock, and to encourage you to do some contingency planning so that the whole experience goes as smoothly and enjoyably as possible.

Cover art photo by Emanuela Picone on Unsplash

    Part III – Getting Organised for Your Time Abroad (And Coming Home Afterwards)

    Part III – Getting Organised for Your Time Abroad (And Coming Home Afterwards)

    In this third podcast, you’ll be asked to do a bit of contingency planning in preparation for your time abroad and coming home afterwards. This third podcast encourages you to take a proactive approach to preparing for your time abroad. It asks you to reflect on what you might need, both practically and emotionally. You'll also think about what you can do to help the whole experience go as smoothly and enjoyably as possible, and consider briefly the re-entry process on your return home and what you want to have achieved by the time you get back.

    • 16 min
    Part II – Preparing for Culture Shock

    Part II – Preparing for Culture Shock

    This second podcast encourages you to think about the different stages of culture shock and some of the potential difficulties you might experience. This episode focuses on the main stages of culture shock and suggests some of the signs and symptoms to look out for. It also makes some practical suggestions about coping with common thoughts and feelings associated with each phase.

    • 12 min
    Part 1 – Reflecting on Previous Experiences of Transition and Change

    Part 1 – Reflecting on Previous Experiences of Transition and Change

    The aim of this first podcast is to help you to begin to reflect on some of your thoughts and feelings about your time abroad as an Oxford undergraduate. This first podcast on preparing for your undergraduate time abroad as a student at the University of Oxford focuses on how you’re currently feeling about going overseas, and how you might start to prepare emotionally. The podcast asks you to reflect on some of your previous experiences of transition and change, to explore some of your conscious and possible unconscious motivations, and how these might be influencing your current thoughts and feelings about your time abroad.

    • 12 min

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