There are several ways to maintain contact with friends and family back home.
- Internet Access: In most locations, you will have access to the Internet at your campus and in some cases, at your residence. There will be Internet Cafés located throughout your host city. Internet access and speed is not the same abroad as it is in the U.S.!
- Use Skype for free internet calls and low-cost phone calls.
- MagicJack for a $20 flat rate gives you a year of unlimited calls.
- Blog about your experiences with MyTripJournal, TravelPod, Blogger, or many other free sites so friends and family can read about your trip.
- Cell Phones: You can purchase a cell phone once you arrive in your host country. Your U.S. cell phone might be equipped with the SIM chip necessary to make calls to the U.S. from your host country, but you will want to check with your service provider about the rates before your departure.
- Landlines: Students may have access to landline phones in their apartments or dorms. Homestay students should check with their host families if they are allowed to use the landline for local and/or international phone calls.
- Calling Cards: International calling cards are also provided through national telecommunications companies. The ISIC card has a calling card option as well.
- Postcards/Letters: Communicate via snail mail! Friends and family back home will enjoy receiving postcards from all over the world.
- Keep a journal to remember your experience and reflect when you go back home. Make the effort to write in your journal a few times a week to capture your impressions and feelings as they happen.
Contacting Chapman University While Abroad
Keep a list of email addresses and phone numbers for Chapman University personnel such as the Center for Global Education, your Academic Advisor, Registrar, Business Office, and Financial Aid. You should contact your program provider with anything related to your studies abroad such as housing, academics, excursions, student life, and adjustment issues. You may contact Chapman University for other issues related to your student status, course approvals, and Chapman-related business.
If you need to contact Chapman University in an emergency while abroad, please contact Public Safety at 001-714-997-6763.
A Note about Social Networking While Abroad
- You are going abroad to experience a different way of living, one of which may be a separation from high-tech equipment and items, the constant ability to Twitter, IM or update your Facebook page and/or free internet service.
- Be appropriate when posting information about your study abroad experience.
- Be aware of caching, or posting something on Facebook for a short time and then deleting it. It will remain accessible to the rest of the world on the Internet.