Prior to their departure and on-site orientation, students will receive a detailed pre-departure Online Orientation in the Veritas Abroad Student Portal. The Online Orientation provides students with relevant information and useful tools to familiarize them with their host country prior to departing. This information will remain available to students throughout the duration of their program through the Veritas Abroad Student Portal.
The Online Orientation will cover many of the following areas:
- Cultural differences and highlights
- Housing and accommodations
- Understanding the basics of the local language·
- Cell phones
- Travel tips
- Health and Safety
- Living in the host city
- Veritas Staff
- Academic Tips for Success
- Additional Resources
If you have any questions regarding the Veritas Christian Study Abroad Online Orientation, please contact the Veritas staff for more information.
THE BUILDING CULTURES PROGRAM
The Bridging Cultures Program was designed to help ease our students' transition into their study abroad experience by introducing them to their new host country's culture, language and lifestyle.
The BCP blends discussion and interactive activities into an informative and fun introduction to the student's new host country. Each program is designed to:
- Help facilitate the adjustment and adaptation process.
- Guide each student through a goal-setting activity to encourage them to reflect on their expectations for their study abroad and missions experience in South Africa.
- Introduce students to local South African culture through a variety of activities including a review of key words and phrases in the local language, understanding traditions, and more.
- Visit culturally relevant destinations in Cape Town such as important locations on the campus of the University of Cape Town, during a familiarization tour, accompanied by the Veritas Resident Staff.
- Prepare students for some of the relevant health and safety issues in South Africa.
- Provide students with valuable information regarding visas, housing, transportation, communication, finances and budgeting, and career development.
- Inform students about important academic information related to the students' programs, including the course registration process, attendance policies, the host university grading scale, optional tutoring, and unique academic differences between South Africa and North America.
- Highlight planned cultural activities and excursions for the program, along with opportunities to meet locals.
- Start students on the road to discovery by providing them with an instructive, engaging, and memorable experience at the beginning of their program.