Establishing and effectively functioning in group and individual relationships and interactions in destination countries
It is well known that groups are potentially very effective when attempting academic and research activities – from a teaching and learning and research perspective. But groups need proper and skillful management and participatory activities to be successful. Groups also create a very conducive environment for establishing new relationships for productive conceptual and planning activities. Ensure that you are prepared for this experience! Find very useful and effective information here to ensure effective and successful group functioning and efficient outputs.
Social engagement and assimilation into society
Engaging with and assimilating into new, and sometimes complex, social environments are not strange or unbeknown experiences when visitng new or other academic institutions on mobilities. Social engagement in a new environment can take up many forms and styles and put many different challenges in front of you. In the process your current knowledge and competence levels will also be tested and sometimes stretched beyond recognition. Use this opportunity to grow and ensure optimum benefit from this new experience.
Local regional orientation and planning site visits and tourist attractions in destination countries
Getting to know your local environment is a powerful way of improving your experience of a new place. It is also helpful to orientate you and provide a sense of the possibilities your environment offers to make the best of the visit and the experience. This orientation can be in terms of spacial activities, your own prefences and also the attractions the region is known for. Of course the primary objective of this orientation should always be to improve your own comfort in a new destination to ensure a productive and memorable experience. You will find some helpful information here.
Finding and buying normal life support and study equipment and food
Buying the normal goods and services for a comfortable and healthy daily sustenance is essenrial basics for securing a productive and successful mobility. The basic things like food, toiletries and essential stationery are non-dispensable. Ensure easy and quick access to these utilities that should make your life comfortable.
Understanding social conventions and informal institutions in destination countries for optimum mobility experience
Adaptation in a new environment at the host institution will demand some important actions. Knowledge of the existing local conventions, cultural habits and values will be essential to successfully create the best mobility experience. It will be important to conciously make an effort to gain more information and try to integrate socially. Trust yourself and jump in! See here for some handy tips and advice to survive.
Adapting to the student teaching and learning culture at the destination institution
Academic environments do not differ so dramatically between institutions, but the administrative procedures associated with the academic process and the teaching and learning environment sometimes can create confusion. Prepare yourself for a variety of cultural, administrative, social and academic adaptations. Find some suggestions and advice here.
Assessing my available resources to complete my tasks
Financial and other resource planning and management skills are very important to ensure that the resources that are made available to you reach as far as possible to optimize the mobility experience at the host institution. Normally the resources made available for the mobility are based on a formula and are very strictly managed as such. In this sense it is important to know that preparation planning, monitoring activities and the eventual reconcilliation of the resources when reporting back at your home institution, are essential activities. You can find very useful information here to assist you in succeeding with this process.
Adhering to ethics rules and codes of good practice in completing the mobility
In order to ensure that high standards of academic quality assurance, teaching and learning, professional conduct, teacher-student engagement, good quality educational experiences, etc. prevail at all times, it is important to make yourself aware of the code of ethics that will be applicable in your engagement. Especially in the teaching in learning environment and the research environment these code of ethics requirements are quite strict. Find the appropriate information here.