To awaken alone in a strange town is one of the pleasantest sensations in the world.
We've both been on several exchanges ourselves, and helped to set up many others. Here are some tips for success.
- Search positions by discipline, location or start date to filter through postings more efficiently.
- Post your position so others can find you - this will double your chances of finding a match.
- When you find a potential partner, e-mail him or her to initiate contact.
- Make your international programs office aware of your interest.
- Clarify specifics
of the exchange with your potential exchange partner
Topics to clarify with your potential partner
- What lectures will I teach?
- Who can show me around campus?
- Is transportation needed?
- Where will I stay?
Your international programs office will have answers to a lot of these questions for you to share with your prospective partner.
- Identify a trusted friend or colleague who could help out your partner while you're gone - pick him/her up at the airport, answer general questions and maybe check on his/her wellbeing from time to time. Ask your partner to do the same for you.
- Prepare a simple orientation package for your partner with information on the community (including a street map highlighted with your address) and any college or university information you consider useful.
- Secure approval from your department chair and/or dean for the proposed exchange.
- Secure travel assistance (help with Visas, flights, etc.) from your international programs office.
With some help from your home institution, you're certain to have a wonderful experience.
-Rich and Jim