Education Abroad supports students before and during their time abroad. If a TAMU student encounters any issues while participating in a program, they should contact their on-site program coordinator or support staff so they can be resolved quickly. Students are also welcome to reach out to the Education Abroad Office for assistance. Our office can be contacted at (979) 845-0544 during regular business hours and 24/7 for emergencies at (979) 255-6103. You may also email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants in education abroad experiences are expected to serve as ambassadors for both TAMU and the United States. Students should be aware that behaviors with minimal or no consequences in the U.S. may have major implications for the study abroad program. This information will be covered in pre-departure programming and we also encourage students to do independent research so they are familiar with topics such as:
- Local laws and customs
- Gender dynamics and youth/elder relationships
- Food and meal etiquette
- Appropriate dress
- How to recognize signs of displeasure on the part of host country nationals
While abroad, students may experience culture shock and should be aware of the indicators. These can include: feelings of helplessness, loneliness, alienation, sleeping more than usual, depression, getting angry easily, decline in flexibility, stereotyping of host culture, increase of physical ailments, eating problems, inability to concentrate, and uncontrollable crying. Most students experience some level of culture shock and signs can vary greatly from individual to individual. If you are studying abroad and experience any of the feelings listed above, you are not alone! Please reach out to your on-site support staff or to Education Abroad.
As a Texas A&M University Student, you are bound by the Aggie Code of Honor and the Student Code of Conduct. While abroad, you will be an ambassador for the University. We expect that as an Aggie, you will exhibit superior ethical and moral behavior at all times, especially as a guest in your host country. You have the opportunity and responsibility to represent Texas A&M, Texas, and the United States in a mature and respectful manner.
In the event of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct or the Terms of Participation, Education Abroad will be notified. Depending on the severity of the violation(s), the responses may include an incident report/verbal warning, an incident report/written warning, and/or an incident report accompanied by a termination report.