Study Abroad |
1. What is the dominant language spoken in your host country? Are there other languages
commonly spoken? What are the social and political implications of language usage?
2. What are the major holidays and celebrations in your host country? How are they
3. What sports are popular? What are the favorite leisure and recreational activities?
4. Who are the country’s national heroes and heroines?
5. How do people organize their daily activities? What is the normal meal schedule?
Is their a daytime rest period? What is the customary time for visiting friends?
6. How do people greet one another? Shake hands? Embrace or kiss? How do they
leave one another? What does any variation from the usual greeting or leave-taking
7. What foods are most popular and how are they prepared?
8. What is the predominant religion? Is it a state religion? What are the most
important religious observances and ceremonies? How do members of the predominant
religion feel about other religions?
9. How is the national government structured? Is there a president? A prime minister?
Are elections held, and if so, how often are they held?
10. Can you recognize the national anthem?
11. Are typical families nuclear or extended? At what age do people normally move
out of their parents’ home?
12. What are the special privileges of age and/or sex?
13. What is the general attitude toward divorce? Is it legal? What about extramarital
relations? Homosexuality? Contraception?
14. What are the laws and attitudes toward gambling? Drinking? Drugs?
15. Is the price asked for merchandise fixed or are customers expected to bargain?
How is bargaining conducted? If, as a customer, you touch or handle the merchandise
or sale, will the storekeeper think you are knowledgeable, inconsiderate, within your
rights, or completely outside your rights?
16. On what occasions would you present gifts to or accept gifts from local people?
What kind of gifts would you exchange?
17. What is the history of the relationship between this country and the U.S.?
18. What kind of local public transportation is available? Do all classes of people
19. Who has the right of way in traffic: vehicles, animals, pedestrians?
20. How will your financial position and living conditions compare with those of
the majority of the locals?