Recent Endorsements

“As an observer to the first grade Global Gateway lessons presented by Mr. Fluck, it was phenomenal to see the level of engagement which the students had throughout the entire program.  It was interesting to see that many students, some of who weren’t able to recognize a world map, were by the end of your time together picking out individual countries correctly.”
Angela Opitz, Counselor, Rattlesnake Elementary School

“As a summative assessment for our unit on culture, students were allowed to choose any culture in the world and bring in an artifact to show how “where we live affects what we do”.  Several students chose cultures that they learned about in their Global Competence Seminar. This is a testament to the quality of instruction that students received from Dr. Fluck during his sessions.  My students have been profoundly impacted by this experience, and they are without a doubt more globally competent and more culturally aware.”
Natalie J. Griffin, Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 3rd Grade Teacher

“You gave my students a hands-on experience that many of them will never get the chance to experience again.  I also truly believe that your sessions inspired some of my students to go home and do additional research on their own, as well as inform their parents of their new-found knowledge.”
Barbara Matz, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 3rd Grade

“I was wishing that we had more time with Udo.  He is easy to work with, positive, upbeat, and very caring.  He had great management of the kids too.  I was very impressed!  I think I learned just as much (if not more!) than the kids did!”
Kristin Nichols, Rattlesnake Elementary School 3rd Grade

“Having conceptual knowledge of our world and the vast variances in cultures can be very difficult for 2nd graders to learn. These concepts are often overwhelming and confusing. However, by focusing on one or two cultural topics (e.g. hats and musical instruments), Udo Fluck introduced cultural lessons that were not only engaging and educational, but also memorable.”
Regan Reneau, Russell Elementary School, 2nd Grade

“When he was here the students were 100% engaged, and when he left they talked about what they learned the rest of the day.  They still add in bits of what they learned when it pertains to what we are doing.  This is how I know that Udo was highly effective in presenting this unit.  I wish we could have Udo teach these kids all year! “
Kristin Nichols, Rattlesnake Elementary School 3rd Grade

“Your teaching style was relaxed, and the way you spoke with them encouraged them to share and ask questions.  I think they were impressed with the fact that a college professor wanted to teach them.  Since your seminars we've been able to connect other classroom topics to the content they learned from you.”
Joanna Eichner, St. Joseph Elementary and Middle School, 5th Grade Teacher

“The presentations you gave to my Native American Studies classes were extremely important. They remembered much of the Iceberg Theory, the four metaphors used to describe American culture, what Hall's and Hofstede's theories were.”
Nancy Larum, Hellgate High School, 9th - 12th Grade Teacher

“Also, your enthusiasm in the classroom is contagious.  My students enjoyed having the opportunity to explore each hat and instrument and to hear the video clips for the instruments. You truly made them want to learn.”
Barbara Matz, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 3rd Grade

“Even though our time with Dr. Fluck is over, his impact on our classroom continues to be felt. The enthusiasm and excitement he created about the world around us has become contagious in our classroom.  I would highly recommend his global competency seminars to any classroom hoping to expand their students' horizons!  Even though our time with Dr. Fluck is over, his impact on our classroom continues to be felt.”
Samantha Pierce, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 2nd Grade

“My students did a wonderful job with locating different countries, because they were already familiar with a world map and how to use it.  I credit you for giving them this background knowledge.  I heard quite a few students mention your name as they looked up different places in the world.  They were like, “That’s a place that this hat or that instrument is from.”
Barbara Matz, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 3rd Grade

“Udo Fluck’s Global Gateway program was excellent in many ways.  First of all, Udo is a delight to have as a teacher, and the kids absolutely love him.  It was a joy to have him in my classroom.  The materials that Udo used to teach the kids about the world were really amazing and inspiring.”
Kristin Nichols, Rattlesnake Elementary School 3rd Grade

“It has truly been a joy to have Udo in our class!  Not only is he wonderful with the students, but he has been able to make real life connections for my students with abstract faraway countries and their people using of all things, hats and instruments!”
Samantha Pierce, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 2nd Grade

“Udo Fluck’s dynamic teaching style and enthusiasm for sharing cultural knowledge with the students, leads to tremendous excitement and anticipation for each and every visit.  Lessons he presents are planned and delivered in an interactive manner.  Student engagement is high.  Material is accessible to all learners and the question and answer sessions lead to authentic inquiry from students.  Teachers truly value the quality of the interactions between Dr. Fluck and the students.  I personally observed several sessions, and found myself intrigued and interested in the video clips, photographs, and hat artifacts shown in the classroom.”
Susan Anderson, Principal, Lewis and Clark Elementary

“Not only did my students gain a greater appreciation of the big world around us they also discovered that even though distance may separate us from other countries we share many things in common on a personal and cultural level. This may be the greatest lesson of all in this ever shrinking world where it is becoming ever more necessary to relate to and work with one another.”
Samantha Pierce, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 2nd Grade Teacher

“My 3rd grade students were able to participate in a fabulous global competence seminar with Dr. Udo Fluck, where they were exposed to hats, and musical instruments from around the world.  As a result of their learning sessions with Dr. Fluck, my third graders developed cultural understanding, perspective, critical thinking skills, and strong geographical awareness."
Natalie J. Griffin, Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 3rd Grade Teacher

“I think another crucial, perhaps more than anything else, “take-away” for the students is, hopefully, developing tolerance and appreciation for cultural diversity.  I have no way of assessing it per se, but I had the definite sense that these students will have a more nuanced, tolerant perspective when they encounter people who may look, sound, dress, live in ways different from their own cultural experience.”
Annie Hull, Chief Charlo Elementary School, 3rd Grade Teacher

“The questions that Udo posed to children required them to use analytical and critical thinking skills, which in turn allowed them to make strong connections between artifacts and their locations.  The stories, videos, and pictures Udo included allowed students to make concrete connections between artifact and place.”
Natalie J. Griffin, Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 3rd Grade Teacher

“Udo’s presentations were effective not only because of his enthusiasm for the subject (global competency, world geography, and international cultures), but because they drew students in on a variety of sensory levels. Udo also allowed the students to touch the hats and instruments. This stimulated them in a tactile manner and ignited their curiosity.  The YouTube clips gave them not only a visual, but an auditory experience of the music and instruments from around the world.  Udo used wonderful repetition in his lessons, continually showing the world map and connecting their new knowledge to world geography.”
Mary Dombrowski, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 1-2 Grade Teacher

“It’s SO impressive the impact those 8 half-hour long Global Gateway sessions have.  I really believe these kids are intrinsically changed because of it and those changes are indelible.   The feeling that the seminar will have a lasting impact was palpable.  The hugs you were given at the end say everything about what it meant to them and their appreciation of the fact that you appealed to their curiosity and ability to engage with very novel, and at times complex, ideas and concepts.”
Annie Hull, Chief Charlo Elementary School, 3rd Grade Teacher

“Udo allowed time for discussion and questions throughout all of his presentations. He valued all questions from the very simple to the more complex questions regarding cultural differences and even light, age appropriate discussions that leaned towards the political.  These questions and discussions continued throughout the week after Udo’s visit as students connected their new knowledge to books they were reading, stories they were writing, or new geography they were learning.”
Mary Dombrowski, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 1-2 Grade Teacher

“Udo’s seminars meshed beautifully with the unit of inquiry that my students were engaging in (which concentrated on culture) and their knowledge gained from the seminar transferred directly to other content areas.  Students began looking at clothing and artifacts in an entirely new way, and their curiosity about how geography affects how people live has increased dramatically.”
Natalie J. Griffin, Lewis & Clark Elementary School, 3rd Grade Teacher

“Many of my students have not traveled beyond the US or even Montana, but, by the end of his sessions, they were very comfortable using the world map and could easily tell you about each hat and its country. As a teacher, it is so satisfying to be a witness as my students grow and connect their previous knowledge to new knowledge about their world.”
Mary Dombrowski, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 1-2 Grade Teacher

“I think BY FAR the most important “take-away” learning for my students is, what I’m sure is a new perspective for them, the fact that people around the world live their lives in different ways.   Another important facet of the seminars is the focus on geography.  The study of maps is part of the second grade curriculum, so that fit in perfectly!  They were fascinated and really enjoyed learning about the lives of people in other societies.”
Annie Hull, Chief Charlo Elementary School, 3rd Grade Teacher

“I teach middle school English at the Missoula International School.  This spring I had the pleasure of being a part of Udo Fluck’s Global Competence series here at MIS.  Udo was a fabulous presenter and his information was pertinent and exciting for our students.” 
Gillian Kessler, Missoula International School

“I have enjoyed these sessions because my world view is changing as we speak.  Instead of assuming things about a culture just because of what I see on the surface, I am asking questions…I now realize that peeling through the onion layers is really hard for everyone and not just for me.  I can’t wait for the next talk and the new, illuminating facts Udo has in store for us.”
A 7th Grader, Missoula International School

“Udo helped me understand culture and many cultural dimensions like, “personal space,” time concepts, etc.  Udo also made me realize that most conflicts are because two cultures disagree.  I also now understand that if I experience another culture, I should first learn what their habits and cultural differences from our culture are…”
A 6th Grader, Missoula International School

“My first grade students were able to connect to the information because of the musical instruments, videos and hats that you brought into the classroom. Since Udo Fluck’s presentations, the students continually refer back to the hats and musical instruments that are used in different countries around the world.  The presentations helped my first graders develop a basic understanding of how people live around the world. This foundation is a stepping block in the development of global competency which is critical for 21st century learners.”
Katy Koster, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 1st Grade Teacher

“Udo Fluck’s classroom visits were engaging and relevant to our study of different communities and people around the world. I can say that over the course of his visits my students gained a better understanding of just how amazingly diverse the people of this world are.”
TJ Decker, Rattlesnake Elementary School, 1st Grade Teacher

"Our collaboration with the Global Gateway Program has extended our Hellgate High School students an opportunity to obtain a global perspective in a way that I simply could not provide as an individual classroom teacher.  Through this collaboration, the Global Gateway Program is helping Hellgate, and the International Baccalaureate Program achieve its' objective of producing engaged students who can critically and creatively look at, think about, and  evaluate the challenges, problems, and assets of our world from a variety of perspectives/worldviews.  Having the opportunity to listen to experts, and other students from a variety of global perspectives, authentically engages students in thinking more broadly about the world in which we live, challenging students to evaluate their own worldviews, while considering others.  Already, I can see the social and academic maturity that this type of approach encourages.  I hope that we can continue to refine, develop and extend this collaboration to benefit even more Hellgate students.  Thanks again for all of your efforts in getting this collaboration going!"
Patrick Murphy, Science Teacher, Hellgate High School

"Global Gateway has exceeded my expectations of what a UM/Roxy collaboration could look like.  It was exciting to watch the OIP/Global Gateway film series attendance build each month as more and more community members--a high percentage being UM foreign students--flowed through our doors.  The Roxy, AKA "Missoula's Community Cinema," is thrilled to continue working and strategizing with Dr. Fluck and Global Gateway."
Chris Sand, Coordinator for The Roxy Theater

"We can know what other countries are like."
Landon, Second Grader, Chief Charlo Elementary School

"It involves maps and it is like we are going all around the world."
Alaina, Second Grader, Chief Charlo School

"The Global Competence Seminars have brought the vast world right into our own little classroom.  Through hands-on experiences, the children have been able to see, hear and touch cultural objects while learning about varied geographical areas of their world."
Carla Woehler, Second Grade Teacher, Chief Charlo Elementary School

"It was really cool to touch the hats and instruments from other countries and to learn about different people in different places, how they live, what they do, how they dress and what music they listen to."
Liam, Second Grader, Chief Charlo Elementary School

"Students in C&I 341 and C&I 287 stated that seminars provided them with a global perspective and connected them to the world helping them to develop into more informed cross-culturally knowledgeable citizens."
Professor Sandra Williams, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education & Human Sciences

“Since the summer of 2008, I have had the opportunity to attend several global competence classes and seminar workshops from Dr. Fluck during both my undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Montana. The course curriculum offered by Dr. Fluck through a variety of classes and seminars provides the student of today with the proper skill set to function above and beyond any employer's expectations in the global industries of the 21st century. At the heart of Dr. Fluck's curriculum is the idea of Cross-Cultural Communication and Adaptation; from that basic idea students begin class as separate individuals and end class together as global citizens. Students who decide to complement their degree program with any of Dr. Fluck's courses will gain an understanding of active skills needed in cross-cultural interaction, develop a heightened awareness and sensitivity of global cultures, and generate a drive within them to encourage future positive interaction among all people on a global scale."
Frederick Snyder-Manetti, UM Graduate Student, Human Environmental Interaction and Climate Refugee Research

"If we ever visit other countries, we'll already know what it's like."
Ora, Second Grader, Chief Charlo Elementary School

"The Global Gateway collaboration with Hellgate High School is a great experience for myself personally, and students have had very positive comments regarding what they are gaining as well. The project is a unique, meaningful opportunity for students to expand their cultural awareness and empathy. Speaking with and learning from UM students and staff as high schoolers, my students will advance beyond their grade/age level and gain experience nearly as rich as attending college or traveling abroad. Subject and area experts are a fantastic resource for Hellgate students to draw from, and their questions and responses suggest that they are learning important lessons and expanding their viewpoints in meaningful ways. Thanks again for including our school in this excellent endeavor."
Eric Ojala, Science Teacher, Hellgate High School

Participant Feedback 2003 – 2013

Below are testimonials that were submitted by students, workshop and seminar participants when cross-cultural and global trainings were offered by Dr. Fluck, under UM’s Multicultural Learning Solutions (MLS) 2003 - 2013.  MLS morphed into Global Gateway in 2014. These testimonials provide information on the quality, content, structure and pedagogical approach utilized in the trainings of the last decade.

"The international/multicultural interview was the most beneficial aspect of the entire course. A lot of people go their entire life without having a conversation with a foreign individual. It aids in breaking down stereotypes."
Joel Hertzog, UM Graduate Student

"I really enjoyed this class. It was my favorite of the semester. The information was interesting, the text wasn't too wordy. There was a good mix of video, lecture and group work. I think the lectures were most helpful. It was great to have a professor from a different culture teaching this, we knew he wasn't just teaching something he learned – he actually experienced it. It would have not been the same without Professor Fluck – he really added to the class knowledge and fun. He is interesting and entertaining."
Heather Border, Davidson Honors College Student

"Yes! This was one of the best classes I have taken here at The University of Montana for the last two years. I thought that all of the assignments were relevant to course learning. They weren't the usual ´read a book, write a report´, they were very interactive. The Online Discussion Forum was a great idea. Some people are shy about speaking up in class and this structure allowed them to an opinion or statement in a more comfortable setting. The Interview was a great experience getting to speak with an international student about what it was like for them coming to America. They point out things in your culture that you have never thought about, that are strange to them. It was an eye-opening experience.. I am so glad I was able to take this class. I do enjoy business but I enjoy the human element more and that's what this class delivered. I also enjoyed the professor, who made this class painless while we were learning."
Erin Otte, School of Business Administration Student

 "To be honest with you, I didn't think those workshops would be that useful for me because I´m going to a university in Japan; my country, and because I have taken several cultural adaptation workshops before I left Japan and during English training camps in Colorado. However, I found that your workshops were the most useful, most interesting, and funniest. Of course it reminded me what I learned in those workshops I had before, but it also gave me even more points of view to look at things. What you talked about totally fit with what I am currently experiencing as an international student in an American university, and when I go back to Japan. Group discussion really stimulated my thoughts. It was very interesting to learn customs in other countries and even in my own country, too. I think having workshops before going abroad helps students a lot like it is helping me now. It is important to have general ideas of what may happen while we are in other cultures. Especially if we can get those information in fun workshops like yours, that's perfect!!"
Minako Saito, UM Visiting Student from Japan

"The topics and material covered in Cultural Adaptation for International TA´s and RA´s was interesting and directly related to existing daily-life situations and problems. The instructor had deep knowledge about the topics and he presented the information in a relaxed manner. Students were stimulated to participate in discussions. The PowerPoint presentations were well structured. Group discussions prepared the workshop participants for their class discussions. Scientific facts and information were combined with good examples and daily life situations. It was interesting to learn how difficult students from different countries experience class situations and how they deal with them."
Professor Ulrich Kamp, Department of Geography, College of Humanities and Sciences

"I found your workshop to be very good. You've got a great personality and I really enjoyed coming. I feel that the workshop is a good way to introduce students who have never lived abroad to the differences that inevitably come with it. Thank you very much."
Todd Wojtanowicz, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

"I thought the workshops were great. Although they did not specify entirely specific information for the country I am going to be attending next year, I felt like I was able to get a lot of what I needed in a more global sense. Particularly in having a variety of different places represented by different "sojourners" (a phrase I wasn't entirely familiar with before). I think it helped relax any anxiety, I had before the workshop in asking myself the basic instinctive questions of whether I will be able to adapt effectively. I feel like I am more prepared not to have expectations, and just allow myself to go with the flow. I thought that the workshops were good in this respect because rather than giving you a step by step procedure upon arrival, it keeps you open and aware, and gave me the confidence to adjust accordingly. Everyone is not the same and so my adaptation into culture will be far different than another."
Dave Marucheau, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

"I like using Blackboard and the online discussion forums. It helps promote classmate/peer discussion on class material. A lot better approach than answering homework questions on our own. The activity that promoted the most understanding was the multicultural interview, because it was a one–on–one learning experience. I also thought the feature films were the best teaching technique because they offered either first hand experience, or paralleled experiences in different cultures."
Lindsey Nelson, School of Business Administration Student

"I liked the lectures and videos. It made class fun. It made me want to come instead of reading it. I also enjoyed writing the major multicultural paper. My interviewee mentioned many of the things we had learned about in the class, so it was nice to know we were learning accurate information. If I had to do it over again, I would. I have already been recommending the class to my friends."
Elizabeth Fogle, School of Business Administration Student

"I found this seminar extremely important in preparing myself for my study abroad next year. The whole concept of culture shock and adaptation to the new environment is very helpful in adjusting in a new country. I particularly enjoyed the video on the last session of the Cultural Adaptation Seminar about people sharing their experiences while they were abroad, it helped me a lot to picture myself in their situations and imagine the way I would react to certain things. Overall, this cultural adaptation seminar was a success, and I am sure my fellow students who are going abroad too next semester found it extremely useful as well."
Malika Kamilova, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

 "The topics and material covered in Cultural Adaptation for International TA´s and RA´s were really interesting. It helped me to get more confident in my teaching. I like to learn more about teaching (in the US) and being able to talk about it with other people is really nice."
Claire Carpentier, Teaching Assistant from France

"The cultural workshops opened my eyes about things I had never thought of before, such as reverse culture shock. I did not know that existed. I also liked your humor. It added to the sessions and made the hour just fly by. I definitely think you should keep having these workshops for as long as there is a study abroad program here at the U of MT!"
Alisha Oellermann, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

"I enjoyed your class thoroughly. The course provides students with information that is extremely valuable. This gives students who believe that they are going to be working in situations where cultural sensitivity is a necessity the confidence to perform well."
David Bryson, Graduate Student, School of Business Administration

"Thank you for all the hard work you put into the Cultural Adaptation Workshops. I think all the information and activities you incorporated in your presentations will prove very useful in the upcoming adventures we are all about to embark on. As a whole, I believe the workshops were very beneficial and really got me thinking about what my experience is going to be like and what I will take from it all. On a more personal level, you are hilarious and I think you truly had everyone's attention in that room, which is hard to do on a Friday afternoon. You have a wonderful presence and a knack for public speaking. I am not so sure how successful the workshops would have been without your presence."
Christina Adams, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

 "The Workshops reinforced for me things I´d already learned for myself and taught me new things as well. The exercise I participated in on the first day of the Workshops was certainly one of the most helpful things for me. I realized the next day that the other students were greeting us and I felt stupid and shallow for not realizing it during the exercise. This taught me to be more sensitive to things I might consider a bit odd–which I found that greeting to be. It completely threw me, and I didn't know what to do with that information. Now I feel better prepared for such a situation in my future travels. I would like to thank you for the time and consideration you put forth in teaching those workshops."
Rachael Lea Rhine, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

"I really enjoyed the Cultural Adaptation Workshops. They had some fun activities that taught a lot but also helped keep a pretty fun, energetic atmosphere that was greatly appreciated during this intensely stressful time. I can't really offer any ideas to make the workshops run smoother because they seemed to be right on the money. Thanks for holding them for us; I am sure they shed invaluable light that will surely help us in our journeys abroad."
Caylor Bax, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

"I enjoyed the instructional videos and the lectures in this course. There were so many new things I learned from them. Cultural taboos were particularly interesting as well as the lectures on communication. The multicultural interview was the most helpful assignment. It gave me the chance to interact with an international student and establish a greater understanding of what it would be like to be an exchange student. The interview helped me put into practice what I had been learning in class all along."
Allie Harrison, UM Davidson Honors College Student

"I really liked the use of blackboard (the online component) for this course. It is very helpful to be able to look up class handouts when you are off campus and the online discussion was pretty fun and interesting. I liked the guest speakers and the field trips and the in-class discussions where one group was to take one stance and the other to take another stance, and we talk in each group and discuss our views during class. This really helped me understand and think deeply about the topic and think about the good things, even if I was against it. Basically it helped me think more critically."
Hallie Toews, UM Geography Student

"Dr. Fluck...brings you into the material and doesn't just present it in a generic fashion. His enthusiasm transfers over to the students. The course has helped me build cultural sensitivity and awareness. It has also sparked a deeper curiosity in all cultures and a general understanding as how cultures operate as individual entities."
Ross Mittelman, UM Geography Student

"I felt very comfortable in sharing my opinions and ideas in the class. Dr. Fluck made the atmosphere very user-friendly, fun and interactive."
Frederick Harris, UM Graduate Student, Department of Geography

"I was aware that other cultures had many differences, but I did not know what they were. I liked learning the little things like hand signals customs and manners."
Rebecca Harris, UM Geography Student

"The organization of this class along with clarity, precision, and depth was exceptional. Everything was organized much better than many other classes I have taken. All of the material was clearly defined and provided an easy outline to follow."
Aaron Roberts, UM Geography Student

"I have never been abroad before. At the beginning of the class I felt somewhat intimidated of the other students knowing that many had the opportunity to travel already. Given the fact, I think this class benefited me more because I knew so little about different cultures. Not knowing much, kept me interested throughout the semester about all the facts, as in gift taboos and overall multicultural differences."
Elizabeth Coughlin, UM Davidson Honors College Student

"In general, I very much appreciated the Cultural Adaptation workshop series that you conducted for students who are going to study abroad. Although personally I found that most of the information was obvious, as an individual who has traveled abroad several times, I´m sure the information was more useful to other students with less international experience. Also, despite its self-explanatory nature, I think it is sometimes worthwhile to state the obvious, and this was one of those instances. The most useful day for me was the 5-hour workshop with you and Marja. Again, for me personally, the reason I valued the experience of your seminars was not so much for the information provided, but for the chance to dialogue with other students and feel like, collectively we are a group. I feel less alone, and less intimidated by my upcoming study abroad knowing that there are many other brave UM students who are doing the exact same thing, experiencing the exact same emotions, going through the same stresses, difficulties, and thrills. Finally, I think it is a wonderful idea to provide students who attend the seminars and complete assignments with a certificate acknowledging the students´ efforts. I will certainly use this certificate on my resume."
Alice Jones, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

"I enjoyed the atmosphere of the class. I´ve been in other discussion-based classes before and this was probably the best I´ve encountered. The vibe was relaxed and it allowed people to open up on sensitive issues. The feature films were all quite educational, pertinent and interesting. I thought the final multicultural interview project was a perfect way to incorporate and tie together all the lessons taken from this course."
Ross Mittelman, UM Geography Student

"I found the cultural workshops to be quite enjoyable. I´m fascinated by cultural difference, my major is even cultural anthropology, but I so rarely get such "applied" cultural awareness in class. Therefore I enjoyed your presentations quite a bit. You had very good examples in your presentations...."
Noelle Richards, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

"I thought the workshops were well thought out and smoothly run. I appreciated that they didn't take up a huge amount of time, but thought they still managed to deliver important information..I think the information you discussed will be helpful when I go abroad, especially in dealing with any difficulties I´ll face."
Nick VandenBos, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

"I really enjoyed the diversity of the class. We studied something new every week. I found learning about different cultures to be very interesting. I also liked the online forum and the relaxed approach to the class that it presented. I would definitely take the course again because of the non-traditional curriculum we covered. "
Melissa Berry, UM Davidson Honors College

"I found your workshop informative and enjoyable. It was helpful to learn about communication and body language. Your guidelines provided me with ideas to conduct the reference interview and help students....Frequently we do get students who have been "all over campus" to access the answer to a particular question. I now will not hesitate to jump up and say let me show you, rather than give the standard...around the corner, up one level, to your left and so on. I guess you helped me put myself in the student's shoes!... I feel more confident in my interactions. Finally I found the "W-Shaped Curve" and adjustment stages to be very helpful in my understanding of not only international students but all U of M students. Thank you for your presentation. Your personal stories were interesting. Your humor makes the workshop fun."
Patricia McKenzie, UM Maureen & Mike Mansfield Library

"I especially liked the intertwining of the lectures with the movies, class participation, guest speakers and online discussions. I thought that this mixture did a good job of maintaining interest and reinforcing concepts. The Online Multicultural Discussion Forum provided a good platform for an exchange of ideas. I would recommend that people take this course and if one is offered of a similar nature in the future, I would definitely consider it."
Mark Dostal, UM Davidson Honors College Student

"I believe the three lectures were very informative. I think it was great that we had a chance to mentally prepare for both the highs and the lows that await us while studying abroad. Sharing that it is normal to experience culture shock, and if we do we now have the tools to recognize and deal with it, will most defiantly save some of us stress while abroad. I believe that portion of the lecture should continue to be included. I also believe that breaking into groups was a good way to communicate with others traveling and gain insight from fellow peers."
Kathleen Schardt, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students

"I gained more of an appreciation for speaking with people different from myself. I feel like this course was like an introduction into "out there". You can bet that I will be in at least two foreign countries in the next four years and that I will have made a larger number of international connections."
Jordan Smith, UM Davidson Honors College Student

"I gained a new appreciation for my own culture and the differences within it. I was also able to learn about other cultures abroad that I may have never learned about. When I meet people of other cultures, I am more sensitive to their differences. Now I am very excited to travel abroad and experience all the cultures I have learned about. This information will help me in my broadcast journalism career because I will be able to communicate better with people I interview and work with."
Cathy Beecher, UM Davidson Honors College Student

"I have been outside of the country many times, so I know what it is like to be in different cultures, but this course made me aware about cultures from parts of the world I have never been to. I also liked that we not only focused on cultures from around the world, but also on very different cultures here in the United States."
William Klaczynski, UM Davidson Honors College Student

"This course has helped me to picture foreign persons not just as that - a foreign person whom I know nothing about - but as a person worth getting to know with a different background and as much complexity as any other person. As a student this course will help me to be more aware of different cultures - to be more interested to get involved and learn about them. I think it will make foreign relations more defined and meaningful."
Carly Fetzer, UM Davidson Honors College

"It would be interesting to see how I would view the class a second time after I have gained the cultural knowledge from the first class. Yes, I would take the course again to become more aware of multicultural issues."
Elizabeth Coughlin, UM Davidson Honors College Student

"I would like to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops. I think that having 3 short, 1 hour sessions was a fine amount and the material was good to save away until I go abroad. The thing I enjoyed most was the class participation and stories of how others in the class dealt with certain situations and proof that the information being presented is something useful to know for our abroad experiences. I also appreciated that we talked honestly about how we might not actually enjoy our experiences for some time (until we get to the top of the W), and that it is completely normal...which is quite opposite from the jaded advice and encouragement I have received from others. The workshops and the paper also made me look more deeply into the cultural differences in the county I will be visiting and made me sit down and think how I would adapt to these differences."
Breon Rabe, Cultural Adaptation Training for UM Study Abroad Students