Depending on the topic, the CGIS Brief was designed to be 20-30 minutes in length where CGIS staff and prospective study abroad students an opportunity to have a conversation on various topics as a way to encourage students to start thinking more about their time abroad prior to departure.Topics range from working out abroad and food culture to navigating study abroad during a pandemic, scam and fraud abroad, and so much more!We encourage everyone to ask questions throughout the conversation or share out any insight of their own. Each event is co-run and co-facilitated by the CGIS Brief Team (Ashton, Callie and Stephen) every other Thursday at 3:00pm EST on Zoom during the Fall & Winter semester. 

Winter 2021 Schedule

Thursday, January 28th, 2021 — Bathroom Culture


Didn’t think you needed to worry about the bathroom? Well, ya do! From bidets and “washrooms” to Uritrottoir, you’d be surprised how different bathroom culture can be around the world. We'll be joined by special guest CGIS Director Michael Jordan as we discuss something that may not be exactly what you were hoping to find in a resource, but nonetheless, essential for you as you prepare for your travels abroad. We’ll be showing you what bathrooms and other public restrooms look like around the world and will be providing some tips and tricks about navigating your way around a toilet. 


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Thursday, February 11, 2021 — Drinking & Nightlife


Study abroad is more than classwork and excursions to famous locales -- sometimes it’s also grabbing drinks with friends and going out on the town. Drinking and nightlife culture looks different all around the world, so attend this Brief to make sure you don’t cause any faux pas while having a good time.


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Thursday, February 25, 2021 — Connecting Study Abroad to Your Career


How do you translate a study abroad experience into skills employers are looking for? The easy part is that many organizations are already looking for people with intercultural experiences. This Brief will discuss what study abroad can bring to your job search, how to make the most of your experience, and provide example language to use on your resumes.


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Thursday, March 11, 2021 — Student-Athletes Abroad


For many student-athletes, the dream of experiencing study abroad seems unattainable. There seems to be a plethora of obstacles to prevent them from engaging in this wonderful experience. This brief debunks that narrative by illustrating the creative ways that programs can make studying abroad work for athletes, and things that athletes can do proactively as well to make this dream a reality. We'll be joined by special guest CGIS Intercultural Advisor Nyanatee Bailey.


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Thursday, March 25, 2021 — Fat Bodies Go Abroad


All bodies are good bodies, and traveling abroad as a fat person brings extra challenges and opportunities. There are lots of things that fat travelers may have to think about that their thin or straight-sized peers do not. This brief uses a fat-positive approach to discuss travel preparations and daily realities of life abroad for plus-size students, including clothing, transportation, navigating fat bias and fat acceptance through new cultural lenses and languages, and accessibility of housing.


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Thursday, April 8, 2021 — Landscape of Study Abroad During a Pandemic 2.0


How has COVID-19 changed the landscape of study abroad? What does study abroad during a pandemic even look like? How can you study abroad while still staying safe? We’ll be answering these questions and more during this brief in collaboration with CGIS’ Health and Safety Advisor Rachel Reuter. If you plan to study abroad this summer or fall, don’t miss it!


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