CCSP provides students with a transformative experience-based program that develops students’ soft skills and gives them the tools to integrate successfully while abroad.

 
63720455-conception-de-motif-chinois-en-nuage-traditionnel.jpg

CCSP involves so much more than a simple college tour or study abroad orientation program. It’s an experiential education program, typically 2-3 weeks in length, based in the United States that helps you excel while you’re in a foreign culture- academically, linguistically, and socially. It’s designed to help you get the most out of your time abroad! Completing CCSP gives you a head start in preparing for academic and social challenges that often take their toll while studying abroad. 

You’ll have the advantage of improved English and a variety of other learned skills that will assist you in being more successful while abroad- during school and after graduation. The skills you’ll build during CCSP prepare you to better break out of your comfort zones and integrate into campus life as well as learn marketable skills to use after graduation to gain a competitive edge in the overseas job market. 

By the time your study abroad term starts, you’ll be ahead of the game and already familiar with the key concepts that will help you integrate successfully on campus:

  • Leadership skills

  • Global perspective

  • Soft skills: presentations, interviews, networking

  • American academic expectations

  • English language confidence

  • Cross-cultural communication

  • Confidence expanding your comfort zone

  • How to handle and reduce culture shock

  • American social customs and daily life

  • How to stay mentally healthy while abroad

  • Problem-solving and Critical thinking skills

  • Self-Awareness

63720455-conception-de-motif-chinois-en-nuage-traditionnel.jpg

Advantages of Better Integration

By completing a CCSP program, you’ll be prepared for new social expectations, cultural differences, and academic standards that you’ll face on your new campus. Additionally, CCSP also focuses on the often over-looked emotional and psychological aspects of studying abroad. 

Being prepared can have advantages in the long-run as well.  Employers are now selecting those students who participated in a high quality study abroad program and actively engaged with the experience. So maximize your time abroad by learning how to get the most out of your time as well as gaining the soft-skill set that will help you land the dream job after graduation!

English Language Pledge

English language capability is one of the biggest obstacles listed by students who faced problems integrating while abroad. A language pledge to speak only English for the duration of the program helps you cement your language skill so you can be confident in your communication before the term even begins!

Social and Academic Preparation

What sets XY Bridges apart from a simple orientation program or agent prep are the in-depth dialogues about real topics that you’re going to face on campus. We work on building competencies and skills in order to tackle the challenges that often arise in social settings and academic settings. So don’t worry- you’ll face less culture-shock, be ready to more easily make new friendships, and have the tools to overcome obstacles because you will have already been prepped for them!

Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 9.08.09 PM.png
blue bridge.jpg

OBJECTIVES

  • To improve participants’ integration into U.S. schools.

  • To strengthen participants’ confidence and character development through experiential learning activities and dialogue facilitation emphasizing global competencies.

  • To prepare participants to excel in an independent, competitive academic environment. 

  • To advance participants’ English language ability through a high-impact English Language Pledge. 

  • To enhance critical-thinking, problem-solving, and logical organization skills.

  • To build participants' social and soft skills to be more marketable and competitive in an overseas job market. 

Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 9.08.09 PM.png

EXAMPLE DAY

Day 6: Cross-Cultural Core-Competencies: Attitude and Awareness

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” - Dr. Wayne Dier

·      Morning Activities: Change in Attitude Importance of attitude and awareness in a cross-cultural context. Hands-on experiential learning application through cross-cultural engagement, a failure workshop, and opportunity for growth.    

·      Morning Dialogue: Rewards and learning outcomes from challenging comfort zones, trial and error and concept of "face", articulation of attitude and awareness behavior, and how to build cross-cultural bridges starting from an attitude and awareness base.

·      Afternoon Activities: Cross-cultural role-play - Interactive simulation for coping with uncertainty and foreignness, observation and awareness of cultural rituals/customs, beliefs, language, and cross-cultural interpretation.

·      Afternoon Discussion: Examination of cross-cultural behavioral patterns, how can and should approaches change when engaging cross-culturally, how intention illustrates itself across cultures, how attitude and awareness play a role in engaging with a new culture.

·      Evening Discussion: Culture Shock: Understanding culture shock, how change in attitude and awareness can help you prepare for culture shock, learning to embrace the experience with confidence.

·      Evening Wrap-up: Next steps – Revisit Quote of the day, how to use learning outcomes from today in next steps towards making their study abroad experience positive.

The purpose of the day is to experience a change in attitude and awareness in a cross-cultural context. The day begins by encouraging participants to become aware of their own behavior and attitude towards failure through a local community engagement exercise. A dialogue follows emphasizing the positive outcomes when a change in attitude and awareness take place in challenging one’s comfort zones. The afternoon continues this theme of applying attitude and awareness through an experiential learning simulation focusing on cross-cultural sensitivities, observation and interpretation of foreignness, and coping with uncertainty. An in-depth discussion concludes the afternoon analyzing how attitude and awareness play a role in engaging with new cross-cultural behavioral patterns. The evening discussion highlights understanding the concept of culture shock and how a change in attitude and awareness can help create a positive experience for participants. By revisiting the quote of the day and a short debrief, we clarify our learning outcomes and how they can be applied towards next steps in embracing their study abroad experience with confidence not only in themselves, but in each other as well.