Update your contact information in your MyUW account before your program starts and make any changes after you arrive.
Study abroad staff and UW-Madison will continue to communicate with you through your UW-Madison email account. Not all programs will have computer labs or online access. However, in most program locations, you will be able to find Wi-Fi access or internet cafes.
You are expected to regularly monitor your UW-Madison email account in case study abroad staff or other UW-Madison faculty or staff need to contact you.
You need Duo Security to access your UW email, MyUW, and MySA while abroad. Be sure to have the MFA-Duo app installed on your phone or get a token/fob from DoIt prior to departure. More information on what is the best way to use MFA-Duo when traveling can be found here. Any questions can be directed to the DoIT Help Desk at 608-264-4357 or firstname.lastname@example.org
You will be using email for formal communication. This may be the first impression that staff have of you. Some tips for you:
- Use a specific subject line. For example: Study Abroad Housing Question
- Use a greeting, and start more formally for on-site staff
- Use capitalization and punctuation
In the U.S. people tend to respond to email quickly (often within 24-48 hours), and often in the evenings or on weekends. In most other countries, you will receive a response during business hours and it can take up to a full week to receive a response. Please be patient and follow any guidelines given to you from on-site staff.
When you’re posting on social media, think about what your friends/family/future employers may think of the image/post, if they don’t understand the context. Also, think about the cultural context you’ll be living in when deciding if you want to share your social media pages with locals.
Keep in mind that laws about freedom of expression vary by country. Some countries limit the allowed types of social media platforms. There have also been cases where derogatory comments about the local country or government have been made on social media and have had extended legal complications even after return to the United States.