What's Up With Culture? is a free online cultural training resource designed to support and enhance the cultural adjustment of U.S. students participating in a study abroad experience.

What's Up with Culture? includes three modules:

  • What to Know Before You Go
  • Welcome Back! Now What?
  • a glossary/bibliography.

Each module is self-guided and self-paced and contains material and exercises intended to spark students' understanding of key intercultural communication topics and how they impact their own experiences and learning abroad, regardless of their destination. Educators and advis e rs may also use the activities in order to facilitate student reflection as part of orientation programming in any phase of study abroad from predeparture through reentry. You can also access the What's Up With Culture? user guide (44kb Adobe PDF).

The site is the work of NAFSAn Bruce La Brack, and is organized around materials collected and developed over 30 years of offering cross-cultural courses at the University of the Pacific, specifically the linked orientation and reentry courses of the School of International Studies (SIS). It also includes materials adapted with permission from the Peace Corps' "Culture Matters" workbook.

The project was funded in part by a U.S. Department of Education FIPSE (Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education) grant from 2000-2003.