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Helping Expatriate Students Transition Successfully to University: Thriving Beyond Academics

March 2014

Ferney Voltaire, France

Crossroads Church, Chemin de la Brunette

- FOR PARENTS: Helping Your Student Transition to University

                                           Friday March 28, 7:00-9:00 pm (also relevant for parents repatriating with adolescents).

Refreshments to follow.

A Complementary Talk for Parents - Expatriate students must make a double adjustment for the college transition: first to a new stage of life as an independent adult and second to a new culture. Even their home country culture can seem foreign. This talk will spell out:

  • the special challenges third culture kids (TCKs) / Global Nomads face when stepping out of the expatriate culture,
  • whey they have these unique challenges,
  • how they can confront and grow from them, and
  • how parents can help prepare and come alongside their student in the transition.


- FOR STUDENTS GRADES 11-13: Thriving Beyond Academics


Saturday, March 29 (10:00 am - 5:00 pm) - "Transitioning Successfully for University" full-day workshop for students graduating this year or next (Students grades 11 -13) or students age 15 and up who will be repatriating soon.

This workshop is designed to help students come away:

  • with the ability to better understand themselves, their reactions and their resources as they adjust to their new life situations,
  • prepared for the transition experience with fewer stumbling blocks along the way,
  • with tools and strategies for successfully navigating the double transition,
  • an idea of how to prepare for the practicalities of college life.

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.  Or telephone Michele O'Donnell at +33 4 50 28 37 65            

                                   Price: 125 CHF per student. Includes snacks, lunch and materials.

 Tina Quick - Popular international speaker, transition expert and author of The Global Nomad's Guide to University Transition will be speaking at the Swiss Group of International Schools Conference in Basel and is coming to the Geneva, Switzerland area March 27-29 to give a series of workshops for students, parents and educators on Third Culture Kids (TCKs) / Cross-cultural kids (CCKs), transitions and the college/university transition.










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Your Space: Third-culture kids

Michele Mischler speaks to Tina Quick from International Family Transitions and pyschologist Michèle O’Donnell about so-called ’third-culture kids’, a term coined in the 1950s in a study of expat cultures.


Source: World Radio Switzerland

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Why a Cross-Cultural Childhood Matters Webinar

Click on the link below to see and listen to the webinar, "Third Culture Kids: Why a Cross-Cultural Childhood Matters," hosted by the USA Girl Scouts Overseas and Families in Global Transition.




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