Often described as the most difficult part of the study abroad process, re-entry to your home country, culture and college, can be a significant adjustment.
Events and Opportunities for Students Returning from Abroad
“Dinner” and “Dish” @ the Global Education Office, 409 Washington Ave. Thursday, 1/24/2013 from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Kate McCleary, Global Education Office
RSVP: by 1/23/2013 to Kate (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Come over to the Global Education Office (now located at 409 Washington Ave.) for some great conversation about your time abroad and snacks! Kate promises at least a few homemade treats in order to counter the cafeteria food you are re-adjusting to. A grab bag of questions will be available to help prompt our conversation and to get you started on sharing your stories with others who traveled abroad last semester. This is your chance to talk to others who are excited to hear about what you did, and they get it! They’ve been abroad too!
Marketing Your International Experience for Your Future @ Career Development Wednesday, 2/13/2013 from 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Hosted by Mrs. Vicky Sawyer
RSVP: by 2/12/2013 to email@example.com
“Studying abroad was awesome. It was a life changing experience.” How many times has that phrase come out of your mouth? With friends and acquaintances that might be an OK intro, but what about when you are in a job interview? Or at a networking event? Or sharing your thoughts in a graduate school application? What do you say then? Join Mrs. Vicky Sawyer as she walks you through the best ways to market your international experience in future employment and graduate/professional school applications, resumes, and interview.
Delaware Valley Study Abroad Re-Entry Conference @ U-Penn, Philadelphia Friday, 2/8/2013 from 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Conference Details: http://dvrc.studioabroad.com/
RSVP: to Kate McCleary (firstname.lastname@example.org) by January 28, 2013. She will then register the group with the conference hosts
The annual Delaware Valley Study Abroad Re-Entry Conference aims to provide college and university students who have recently returned from a study abroad experience with a variety of information. Developed by a committee of study abroad professionals, the conference will offer sessions on topics including career paths of study abroad participants, volunteer and non-profit opportunities abroad, the fellowship experience, and internationalizing your résumé and interviews. WAC Global Education Office will cover the cost. For students with Friday classes: You must discuss attending this conference with your professor prior to registering for the event. The Global Education Office is NOT granting you permission to miss classes.
Ways and Places to Present on Your Study Abroad Experience
One of the ways to process your experience is to share it with others! There are many events, clubs and organizations that are interested in your study abroad experience. Here are a few:
Global Mentor Program:
Students are encouraged to get involved with the Global Mentor program that matches an international and U.S. student in a language and culture exchange. Contact Theresa Capule (email@example.com) for more information.
International Relations Club:
Students are encouraged to become involved with the International Relations Club in planning social and cultural events for all students (U.S. and International students). Click here to see photos from IRC events!
Work in the Global Education Office:
Students may be considered for job opportunities in the Global Education Office, either as a Study Abroad Student Assistant or as an International Student Guide. Contact the Director of International Programs to determine availability of positions.
Present at an Admission’s Open House and Family Weekend:
Join Kate in talking to students and their parents about study abroad through Washington College. For the spring semester, there is an open house on Saturday, April 6. Next fall there will be other opportunities to present as well – including Family Weekend 2013!
Present at a Language Club meeting or at a Department of Modern Languages’ sponsored event:
Talk to the Modern Language faculty about hosting an event on study abroad for other students taking languages! There are often specific presentations on study abroad for students studying French, German, or Spanish hosted by the Modern Language Department. Your assistance with these presentations adds so much! Click here to access all clubs at Washington College.
Present to a Class within Your Major or Minor Field of Study:
Talk with faculty members about doing a brief presentation to a class that you feel is relevant to your study abroad experience. International Studies students who have spent time in a particular region might want to talk with your professor about doing a short presentation on something relevant to the class content and your experience overseas. If you are a Biology major and didn’t think you could go abroad, ask to do a short-presentation on how you managed your schedule and studied abroad to a first-year class. Hearing from all of you about what you did and how you did it means so much to your peers!
Global Education Office Pre-Departure Session:
You know how much you valued getting advice from former study abroad students. Join the Global Education Office in early April at our Pre-Departure Session. We rely on you to share the nitty-gritty details that you wanted to know before you left! Keep an eye out for dates.
Clubs, Organizations, Residence Halls, and Greek Life:
If you are part of a group that has lots of students interested in studying abroad, talk with Kate McCleary about co-presenting a session on study abroad. Kate can review the process, and you can share your fantastic stories about what you got out of the experience. E-mail Kate if you want to set something up: firstname.lastname@example.org.