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Step 10: To-do when you return

step 10Your experience abroad may be over, but securing your credits and sharing your travels are important steps that remain. Learn more!

"The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one’s own country as a foreign land." — G. K. Chesterton

Request an official transcript from your host institution

If you haven't yet done so, immediately upon your return you should request an official transcript be sent to the UVM Office of Transfer Affairs. Learn more about securing your credit.

Attend an OIE re-entry gathering

Share your adventure with the campus! We hope that you'll attend our re-entry gatherings upon your return. These gatherings allow you to connect with UVM study abroad students and faculty to talk about your unique experience, cultural readjustment, and opportunities in international careers. At some events, you may have the opportunity to meet an international student here at UVM from where you studied abroad. Review our Calendar of Events or Facebook upcoming events.

Re-entry Shock

This occurs when a student returns to their country of origin. Students may find that things are no longer the same at home. Some students find it more difficulty than adjusting to the host culture. For example, some of the newly acquired customs from your host country are not used in Burlington, Vermont. We encourage you to share your experiences at an OIE re-entry gathering.

Fill out a study abroad evaluation form

Fill out an evaluation about your program. These forms provide the "real story" for prospective students and are invaluable tools for their decision-making. This not only provides useful information for UVM students interested in studying through the same program or in the same country, it helps keep OIE well-informed about how students are experiencing different programs and how we can better assist students in the future.

Apply to work as a peer advisor at OIE

Enthusiastic and motivated study abroad returnees who have a federal work-study grant are invited to apply for a peer advisor position in the Office of International Education. Peer advisors help orient students interested in study abroad, maintain the study abroad library, and share their own experiences. They also work to promote study abroad on campus and assist in pre-departure orientation sessions among many other tasks. Become a peer advisor!

Help an arriving international student

One of the best ways to integrate your study abroad experiences with your life at UVM is to get involved with newly arriving international and exchange students at OIE. As a former study abroad student, you are particularly aware of and sensitive to the challenges faced by students arriving in a new country and dealing with a new language. This could encompass everything from picking up a student at the airport to taking students shopping in the first days after their arrival to serving as their UVM representative and helping them get oriented in campus life. Interested?

Attend international campus events

Participate in the planning and preparations for a campus event bringing a bit of your new experience to UVM. There are activities planned during International Education Week in November and International Women's Day every year in March. Watch your e-mail inbox for upcoming opportunities!

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