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Welcome home! 

We’re glad to have you back!  We hope that your experience abroad was personally enriching and academically engaging.  We know that life after study abroad can seem both exciting as well as dull compared to the amount of activity you experienced while abroad.  Fortunately, you can keep your experience alive by getting involved in international activities on campus, and still feel like you’re a globetrotter.  Below you will find some guidance to help you.

>> Program Evaluation
>> Readjust
>> Engage in Global Issues and Activities
>> Share your story
>> Consider your Career Connections
>> Academic Credit /Transcripts -FAQ
>> IDS 156 Study Abroad Re-entry

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Program Evaluation

  • Program Evaluations - when the time comes, be sure to fill out your program evaluation(s). Miami will ask you to complete an evaluation to help improve our programs for future offerings; if you went on a transfer credit program, they will likely request an evaluation as well.
  • Global Perspectives Inventory - optional but strongly encouraged. This is available via your Miami study abroad application. 

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Readjust
Reverse Culture Shock:  Just as you most likely experienced culture shock upon arrival in your host country, most students experience a period of readjustment when they return home to the United States. It is important to process the feelings that you have upon returning home and to address the changes that have occurred both in yourself and your surroundings since you left. The ways you coped with challenges and stress abroad will be useful to you again as you return home. NAFSA (Association of International Educators identifies four stages of culture shock that most students experience:

Image of the effects of culture shock. Explaination below

  • Disengagement – The one foot in each country feeling before you return home.
  • Euphoria (more or less) – You’re back! And get to see family, old friends, and familiar places.
  • Dampened Euphoria – May be frustrated or critical of your own culture, comparing it with where you have been.  Good time to seek out other returnees that can relate.
  • Gradual Readjustment - May adopt certain host culture characteristics for your own life.  Come to terms with changes in yourself based on your experiences.  Applying and processing what you have learned.

Learn more about Culture Shock [Link to Culture Shock Page]

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Engage in Global Issues and Activities

  • Student Ambassador - Ambassadors help the study abroad office with recruitment, marketing and orientations.  You’ll be able to share your advice and experiences with prospective students.  Applications are accepted in the summer and early fall.  Apply through the student employment website or contact studyabroad@miamioh.edu
  • Global Buddies -  Now that you've been the international student, you know how hard it can be.  We hope that you will take the opportunity to help out an international student here in Oxford. The program is organized by the International Student and Scholar Services. We will match interested international and domestic students together for a semester-long program, including planned events and outings. Contact Jing Luo at luoj6@miamioh.edu for more information.
  • Re-Entry Events - The study abroad office offers many events designed specifically for students that have recently been abroad.  Keep your eye out for events such as:
    • Storytelling
    • Teach, Work and Volunteer Abroad:  How to get abroad again - A panel of experts will discuss ways to continue your travels after you graduate whether it be through teaching English abroad, Peace Corp, Foreign Service or grad school  abroad.
    • Articulating your Study Abroad Experience - This session is designed to teach you how to talk about your experiences in a way that sounds meaningful to employers in a job interview and on a resume.
    • Photo Contest - Send us your photos to compete for prizes and have your photos featured on our marketing materials!
    • Join international students every week for Nationalitea.
  • International Education Week (IEW) - A national event during November every fall, Miami will celebrate with a week of internationally-focused activities.
  • Lux Club - If you went to Luxembourg, we invite you to be a member of the Lux Club student organization.  They will be putting on social events and helping to recruit new MUDEC students. 
     

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Share your story!

Your story can be an inspiration to others
We would love to feature your blog, videos or photos on our Global Perspectives Blog!

>> Learn more about how you can share your story. 

 

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