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We hope that your experience
was both personally and academically rewarding and that you have returned to
DePaul with new learning and insight that you will put to good use on campus,
in our community, and in your own life wherever it takes you!
Upon your return, we understand that you will have questions about your grades and transcripts from your time abroad. You should expect a grade delay. Your grades can take up to 3-6 months after the conclusion of your program to display in your campus connect account. We can provide you with a letter template, confirming your completion of the coursework and an explanation of the “R” grade that will be on your transcripts until your earned grade is posted. To request this letter, please contact your Study Abroad Advisor.
Returned study abroad students coming back from term-long programs are required to participate in at least one re-entry activity. Short term study abroad students are encouraged, but not required, to participate in applicable re-entry activities. Students are encouraged to participate in multiple re-entry activities.
1. Social Media
Follow us on social media when you return to campus! We truly look forward to hearing about your study abroad experience, so share your adventures, stories, and photos with us. Like our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter & Instagram and tag @DPUStudyAbroad in your posts.
2. Study Abroad Photo Contest
Submit your photos to the annual Study Abroad Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes like travel backpacks and journals! Check out past entries on our Facebook page. Winners are selected based on peer voting through Facebook. The Photo Contest usually opens in the winter quarter and concludes in the Spring quarter.
3. Study Abroad Video Contest
4. Study Abroad Blog: The SoJournal
Share advice, tips, or stories and photos about memorable moments you had while on study abroad. Submit your blog posts to email@example.com to showcase your experience and help others prepare for and reflect on study abroad.
5. Lessons From Abroad Conference
Attend this one-day re-entry conference typically hosted on the last Saturday in January. This event is open to other Chicago area students as well as students from universities and colleges in the Midwest. This conference provides study abroad returnees with an opportunity to meet other returned students, hear from dynamic keynote speakers about their experiences abroad, and network with professionals working in internationally-focused jobs. Registration required. Space is limited.
7. What's up with Culture
8. Study Abroad Fair
Connect! Talk about your study abroad experience with students preparing to travel to the same country that you already lived and studied in. Returned study abroad students are the BEST resource for students preparing to study abroad. Pre-departure orientations occur twice a year. Contact the Study Abroad Office to sign up to attend these program-specific break-out sessions during orientations.
10. Attend Workshops
Employers are often impressed with the skills students gain while studying abroad. Presented by the DePaul Career Center, this workshop teaches students how to list newly acquired study abroad skills on their resumes and helps students articulate their study abroad experience more effectively in professional interviews.
As a returned study abroad student, you understand what it is like to be in a new, strange place and what it takes to adjust. You would be a great resource for newly arriving international students in terms of helping them to acclimate to DePaul and to Chicago. You can volunteer to become a peer mentor for these international students with The International Student Experience Exchange. The (ISEE) Peer Mentor Program pairs student mentors with incoming international students to facilitate smooth adjustment into the DePaul community. Please contact Jennifer von Drehle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Build professional skills, keep your experience alive, and help future students make the decision to study abroad by becoming an On-Campus Study Abroad Ambassador. See more info and apply HERE. Applications are generally taken twice a year in August and January.
This guide, brought to you by the Career Center, will help you take the next step on your journey. Follow this step-by-step questionnaire of useful tips, advice, and a list of possible programs by region to help you decide.
If you studied on a term-long study abroad program, you fulfilled your Experiential Learning domain requirement. The Study Abroad office added a milestone to your student record that allows your academic advisor to direct 4 credits toward this requirement on your degree progress report. Once your grades have been posted, please contact your academic advisor.