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.
To be clear: Short-term programs occur during
December, spring break and summer. Term-long programs are a quarter or longer.
Below is a list of re-entry activities
available to students upon their return to DePaul University:
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
Create a video about your study abroad experience using clips
and other footage collected during your time abroad. We encourage students to
utilize some of the tips we provide on
how to create and submit a video entry. Submit a short 1-2 minute video that
showcases your experiences abroad. Watch past video entries on our YouTube Channel. Winners
are selected based on peer voting through Facebook. The video contest opens in
the fall quarter and is usually held in the winter quarter. Winners are
announced and prizes are awarded.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 dynamic conference provides study abroad returnees with an
opportunity to meet other returned students, hear from dynamic keynotes
speakers about their experiences abroad, and network with professionals working
in internationally-focused jobs. Registration required. Space is limited.
Become a member and join Global Learning
Overseas By Experience, a student organization founded especially for returned
study abroad students. Participate in multicultural learning and recreational
activities on and off campus with G.L.O.B.E. during the academic year. Check
out G.L.O.B.E.’s Facebook group for
upcoming meetings and events. Join the club online via Orgsync.
Complete online modules 2.3 – 2.5. This online
reflection tool sponsored by the
School for International Training and the University of the Pacific, is for
returning study abroad students seeking to explore reverse culture shock and
allows students to reflect on their own cultural learning after having been
7. Study Abroad Fair
Talk about your study abroad experience to
prospective study abroad students at the annual Study Abroad
Fair! Share your experience of living and studying overseas.
The annual Fair takes place in the fall quarter. Contact the Study Abroad Office to sign up to participate.
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.
9. How to Leverage Study Abroad Experience for your Career workshop
Attend! 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.