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Returned Students


Welcome Back!

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!

​​Know About Your Grades

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.​

Experiential Learning Credit

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.​​

 

Get Involved! Re-Entry Activities

Returned study ab​​road 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. 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.

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 online 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.  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.

5. G.L.O.B.E.

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.

6. What’s Up With Culture                                                                                  

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 abroad.

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.

8. Orientations

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. 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 sojournaldepaul@gmail.com to showcase your experience and help others prepare for and reflect on study abroad.

10​. 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 and tag @DPUStudyAbroad​ in your posts. 

Be an On-Campus Ambassador for Study Abroad

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​​.​​​​

Interested in teaching English abroad?

​​​​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. ​

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