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Returning Home

The student experience

Returning Home from Study Abroad


At the Education Abroad Office, we want to support our students from the moment they walk through our doors asking about study abroad to the moment they return home from an incredible learning experience.

Upon completion of your study abroad program, you will need to transfer your credits from your host institution to UW. For information about this process, please visit the Registration and Transfer Credit page.

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Overview

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Details

Quito, Ecuador truck with chickens and volcano pictureReverse Culture Shock:

Often, we will discuss with those traveling abroad the difficulties of culture upon arrival in their host country; however, it is just as prudent to prepare yourself and understand the realities of reverse culture shock. This is a common occurrence experienced by students returning to the U.S. after a study abroad program. 80% of people returning from an experience abroad have some form of difficulty with re-entry and it may be more difficult for some than it is for others.

When considering your re-entry into the United States, consider these three pointes:

  • Home has changed.
  • You have changed.
  • You have adapted to another culture and now you must readapt.

Returning home isn’t easy for a number of reasons, including how much you have changed, how you understand these changes, and how much your friends and family accept these changes. It’s important to take time to consider your particular difficulties.

Think about the statements below:

  1. I know that I have changed as a result of my experience because… 
  2. My friends seem to understand_______ about me, but they don’t understand _______.
  3. My re-entry experience would be better if...
  4. Now that I am home, I worry most about… 
  5. The one thing I know I have learned about myself is…
  6. I wish I could explain to my family and friends that…

There are many ways to combat reverse culture shock:

  • Talk with others who have been abroad
  • Find a community that wants to hear your stories!
  • Keep your memories alive – try journaling!
  • Explore domestically
  • Make a travel goal; start saving for your next trip
  • Reflect on what you learned abroad
  • Write down what you thought was great about the US while you were abroad
  • Find physical supports – get German chocolate if you miss Germany, learn to make one of your favorite foods, movies, books, etc.

In addition to the above, it’s helpful to get involved as a way to talk about your recent international experience. The Education Abroad Office has developed several ways for students to get involved with the Education Abroad Office; check them out here:


(Re)Entry Social:

During this dinner, we will connect you with the international community here at UW!  You will have the opportunity to meet and mingle with peers who studied abroad recently studied abroad as well as with our incoming international exchange students for the semester or academic year.  This event has been popular in the past as it is a fun and relaxed way to make friends and talk about your experiences abroad.  You will receive an invitation for this with a date, time, and RSVP link. 


Re-Entry Workshop

While this breakfast seems long, students have often asked for it to be longer!  Why, you ask?  Because it is a great way to meet other students who returned from studying abroad like you.  We know that reverse culture-shock can be difficult and often students look for an outlet to talk about the life-changing experiences they just had.  This workshop talks about those complex feelings, how to deal with returning home, and allows you to share your stories with peers.  Additionally, you will get more information on how to stay involved with the international community, how to go abroad again if that interests you, how to bring your career abroad after graduation, and further information on working in the field of Education Abroad! 


Become a UWYO Abroad Ambassador

Salkantay, Peru mountains and Koala in AustraliaWhat are the ambassadors?

Are you interested in sharing your experiences with the campus community? Think about getting involved with the Education Abroad Office throughout the semester!  The UWYO Abroad Ambassadors are a group of students passionate about education abroad and who want to share their experiences with the campus community.  We offer training and a retreat at the beginning of the semester and ask that you participate in various events throughout the semester (minimum of 4 events or 1 event per month).  You can participate in already established events like tabling, pop-in advising, and classroom presentations or you can get creative and find other ways to give back!  In the past, students have written news articles about Education Abroad, they have (re)created marketing materials for us, and they have written testimonials!  

Why become an ambassador?

We want you to get the most out of this opportunity and want to give back to our ambassadors for all the hard work they do with us:

  • We provide students with opportunities for professional development throughout each semester including resume reviews, workshops on how to market your international education, and writing references for ambassadors.  
  • We will provide a LinkedIn review for each ambassador who completes all of the program requirements. 
  • At the end of every year we will host a celebration for our ambassador with a certificate of completion and various awards for outstanding ambassadors. 
  • You can put this ambassadorship on your resume! As a small group of students on campus, ambassadors not only studied abroad but they chose to promote education abroad at the University of Wyoming!

Want to become an ambassador? Fill out the Registration Form for the upcoming semester.  If you have any questions, please email uwyoabd@uwyo.edu. In the meantime, check out our current UWYO Abroad Ambassadors


Become a UWYO Global Buddy

This is a great way to make new friends within the wider UW international community. Students from all over UW, domestic and international alike, are matched into buddy groups of about 4 or 5 students based on common interests. You are asked to spend time with your buddy group throughout the semester.  Groups who document the most gatherings throughout the semester will win a prize! We also ask buddies to attend larger group events once a month like matching day, scavenger hunts, cookie decorating, and other intercultural activities.

Fill out the Registration Form to become a Buddy during the upcoming semester! If you have any questions, please email uwyoabd@uwyo.edu.


Get involved with our social media 

First and foremost, if you are not already following us on Facebook and Instagram, please do so! You can find us at either facebook.com/uwyoabroad or instagram.com/uwyoabroad 

Write a postcard from abroad

We always welcome submissions for postcards to appear on social media at uwyoabd@uwyo.edu

In order to create the postcard please answer any/all of the following questions for us in a narrative paragraph of 200 words or less (as if you were sharing with us a postcard):

  • What are you studying at UW/What year at UW are you?
  • What drew you to the city/country that you’re currently in?
  • Are you staying with a host family or in the residence halls/apartments?
    • What do you like most about the people you are living with?
  • Do you feel that your time abroad is changing your perspective of the world?
    • If yes/no, how?
  • Is your study abroad experience living up to what you expected?
    • If yes/no, in what ways?
  • What is something you did not expect to encounter during your time abroad?
  • Do you feel your knowledge in your major/your language acquisition are improving?
  • If you could encapsulate your experiences so far in 1-2 words, what would it/they be?
  • What do you miss about home (UW, family, friends, pets, etc.)?

London, England red telephone booth and Wales castleWhen you send the paragraph in an email to uwyoabd@uwyo.edu, please also include 3-4 photos from your time abroad, the city/country you studied in, they type of program or the university you studied with, and the term you went abroad. 

We look forward to receiving the information for your postcard! We will format it and then share it with the #uwyoabroad community on Facebook and Instagram as well as send it back to you in an email. If you would like us to tag you, please include your Social Media information in the email to uwyoabd@uwyo.edu. We are very excited to learn from your experience!

Complete a post-study abroad Instagram takeover

Show us what a day in your life looked like while abroad!  We will ask you to “take over” our instagram story for a day and show off the program where you studied.  Take this opportunity to share pictures, post trivia, share facts, and show off a day in the life of you!  Check out our Instagram profile highlights to get an idea of what a takeover looks like.

If you would like to complete an Instagram takeover, please email uwyoabd@uwyo.edu

Write a testimonial, create a video, or tag us in #Throwback posts

Finally, feel free to do something creative!  If you would like to write a testimonial about your program explaining its influence on you, please send this to us or tag us in your post.  We also welcome video submissions from students who would like to show off their creative side.  Finally, if you post any throwback photos from abroad tag us in your photos and use the hashtag #uwyoabroad! 


#UWYOAbroad Photo Contest

Every November during International Education Week, the Education Abroad Office hosts a photo contest for students to show off their photos! We offer four categories for students to submit up to two photos in each:

Cross-Cultural Engagement Abroad

  • Photo showing a UW student or a UW employee engaging in cross-cultural activity during a UW sanctioned study abroad program
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be selected based on online voting and a committee within the Education Abroad Office who will judge on quality, content, and creativity. 

Distant Places

  • Photo taken abroad during a UW sanctioned study abroad program that illuminates the environment, culture, or history of the place visited
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be selected based on online voting and a committee within the Education Abroad Office who will judge on quality, content, and creativity. 

International Experiences in the United States

  • Photo of a UW international student or scholar engaging in a cross-cultural activity in the United States
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be selected based on online voting and a committee within the Education Abroad Office who will judge on quality, content, and creativity. 

International Impressions of the United States

  • Photo taken by a UW international student or scholar that features a city, a natural landscape, a place, or a landmark in the United States during their time at UW
  • 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place will be selected based on online voting and a committee within the Education Abroad Office who will judge on quality, content, and creativity. 

People’s Choice 

  • This category only has one winner which will be decided upon through social media voting, in-person voting during International Education Week, and campus-wide voting. 

Need to complete a Cheney giveback? 

Many of the activities on this page can be completed as a Cheney giveback: Becoming a UWYO Abroad Ambassador, writing a postcard from abroad, writing us a testimonial, working on a creative project, or submitting your photos to the #UWYOAbroad Photo Contest!  However, if none of these appeal to you, there are many other ways you can complete the giveback requirement of the Cheney International Scholarship.  If any of the ways to give back on this page interest you, please email uwyoabd@uwyo.edu.

Once you have completed your Cheney Giveback, you will need to fill out this form (upload PDF), have it signed by someone in our office, and turn it into our main office (room 103). 

UWYO Abroad Fair

Every semester the Education Abroad Office hosts a UWYO Abroad Fair for students to take their first step into the world of study abroad-- with over 400 different programs in 83 countries, this can be an overwhelming step to make.  Volunteer to help out at our fair (set-up, take-down, manning tables, running the photo booth, etc.) and help students start their journey! 

Union Tabling

We host tabling in the Wyoming Union at least once per week throughout the semester to talk to students about study abroad.  Use this time to talk about your experiences with student, staff, faculty, prospective students, and families!  We will provide the materials if you do the talking. 

Classroom Presentations

Want to talk to one of your classes about study abroad? We have lots of presentations (and presentation templates) that you can use to talk to students about Education Abroad and get them the necessary info. However, if you would like to create your own presentation that is perfectly fine!  Bring a sign-in sheet to the classroom, have your peers give us their emails, and give your presentation!  This can be anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, we are flexible. 

Resource Fairs

Throughout the semester, the admissions office will ask us to participate in resource fairs for prospective students, incoming freshmen, Trustee scholar applicants, and transfer students.  We ask student volunteers to attend these events (never more than an hour) and speak about their experiences studying abroad. If you would like to participate in a resource fair (usually these take place on a Friday or Saturday morning), let us know and we will arrange the materials for you! 

Come help us in the office

We often have several projects that need completed which we unfortunately do not always have the time for. If your specialties lie within solo-work or on projects rather than with presentations, let us know!  We are happy to work with you and figure out what you can do. 

Get Creative! 

If none of these sound fun to you and you would like to do something else, let us know!  We’ve had students propose creating apps for us, creating videos for our website, or writing blogs to promote study abroad.  If you want to tap into your creative side, now is a great time to do so and we will support you as you brainstorm ways to complete your give back!

 

 

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