Returned Student Services
You’ve returned from studying abroad; Congratulations on completing a life-changing experience! What’s next? Now is your chance to reflect upon your experience and settle back into life in the United States. What changes do you see in your environment now that you have an outside perspective? How have you changed by studying abroad? Please read below for more information for returned students.
OWLs Abroad (Our Worldly Leaders Abroad)
A beneficial opportunity you should take advantage of is becoming a member of the “OWLs Abroad” student organization. This group offers an outlet for students to share their experiences, learn from one another, and discuss global passions. As a member you can also learn different strategies to present your study abroad experience in a positive way to family members, colleagues or future employers!
Please visit the OWLs Abroad website (available soon through the Student Life website and KSUclubs.com) for information on joining the organization and for upcoming events.
Join us for FREE coffee and refreshments and get more information about this new student organization:
WEDNESDAY November 2 and THURSDAY November 3
10:30am - 11:30am both dates
Student Center Room 372
Stop by between classes and say hello. We hope to see you there!
‘Like’ us on Facebook to stay connected with all things international. Get information about upcoming study abroad programs, opportunities for life after study abroad, campus events, travel tips, fun facts, trivia, contests, photos, and much more!
Follow the link above or search “Kennesaw State University Education Abroad Office” on Facebook.
As a returned student you qualify to enter the Education Abroad Essay Contest! The 2011-12 essay contest will be accepting applications from November 1 – December 12, 2011.
‘Like’ the Education Abroad Office on Facebook to keep up to date with deadlines, or watch out for announcements on the study abroad website and around campus. Detailed information about the contest can be found at http://www.kennesaw.edu/studyabroad/essaycontest.html. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
A photo contest for returned study abroad students will be held in 2012. Please check back here or on our facebook page for announcements about the contest.
If you would like to talk to someone about settling back in to the United States, don’t hesitate to stop by the Education Abroad Office to talk to one of the advisors:
Education Abroad Office
Willingham Hall, Building 23
Phone: (770) 423-6336
Advising hours are Monday – Thursday, 9am – 4pm
The information below should serve as a resource for you to get connected and discover ways to process your experiences. Please visit the links for access to tools designed to help students returning home and dealing with reverse culture shock.
How to deal with reverse-culture shock (Start at Module 2.3): This website offers valuable resources for returned students to process their transition. It is important for students to be aware of reverse culture shock, and the information on this website is a great place to start. Also pay attention to the top ten lists provided that explain some of the emotions you might be feeling and offers some suggestions for coping with them.
“Relationships, Roots, and Unpacking”: A great article about transitioning home after a meaningful experience abroad.
Reverse Culture Shock: This study abroad handbook provides great information about re-entry into your home country and dealing with the different stages of returning.
Resources for returning home: Here you can find various links to helpful websites, book suggestions, and interesting articles about returning home from abroad.
A toolkit for returned students: This toolkit provides important information about the re-entry process, including the emotional aspect, social actions, and academic advice.
Going Abroad Again
Now that you have returned from going abroad, are you trying to figure out ways to travel again? Below you will find links to information about additional opportunities to go abroad after graduating from Kennesaw, or during a semester break. Don’t forget that you can study abroad more than once through the KSU Education Abroad office!
Graduate School Abroad: http://international.gradschools.com
Work Abroad: http://jobs.goabroad.com/
Intern Abroad: http://internabroad.usnews.com/usn-search.cfm
Volunteer Abroad: http://gonomad.volunteerabroad.com/gn-search.cfm
Peace Corps: http://www.peacecorps.gov/