Welcome Home! We are very excited to have you back at NDSU with us and hope that you enjoyed your time abroad! Living in another country and experiencing a different culture has likely changed your life in multiple ways. New friends, hobbies, interests, and global perspectives may be some of these changes. Sharing your experiences is an important part of returning to the U.S. and can help you realize how valuable studying abroad has been. It is also important for us at the Study Abroad Office to be here for you at this time because we understand that returning home isn't always an easy process.
This page has been designed for students returning to NDSU and offers tips to help students readjust to life in the U.S., get involved in the international community on campus, and share their unique experiences with other students. Please feel free to come by the Study Abroad Office for a visit. We would love to hear about your time spent abroad!
At the beginning of each semester, an hour-long Re-Entry Session is held for study abroad returnees who are just coming back to NDSU. If you are on your way back from studying abroad, you will receive an email invitation to attend this session.
During this session, we will talk about credit transfer and make sure any other questions you have are discussed. We will also discuss the meaning of reverse culture shock and give suggestions on how to deal with it. Part of the session will be devoted to stories of your own personal study abroad experiences if you feel comfortable sharing your thoughts.
Finally, we'll talk about getting involved with NDSU's international student population and how it can help you foster new international friendships and connections here at home. Here's something to think about--your international experience doesn't by any means have to end with your experience abroad!
- Get involved in NDSU's International Student Association (ISA) who puts on an annual International Night review during International Week every Spring, among many other fun activities and events.
- Become a study abroad Peer Mentor! Peer Mentors are returned study abroad students who work in our office to help other students. We send out an email every summer and some Decembers for applications, so watch your email for the application.
- Enter the fall photo contest at the Study Abroad Fair. You'll receive an email invitation to participate next August!