Returning Students

It is not always easy to leave your new home. Use these ideas to help you manage the return—and enjoy your time abroad even more.

Preparing to return

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) denial

If you received financial aid, you will likely receive a notification you failed to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for your semester abroad. Here is what to do if you receive an SAP denial notice:

  • 1 term abroad: After receiving an SAP denial notice, email to alert them to the fact that you were on an education abroad program
  • 2 or more consecutive terms abroad: After receiving an SAP denial notice, email to alert them to the fact that you were on an education abroad program and include a copy or image of an official or unofficial transcript. Contact Global Learning for more information
  • Faculty-led participants: If your WSU professor has not posted grades, you may need to contact the organizing department

Program feedback

We want to know what your international experience was like—the good, the bad, the in-between. Your response will help us improve programs and support for your fellow Cougs.

Global Cougs skills and careers packet

The Global Cougs Skills and Careers Packet is chock-full of useful information. Use it to help:

  • Identify skills you gained abroad
  • Highlight international experience in resumes, cover letters, and interviews
  • Find international jobs
  • Readjust to life in the United States
  • Answer the surprisingly difficult question “So how was it?”

Take the education abroad capstone class

UNIV 491.2, Education Abroad Capstone, helps you integrate your experience abroad into your experience at WSU, as well as recognize and build on skills gained abroad.

1 credit; fall and spring semesters

Email Global Learning for more information or to enroll.

Go abroad again

You can study, intern, research, or volunteer abroad for credit. Sign up for a Global Cougs 101 session to refresh your memory on all the different options.

You may also apply for graduate school abroad, teach English, or even find a full-time job abroad. Students on the Pullman campus can visit the Academic Success and Career Center for information on how to get started.

You might also consider a Fulbright grant. Your international experience can be used to prepare yourself to apply for this prestigious grant.

Get involved

You do not have to leave your international experience behind now that you are back on campus. Get involved in international clubs and volunteer opportunities to share your experience and pay it forward.

Global Learning Peer Advisors

Help other students live their dreams of going abroad. Share your experiences, inspire them, and help them achieve a higher level of cultural competency. Internship credit is available.

Global Learning ambassadors

Represent the country, city, and program where you studied. Global Learning ambassadors help students choose locations and programs for study abroad.

Earn a Global Leadership Certificate

Global Leadership Certificate is 15 credits of coursework and activities to develop your intercultural learning and leadership skills. Having the Global Leadership Certificate on your transcript shows employers that you have the skills to analyze, adapt, communicate, problem-solve, and empathize in a variety of professional and personal networks.

Visit the International Center

For students attending or visiting WSU Pullman, the International Center is a great place to meet new people. You could very well meet students from the country where you studied abroad.

There are plenty of events and opportunities to get involved.

For instance, the International Center hosts conversation hours where international students come to socialize, celebrate U.S. and international holidays, and practice their English—and domestic students are always welcome.

Consider Peace Corps Service

Meet with a Peace Corps Recruiter at WSU and talk about how you can be involved. Take the Peace Corps Prep program to gain skills and experiences that will make you a competitive applicant.

Stay connected

Social media

Follow, like, and share your experience.