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Study Abroad

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.

Need to Know

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 a SAP denial notice:

  • One-term abroad: After receiving an SAP denial notice, email sapappeal@wsu.edu to alert them to the fact that you were on an education abroad program.
  • Two or more consecutive terms abroad: After receiving an SAP denial notice, email sapappeal@wsu.edu 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.

Academic Credit

Ensure that your program sponsor or host university is prepared to send a study abroad transcript to WSU.

The official transcript should be sent to:

Washington State University
Office of International Programs
Global Learning Department
PO Box 645110
Pullman, WA 99164-5110

Compare your course approval form with the courses you have been taking so that you know what to look for in your transcript later.

After you return, take these steps to make sure you receive proper credit for your study abroad courses.

1

Confirm Your Transcript has Been Received

Check at MyStudyAbroad

Be patient and keep checking. It can take several weeks (or even months) for foreign transcripts to reach WSU. After they are received, it will take 2 to 4 weeks to process and have them posted to your WSU transcript.

If your transcripts have not arrived after 4 months, contact your program provider or the university you attended to confirm a transcript was sent to the correct address. If the transcript has been sent, contact the Office of International Programs.

Until your transcript arrives from abroad, your WSU grade reports will show an “I” grade for EA 300 or ISE 300. When the transcript arrives, these placeholder courses will be replaced with the actual courses you took.

2

Confirm Study Abroad Credits Have Been Correctly Applied to Your WSU Transcript

Check my student account

If your degree report has not been updated accurately, contact your academic advisor. If you need further assistance after talking with your advisor, please contact the Office of International Programs.

A Step Further

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.

Review Your Program

Global Cougs Skills & Careers Packet

The Global Cougs Skills & Careers Packet (pdf) 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 to integrate your experience abroad into your experience at WSU, as well as recognize and build on skills gained abroad.

One credit; fall and spring semesters.

E-mail ip.globallearning@wsu.edu 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. Visit the Academic Success & 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 your 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.

Learn more & apply

Global Learning Ambassadors

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

Learn more & apply

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.

More information

Participate in the Global Case Competition

The Global Case Competition brings graduate and undergraduate students from all WSU campuses together to form multi-disciplinary teams. These teams work to develop solutions to issues currently impacting a global community.

Global Case Competition

Visit the International Center

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.

International Center

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.

More information

Stay Connected

Photo Contest

All WSU students who have studied abroad during the past year are invited to enter our photo contest.

Photo Contest

Social Media

Follow, like and share your experience.