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
- Collect contact information for your new family, friends and professors
- Gather your favorite music, recipes, etc., to bring back home
- Write a letter to your future self
- Keep a journal to create treasured memories for the rest of your life
- Our perspective exercise (pdf) and “while you were away” exercise (pdf) might help you recognize how you have changed and help you relate your experience to others
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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.
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.
Confirm Your Transcript has Been Received
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.
Confirm Study Abroad Credits Have Been Correctly Applied to Your WSU Transcript
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.
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 & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.