Congratulations on completing an unforgettable adventure! Some of you have already come by the Study Abroad Center to share stories, photographs and travel adventures. We know that you have had exciting, traumatic, wonderful, sad, funny, unforgettable and – most of all – enriching experiences. We also know that there can be challenges to readjusting to life at “home.” For information on readjustment, we strongly recommend that you read the following links:
Below you will find information regarding questions that returnees often have. We look forward to hearing your stories and helping you find ways to deepen and extend your life-long international learning. It never has to end!
EAP – Education Abroad Program Students
First check your transcript on Student Access to see if your grades have been posted. As you know, all of the classes you took while on EAP will appear on your UCI transcript, including grades and units. Grades can take up to three months after the official end date of your program to be posted to your transcript.
Second, if you wish to fulfill any UCI degree requirements, contact the Academic Counselor in the school of your major to verify how your EAP courses will fulfill your requirements. If you are unsure of the process to follow, refer to How to Get Credit. If you experience any difficulties with this process, contact the Study Abroad Center for assistance.
UC Summer Abroad Programs & Independent Programs Students
First, verify that the institution awarding grades sends an official transcript directly to:
Office of Admissions and Relations with Schools
260 Aldrich Hall
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-1075 USA
You can check your transcript on Student Access to verify that Admissions has recorded your credit on your UCI transcript. Please keep in mind that it generally takes at least two weeks from receipt of the Independent Programs transcript for credit to be posted to your UCI transcript.
Second, if you wish to fulfill any UCI degree requirements, contact the Academic Counselor in the school of your major to verify that you will receive the correct credit as indicated on your Independent Programs Credit Contract, or petition any courses not listed on your Independent Programs Credit Contract. If you are unsure of the process to follow, refer to How to Get Credit. If you experience any difficulties with this process, contact the Study Abroad Center for assistance.
If you are planning to graduate soon and have any questions about how to make sure that happens, contact an Academic Counselor in the School of your major.
Medical Review Upon Return
Student Health Center (SHC) recommends all EAP and Independent Programs participants to make an appointment for a follow-up visit after your return to UCI from your time abroad. For students returning from countries where tuberculosis is prevalent, a visit to SHC is highly recommended and a test for tuberculosis may be necessary. Make an appointment for a post examination within the first quarter you return from abroad with the Nurse Clinic by calling (949)824-5304. There is no charge to see the nurse but students will be responsible for the cost of any lab tests or x-rays deemed necessary by the SHC medical staff.
How Was It?
We recommend that you take the time to meet with anyone who supported you in your application or pre-departure preparations, such as the person who wrote your letter of recommendation, any person or organization who contributed to you financially, your study abroad advisor, etc. These people like to hear about what this experience meant to you and what you learned from it (about yourself, the world, etc.). We encourage you to take the time to share with them.
We are having another great year at the Study Abroad Center and more and more Anteaters are studying abroad! During 2015-16, 840 UCI students joined the ranks of those who have experienced the wonders of other lands and cultures. We hope to see each of you back in the office!