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Returned from Abroad

Welcome Back!  Returning home after studying abroad can be exciting and sometimes overwhelming.  Below is information and resources that can help you with your transition back to your life at home and at UCI, including recommendations for how to keep your international experience alive.

Important Returnee Information

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!

Getting Credit

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.

Graduation

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!

International Welcome Back Breakfast
September 27, 2018 from 9-11 am at Student Services II patio
Enjoy a free breakfast and meet other recent returnees, students interested in studying abroad, and international students who are studying abroad here at UCI! This is a chance for you to share your story and bond over international adventures! It will be extremely casual and you can come and go as you please.

Lessons from Abroad Returnee Conference
Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 9:30am – 3:30pm at CSU Fullerton
For more details and to register for the conference, visit: http://www.lessonsfromabroad.org/losangeles/

Returnee Opportunities

Study Abroad Returnee Newsletter
Study Abroad Returnee Seminar
  • University Studies 197D, Study Abroad Experiential Learning, is a 1.0 unit P/NP seminar with up to 15 students which will cover three topics: marketing your, study abroad experience for jobs or graduate school, extending your study abroad learning here on campus and personal reflection
  • The seminar is offered in fall and winter quarters only.
  • You are encouraged to enroll during the quarter immediately upon your return to UCI.
Share your experience

Be on our Returnee List

  • Serve as a resource for prospective students interested in participating in YOUR program. Share your stories and enthusiasm on an ongoing basis!

Join Us on Facebook and Instagram

  • Show UCI students what YOU did abroad! Post your photos, videos, blogs, stories,and more on the Anteaters Abroad page on Facebook and follow us and tag us in your photos with #uciabroad on Instagram. This is an easy way to promote study abroad at UCI and could quite possibly inspire someone else to take their journey!
Country Sash

Show your global pride at graduation and make your international experience visible! Accent your cap and gown with a Country Sash! Order online.

The World at UCI

Check out opportunities at UCI to meet international students, learn about other cultures, and learn about international events and issues. Deepen and expand your international learning!

EAP Exchange Partners Program

Information for Returnees

Have you recently returned from abroad and are interested in meeting international students from all over the world?

The Study Abroad Center is offering UCI students the opportunity to serve as a mentor to an international student who will be coming to study abroad at UCI in Fall 2018.

Participating in the program will give you the chance to meet and become friends with an international student. This is a great opportunity to help an international student integrate into life at UCI and feel part of the campus community! As a mentor, you will also serve as an invaluable source of information for new international students who have questions and concerns.

How does the program work?

  • Attend our meeting/social event at 5 pm on Tuesday October 2, 2018 in Student Services II, Room 1010. This is where you will have the chance to meet and mingle with international students who have just arrived at UCI, and who want to be your Exchange Partner!
  • Once you have found a partner, you will both agree where, when and how often you want to meet and your level of involvement with one another. At the minimum, you could give him/her a tour of the campus, explain how things work on campus and be available to answer any questions. You are not expected to know all the answers but can help the student to find out and can make him/her feel welcome and know that there’s a friendly face on campus.

Thank you for your interest in the program and please feel free to contact the Study Abroad Center if you have any questions at: studyabroad@uci.edu

Be on our Returnee List 

Want to help others in their study abroad journey? Sign up to be on our Returnee List, so prospective study abroad students may contact you for questions and advice!

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Be a Study Abroad  Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors at the UCI Study Abroad Center are UCI students who have returned from study, work, internship, volunteer, research or teaching programs in a foreign country. Peer Advisors assist the Study Abroad Center with outreach, publicity, and advising for the various opportunities abroad that are available to UCI students.  Click here for details on how to join our team.

Be a Generation Study Abroad  Ambassador!

Share your experiences abroad and help us send
20% of UCI students abroad by 2020!

Together we can reach the national goal of
doubling the number of US college students studying abroad
by increasing the number and diversity of UCI students studying abroad.
Learn more about Generation Study Abroad.

What You Will Do: What You Will Get:
  • Share what you did and what you learned while abroad!
  • Make presentations about your study abroad experience (about 10 total over the academic year) to the following groups:

    • UCI Freshmen
    • Groups & organizations that you are currently or were previously involved in (e.g. sports clubs, scouts, youth groups, community organizations, your favorite high school teacher’s class, etc.)
    • High School groups that UCI targets (e.g. Santa Ana, Anaheim, Long Beach, etc.)
  • Assist UCI’s Study Abroad Center at special events on campus to promote study abroad
  • Professional Development:  Become an excellent public speaker.  Learn how to tailor information to a specific audience.  Improve mentoring skills.  Hone your accountability, time-management skills, general planning skills, etc.
  • Personal rewards:  Develop greater clarity on what you learned from studying abroad and how you can apply it to your future.  Inspire and motivate others to follow in your footsteps.
  • Stipend:  Up to $500 if you reach the target number of presentations during the academic year.
  • Swag & Recognition:  UCI Generation Study Abroad t-shirt, your country’s sash to wear in graduation, recognition at awards ceremonies and more!
How To Join:

Attend one 2-hour training session.

RSVP to attend 1 training session.
Choose:  Friday, September 28, 2:00-4:00 p.m.  or  Tuesday, October 2, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 After attending one of the mandatory training sessions, follow instructions provided at the training to
register as a Generation Study Abroad Ambassador.

What Past Ambassadors Say
It was great to relive my study abroad experience by talking about it to others.

I have definitely improved my ability to speak in a confident and compelling way.

It is so rewarding to share my experience and see students get excited about studying abroad.

I learned how to communicate very well with people of all ages and demographics. This alone is so important for my future career endeavors.

I have been able to carry the skills I have learned in other aspects of my life, including my post-graduation job search.

QuestionsContact Study Abroad Center Associate Director, Marcella Lawson marcella.lawson@uci.edu or 949-824-4802.