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

UCEAP Returnees

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 UCEAP will appear on your UCI transcript, including grades and units. Grades can take up to three months (90 days) after the official end date of your program to be posted to your transcript.

Second, if you wish to fulfill any UCI degree requirements, review the Academics page for details on the process to follow.  If you experience any difficulties, contact the Study Abroad Center for assistance.

Other UC Program & Independent Program Returnees

First, for units to be granted, the transcript provided by the Independent program or Other UC Program must be submitted electronically using the specific vendors or methods listed on the UCI Admissions page and you must submit the Current Student Update form to Admissions.

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 your abroad 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 Academic Planning Tool, or petition any new courses not listed there. 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 UCEAP 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 and us!

All in-person events are currently postponed.

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 
  • 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!

UCEAP Exchange Partners Program

Information for Returnees

The UCEAP Exchange Partner Program is currently suspended for Fall 2020. Check back in December for more information on being a part of our Exchange Partner program for Winter/Spring 2021. 

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!

Submit Your Story

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Think about what types of activities were you involved in while abroad that were meaningful for your learning? (You may include: unique classes, research, internships, volunteering, conversation exchanges, club involvement, teaching, homestay, etc.) How have you changed or what have you learned due to studying abroad? What specifically caused that change/new understandings? What are you doing now as a result of studying abroad (such as a club/organization involvement, community service, career or career plans, further education plans, etc.)?

Be a Study Abroad  Peer Advisor

Peer Advisors at the UCI Study Abroad Center are UCI students who have participated in a study, work, internship, volunteer, research or teaching program in a foreign country or have other global interests, passions, and experiences. 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 send more UCI students abroad!
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:  Details coming soon
  • 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 our Informational Meeting and Training on October 1, 2020 at 3:30PM

Register here to attend.

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 Advisor, Dana Lapsley or 949-824-6343.