Ways to get involved:
Mark your calendars for cultural events and upcoming study abroad information sessions.
The Office of International Programs seeks student volunteers who will provide a student perspective to future study abroad participants. Returned study abroad participants can share their experiences and stories with other Valpo students thinking about studying abroad, act as a representative of the OIP and assist with pre-departure meetings.
If your program is not represented by a Peer Advisor or Ambassador, please contact Julie Maddox, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested in the position.
Attend a workshop, co-sponsored by the Career Center and the Office of International Programs, to identify the skills you learned abroad and how to articulate your experience effectively to potential employers. Whatever you decide to do after graduation, you will want to include your study abroad experience on your resume or graduate school application. You will want to make the connection to the actual skills you gained through your experience abroad--connections that will not always be obvious to an employer.
"One of the biggest challenges for students who participate in study abroad can be the difficulty in re-adapting to the realities in the United States (otherwise known as "re-entry"). Many students who studied abroad went through many changes, re-examining their priorities, their values, and what they think of themselves and the United States. The "reverse culture shock" may be more difficult than the "culture shock" you felt while abroad, " (www.studentsabroad.com/reentrycultureshock).
Participants are requested to provide feedback and evaluations through Abroad101, by clicking the icon below:
Study Abroad Program Reviews