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. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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).
Interact/Work with international students at VU - Join VISA! Become involved with the Valparaiso International Student Association, live in the Global Leaders Community at Brandt Hall, attend international activities on campus, or simply become a friend to an international student. Join one of the many multicultural student organizations on campus: VISA, LIFE, AAA, BSO.
Continue studying languages: Take additional language courses or join language clubs. German, French and Spanish speakers at Valpo can also live in one of the various language houses.
Help promote study abroad on campus: Volunteer to help spread the word about study abroad on campus. Submit your photos to email@example.com and be on student panels to talk about your experience.
Learn more about your host country: Register for courses on campus to learn more about the geography, history, politcal and social systems of the region you spent time living in. Read newspapers and books, view films, and basing research projects on your host culture. Visit the CCLIR to access international newspapers and magazines.
Keep in touch with your experience. Write/email your friends in your host country and send photos of your time together. Write a letter to your host institution explaining what the experience meant to you.