Upon Your Return From Study Abroad
Welcome back from your study abroad! We hope that your study abroad journey was an enjoyable and transformational experience. Re-entry can be both an exciting and confusing time. You may be asking yourself, “I’m back… now what?” Below you'll find some resources that will help you transition into thinking about your international future.
While abroad, some courses that you may have received approval for prior to departure may not be have been offered at your host institution. If you took courses that were not been previously approved, you must still get them approved while abroad or upon your return to Pace. Your transcript from abroad will not be processed by OSA at Pace until all of your course approvals have been received. Follow these step-by-step instructions.
If you have not already done so, contact your host university to request that your transcript be send to Pace Education Abroad:
Attn: Sydney Tisch
163 William Street, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Are you attending graduate school in the USA?
If you're planning on attending graduate school after you finish your undergraduate degree at Pace, you will likely need to request an official transcript from your school abroad. To do so, visit the school's website and follow their stated procedure for requesting a transcript. You can order the transcript(s) be sent to yourself or to the grad school directly, but if you send it to yourself be careful not to open the envelope containing the transcript as this will make the transcript no longer an official transcript.
Tip: When ordering a transcript from abroad, order an extra one or two to keep on hand in case you need them in the future!
Reverse Culture Shock
Just as you experienced culture shock upon your arrival at your host country abroad, you will likely experience some degree of reverse culture shock upon your return to the USA. Your view of the United States may have changed while gaining a new perspective abroad and it could be difficult to readjust to your life back home. Here are some links to help you adjust to life after study abroad.
Study abroad is more than just learning in a classroom. It is in your daily lives, explorations, and cultural encounters where the most personal growth occurs. These soft skills are what employers are looking for and it is your job to help translate your experience into your future career! Here are some links that provide information on how to freshen up your resumes and interviews by adding your study abroad experience.
How do you put study abroad on your resume? Outline the academic components of your studies abroad on your resume: the courses you took, presentations you gave, and projects you worked on. Think about "soft skills" that you'ver strengthened during study abroad — intercultural fluency, critical thinking/problem solving, flexibility, adaptability, initiative, cross-cultural communication, working in global teams, and self-awareness. There is a rising demand from employers for global-ready graduates. Be sure to highlight the diversity of your experiences abroad, that you willingly went out of your comfort zone, and the fact that you succeeded in navigating a new culture, currency, transportation system, language, etc. Include real examples of how you've demonstrated these soft skills in your cover letter, and how you overcame specific challenges abroad. In addition, you can leverage the new friends and contacts you made abroad to network for jobs. For help translating your experience abroad into your future career, visit Career Services at Pace. There are also many on-line resources to guide students in turning their study abroad into a resume builder.
Get involved in helping others go abroad!
Pace Abroad Leaders (PALs) are Pace students who have studied abroad and have an interest in helping prospective students through the study abroad process (while developing resume-enhancing skills). Study abroad alumni provide valuable first-hand advice and expertise that is a great resource for students. As a PAL, you'll be a representative of Pace Education Abroad You must be enthusiastic and informed about our policies, procedures and programs. You'll gain skills in public speaking, event organization, communication skills, and other administrative environment. If you're interested in becoming a PAL, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.