Returning Students

Welcome back from what we hope has been one of the most enriching and exciting periods of your undergraduate career! The Study Abroad staff would love to hear from you, see your photos, and learn about your adventures abroad. If you haven't completed the on-line program evaluation listed in your study abroad account, we ask that you do that immediately.

One of the hardest things about coming home is the fact that you are no longer overseas-what is commonly known as "reverse culture shock". Here a few suggestions on how to overcome your feelings and keep an international dimension in your life.

Ways to Internationalize Your Life in Philadelphia

Study Abroad Office
Contact us about work-study positions and opportunities to become a peer advisor for prospective participants. You could also volunteer to speak about your experience at Study Abroad Information Sessions, Student Life, and Admissions events.

Modern Languages
Did you know that Drexel's Modern Languages Department offers 10 foreign languages? Why not continue previous language studies or start a new one?

Conversation Network
Seek out international students currently attending Drexel or consider u may want to join the Conversation Network (conversation.network@drexel.edu) which organizes conversation exchange between students learning English and students learning other languages. Partners meet once or twice a week in a relaxed setting to practice their conversational language skills. Half of the time is spent speaking English and the other half is spent speaking the non-English language.

Fellowship Opportunities
Have you ever thought of applying for a fellowship to study abroad once you've graduated from Drexel? In most cases, the fellowship will enable you to get a graduate degree from a foreign university, or, in the case of the Fulbright Program, spend a year doing research abroad. Most applications for fellowships are due in the fall of your senior year. Contact fellowships@drexel.edu for more information.

Annual Delaware Valley Reentry Conference
Designed for students who have recently returned from study or co-op abroad, this conference, held annually (normally in January) addresses issues such as:

  • The Study Abroad Experience and Reentry
  • Contributing to the International Dimension of Your Campus
  • Marketing Your International Experience to Employers
  • Volunteering and Graduate Fellowships Abroad

International Visitor's Council of Philadelphia (IVC)
A private, nonprofit organization that is the "door" to the greater Philadelphia community for guests of the US Government. Their core program is the State Department's prestigious "International Visitor Program," but that's just one of several programs they administer. IVC has two divisions: The Center for International Development and the Center for International Business. Their mission is to promote democracy, free enterprise, international trade and educational exchanges.

Welcoming Center for New Philadelphians
The Welcoming Center's mission is "to be a centralized employment and referral center for the region's growing immigrant community by promoting immigrant participation in the area's political, social, and economic life. Since opening our doors in 2003, we have assisted more than 1500 clients from 54 countries."

International House (I-House)
Located at 38th and Chestnut Streets and a meeting place of international students and international activities. I-House sponsors a film program and concert series, and the Philadelphia Festival.

Go abroad yet again
Consider studying, working, or volunteering abroad. You already know about studying abroad as an undergraduate, but perhaps you should consider doing your graduate work overseas. The University of Michigan has a great search engine on this subject. Also refer to the Working Abroad and Volunteering Abroad sections of this page.

Internationalize your academics
During your time abroad, you probably gained some new interests and perspectives. You can fuel this fire by seeking Drexel courses http://www.drexel.edu/catalog that build upon your experience and continue to expand your thinking. Consider courses that are culturally or globally themed, or even a minor in International Area Studies, International Business, or a Modern Language for example.

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