Returning from abroad
Continuing your experience
There are countless ways to use the interests and skills that you gained while abroad. Be creative in applying what you learned so that your growth can continue:
- Attend, and submit a proposal to present at, the Learning Abroad Conference. This new event features readings, posters, video, music and performances by students who have returned from international learning experiences.
- Enter the OSA Essay Contest.
- Enter the OSA Video Contest.
- Enter the OSA Photo Contest or the Global Focus Photography Competition.
- Come to an "Unpacking your Study Abroad Experience" workshop, offered with Career Services and Placement, to learn how to sell your study abroad experience to employers and graduate schools (see previous section).
- Develop a website for the program.
- Share your experiences by working as an OSA Peer Adviser.
- Volunteer for the American Semester Program
- Participate in a Study Abroad Fair! Ask your program leader or OSA coordinator how you can help staff your program's display or work at the Returnee Table.
- Work with international students by volunteering in the Office of International Students and Scholars.
- Connect with MSU's Area Studies Centers - Africa, Asia, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Russia.
- Attend the Global Opportunities Fair to explore internships; volunteer, work, and teaching opportunities abroad; and internationally-focused careers.
- Talk about your experience to clubs and groups, including adults and children.
- Make new friends from all over the world and enjoy free coffee at the International Coffee Hour
- Join international organizations and clubs.
- Continue your foreign language or take courses with an international focus.
- Write for The State News, the Lansing State Journal, or your local home paper.
- Continue studying your host country by taking related courses, reading international papers, viewing films and videos, writing research papers, etc.
- Volunteer to work in the community or on campus. Help organizations that support community service and development. Look for groups working with immigrants, refugees, or the aged so that you can use your listening, patience, and empathy skills.
- Start thinking about when and how you'll go abroad again! You can apply for Fulbright Scholarships to study and conduct research; find employment possibilities where you were abroad; join the Peace Corps; or just return to visit host family and friends.
- Talk with students from your program or with others who have studied abroad.
- Explore Phi Beta Delta, the first national honor society dedicated to recognizing scholarly achievement in international education.