Welcome home! Even though your program has ended, your adventure is just beginning. The links below contain ways for you to make the most of your remaining time in school and apply the new perspectives that you have brought back. Read through them carefully.
"Study Abroad Brought Home" Seminar, ERC 192
Mondays, October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 4:00 to 6:00 pm
International Center Oceanids Pavilion
We know your study abroad experience was amazing and life changing! To truly understand and evaluate the impact of this experience, we encourage you to consider enrolling in a special one unit seminar, "Study Abroad Brought Home", taught by Provost Emeritus of ERC, Ann Craig. The seminar was offered last fall for the first time and received outstanding CAPE reviews!
The seminar is designed to provide an opportunity for study abroad returnees to reflect systematically and academically about their experiences abroad, to begin to integrate study abroad with educational experiences at UCSD and with possible career plans, and to consider what form their “global citizenship” will take in the future. Download the complete course syllabus (pdf).
The seminar is open to UCSD students of all six colleges. Enrollment for Fall 2011 in ERC 192 is open. Call ERC Advising at 858-534-9864 to request enrollment authorization. Register early as this seminar is sure to fill up! For any questions, please contact the Programs Abroad Office or ERC Advising!
Global Leadership Certificate Program
The Global Leadership Certificate offers undergraduates a chance to reflect upon your international experiences and the intercultural dynamics of internationally focused campus experiences. Earing the certificate will help you represent how you have developed the skills, knowledge, and sensitivities to be an engaged leader in our interdependent world.
Information Session on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, 4:30 pm, International Center Oceanids Pavilion
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Complete Returnee Profile
Help us stay in touch. Fill out a Returnee Profile to update your contact information and give feedback on your program. Click on "Submit Returnee Profile" at the top of your program record.
Update contact information on TritonLink
Make sure to update your current address, phone number, and e-mail. It is also a good idea to fill out a change-of address form with the local post office.
Course titles and grades for EAP will be posted directly to TritonLink and your transcript, usually within three months of the end of your program. Below is an example of EAP coursework on a student's TritonLink Academic History.
Request that your program provider mail an official transcript directly to
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive, #0021-A
La Jolla, CA 92093-0021
Course titles and transfer credit will appear on TritonLink and your transcript as long as you completed an Academic Planning Form prior to departure.
As OAP grades do not appear on UCSD transcripts, you are advised to submit transcripts from study abroad program sponsors, as well as from UCSD, when applying to graduate schools. You may want to request extra copies of official transcripts from your program sponsor to have on hand.
Here is an example of OAP coursework on a UCSD transcript. Students who work with a PAO adviser and complete their OAP paperwork will have coursework from abroad posted on their transcript, the official record of academic accomplishments.
Please note, not all coursework is posted in this format. Grades from OAP are NOT posted to UCSD transcript.
Global Seminars Credit
See the Global Seminars section of this Website.
- If you plan to apply any EAP or OAP coursework toward major, minor, or general education requirements, you must complete a petition form, which is available at your college provost office and in academic departments.
- Most departments require that you wait to submit the petition until after your grades appear on TritonLink.
- Be sure to submit documentation of your work, including syllabi, exams, papers, etc.
Returnee Events through the Programs Abroad Office
For details, see the Returnee Newsletter (pdf).
- Welcome Back Dinner
- International Mixer
- Programs Abroad EXPO
- "Study Abroad Brought Home" Seminar, ERC 192
- Global Leadership Certificate
- International Education Week
- Returnee Coffees: schedule posted on Programs Abroad Office Events calendar or join the Facebook group "UCSD Programs Abroad Returnees!!!." An informal opportunity to interact with other returnees. Coffee and pastries will be served.
- Major, country, and college information sessions. See the Programs Abroad Calendar and keep an eye on your e-mail for details.
- Lessons From Abroad Re-Entry Conference
Programs with International Students
For details please visit iprograms.ucsd.edu.
- JOIN I Club for dynamic cross-cultural exchange!
- ENGAGE in dialogue by meeting people from all over the globe.
- MENTOR our international newcomers by becoming a Peer Leader.
- VOLUNTEER to become an English language tutor.
- EAT delicious international cuisine every Friday at International Café!
Other Ways to Get Involved
- Participate in International House programs
- Write an editorial about your experience for the Guardian at http://www.ucsdguardian.org - and stay posted for Guardian-Abroad!
- Visit the Volunteer Connection for cross-cultural and across-the-border activities
- Do something meaningful during spring break or summer with Alternative Breaks.
- Use the Career Services Center to research international job opportunities
- Learn about the Peace Corps
- Participate in the many activities sponsored by the Cross Cultural Center
- Check out the San Diego Participant Observer at http://parobs.org/ for culturally diverse events in San Diego
- Do you have interesting work you've done, or are doing abroad that you'd like to see published? Submit it to PROSPECT Journal of International Affairs!
- L’Auberge Espagnole is a movie about a French student studying abroad for a year in Spain. The film shows us a range of his experiences — preparing to study abroad, the joys and challenges of adjusting to a new culture, and his conflicted feelings about returning home.
- Journeying Home by CET Academic Programs