Events and Resources for Returned Students
Global Education programs can be life-changing. We hope that you have had an exceptional overseas experience and that you will capitalize on this by continuing to interact in Global Education related activities. Explore the tabs below for more information on how you can reflect, connect and look ahead!
Go Abroad Again
Go Abroad Again
Once you've been on a Global Education program, it's common to want to go abroad again! We both support and encourage that and have many options available through the Global Education Office and beyond. Explore the resources below for more information.
View this helpful guide for articles about finding your next adventure abroad: internships, teaching, jobs, graduate school and volunteering abroad.
Spend at least six weeks abroad interning with an organization or company related to your field while earning ASU credit. Read more about our internship programs abroad here.
Participate in a Global Education Program Again
We have programs as short as a week, as long as a year and everything in between. Ready to go abroad for a longer period of time? Search by Term and narrow down your options from there.
Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Fellowships
ASU’s Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) works with students from all five campuses to compete for national fellowship awards. ONSA offers individualized advising for over 70 programs, many of which include an international component. Visit www.onsa.asu.edu to learn more about our office and search our fellowship database.
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship – The Gilman Scholarship offers grants to American undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. The application is open to students who are receiving a Federal Pell Grant. All majors are encouraged to apply. Must be studying or interning abroad at least three weeks in one country.
Boren Awards are for undergraduate and graduate student program participation outside of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand
- Scholarship: for U.S. undergraduate students studying less commonly taught languages in regions critical to U.S. interest in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East
- Fellowship: for U.S. graduate students studying less commonly taught languages in regions critical to U.S. interest in Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) – CLS is a fully-funded summer program that provides overseas foreign language instruction and cultural enrichment experiences in 13 different languages. Open to undergraduate students with U.S. citizenship.
Killam Fellowship - The Killam Fellowships Program allows undergraduate students from the United States to spend one semester or a full academic year as an exchange student in Canada.
DAAD-RISE – The RISE program offers 300 grants to American undergraduates within the STEM field. Students intern for one summer at a top German university and gain international research experience. German language proficiency not required.
Fulbright US Student Program - The Fulbright Program annually awards 2,000 grants to support graduate study, independent research, teaching, and artistic practice abroad. Open to rising seniors and graduate students with U.S. citizenship.
- The Fulbright Program offers fellowships for teaching, researching and studying abroad
- The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals to participate in a professional and cultural exchange for four months in Germany for 18-24 year olds
- Language and Culture Assistants in Spain to teach English abroad in Spain
- English Open Doors Program in Chile to teach English abroad in Chile
- Information on the TEFL Certificate
- Resources on Teaching Abroad from Lessons From Abroad
- Learn more about how to secure a job teaching English abroad post-graduation. (Open to all majors, not limited to Education and English majors). International TEFL Academy offers all ASU students and alumni a scholarship toward their TEFL certification course and lifetime job placement assistance in 80+ countries.
- The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is a nonprofit accrediting organization that promotes awareness and access to quality volunteer abroad programs
- Read this article for ideas and links to free or low-cost volunteer opportunities as well as important questions to consider.
Peace Corps is an international service organization of the United States. Volunteers make a difference through meaningful service and serve in more than 70 countries. ASU offers many ways for students to explore, engage and prepare for Peace Corps service after graduation.
The ASU Peace Corps Prep Certificate Program will help you acquire the knowledge, skills and experience needed to service in the U.S. Peace Corps.
PDF to Peace Corps Roadmap: https://eoss.asu.edu/sites/default/files/Peace_Corps_Roadmap_Flyer_3.pdf
Get Involved on Campus
Get Involved on Campus
Let us know you are open to speaking with other students about your experience on a Global Education program or want to hear more information about returned student events.
Global Education Office Opportunities
Connect with Us
- Enter our Photo contest.
- Join the conversation on our social media channels! Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram (use #SunDevilsAbroad to share pictures and tweets about your study abroad experience!)
- Have a study abroad blog? Share it with us, and we'd love to feature you on our social media.
Work for Us
- Want to share your passion for Global Education with other ASU students? Apply to become a Peer Advisor or Recruiter for the Global Education Office. The number of openings and frequency vary, and all vacancies will be posted on ASU Student Employment site, on our social media channels and you will be notified via email.
- Peer Advisors guide students on their journeys, provide administrative support to staff and work on special projects in the office.
- Recruiters give presentations, table at events and work on marketing and communication-related projects.
Opportunities Across Campus
Peace Corps Club
- Join the club and learn more about what serving in the Peace Corps entails. Volunteers make a difference through meaningful service that tackles the most pressing needs of people around the world and develop cross-cultural, leadership, language, teaching and community development skills.
- Regular meetings every Wednesday 5-6 p.m.
Meet Current ASU International Students
- Join the International Students and Scholars Center for weekly Coffee and Conversations every Friday from 3-4 p.m. in the SSV Amphitheater. Snacks and coffee provided!
- Become a volunteer at Global Launch and make meaningful connections with international students studying English at ASU. Apply here. Questions may be sent to Linda Hill at email@example.com.
Become a Global Guide
- Apply to be an ASU Global Guide to help new international students when they first arrive at ASU. Click here to apply.
Subscribe to the International Student eNewsletter
- Stay current on all things international at ASU. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to subscribe.
Learn About Paid Service Opportunities
- Apply your passions and skills to create positive social change in our local and global communities through high-impact opportunities. Engage in service, civic leadership and social entrepreneurship in a variety of settings: nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies and community- and faith-based groups. Begin making your impact today and explore paid service opportunities, such as AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and Teach For America.
- Learn more: https://eoss.asu.edu/makeyourimpact
Leverage your Global Education Experience For Your Future
Leverage your Global Education Experience For Your Future
To help you capitalize on the investment you made participating in a Global Education program, learn how to leverage it as you grow as a working professional. Whether it's to land that sought-after internship, to go abroad again or to get your foot in the door in your desired industry, Global Education is a powerful springboard into your next step when you know how to articulate it appropriately.
ASU Career Development Resources
- Resume, interview and cover letter tips: Watch this playlist of short videos to learn how to effectively present your Global Education experience on your resume, discuss your experience during a job interview and how to incorporate your Global Education experience into a cover letter.
- ASU Career and Professional Development Services: Ready to search for an internship, network with other Sun Devils around the world or even start looking for jobs? Explore their site and utilize their resources. Below are a few examples:
- Domestic jobs with international travel options/perspectives
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Department of State
- U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
- Department of Justice
- Red Cross
- Explore jobs associated with these organizations at USAJobs.com
- International organizations
- The World Bank
- International Monetary Fund
- United Nations
- World Health Organization
- Amnesty International
- Going Global has a search engine for jobs and information about working in 30 countries
- Paid English Teaching Positions Abroad: International TEFL Academy helps ASU students and alumni secure paid positions in more than 80 countries.
Reflect on Your Experience
Reflect on Your Experience
You’ve successfully navigated another culture or cultures and now you’re returning home. Welcome back!
Coming home to the familiar can be exciting and comforting, as you’re able to re-connect with friends and family, eat favorite foods and enjoy the places and experiences that you missed while away. At the same time, you may feel homesick for where you studied, miss your new friends, be conflicted or confused about aspects of U.S. American culture or experience general feelings of frustration, sadness or upheaval. All of these feelings vary between individuals and are perfectly normal.
To help you reflect on your time abroad and navigate the variety of emotions that come along with returning home, we’ve put together some resources below.
Share Your Experience
Want to inspire other students by sharing how Global Education impacted you and why others should do the same? Fill out our Returned Students Profile form and you could be featured on your program's brochure, our website, social media and more. You can also get added to our Returned Students Network so future study abroad students can connect with you about your experience.
Resources and Ideas for Reflection and Action
- Life After Study Abroad website: This website has a multitude of resources that help you answer the question, “now what?”
- Unpack Your Experience: A list of resources and as well as concrete ideas to connect to your experience abroad and “unpack” everything you’ve brought home with you.
- Reverse Culture Shock: Expectation vs. Reality: An article that examines what you might expect when returning home, and some of the realities that you actually confront (psst: this isn’t a question of good or bad, positive or negative - just that what you expect of re-entry may be different than what your experience!)
- Re-entry 101: This video looks at some of the research of re-entry to show just how normal the rollercoaster of emotions upon coming home really is.
- Advice from the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps has been sending people abroad for two-year stints for decades. Take advantage of their experience and knowledge in sending thousands of volunteers abroad each year.
Personal Stories of Reverse Culture Shock - and How to Manage
- ASU Counseling Center: If you need to talk to someone about your experience adjusting back to life on campus
- TAO Connect: TAO Connect provides tools for managing stress, calming your worry, improving your mood and enhancing your relationships. It is a great self-help tool for emotional wellbeing that supports your success while at ASU. TAO can be accessed 24/7 from your smart phone or computer. To sign up, click on the "sign-up in self-help" and use your @asu.edu email address.
Quotes from ASU Study Abroad Alumni
"It allowed me to better lead a diverse set of teams by understanding that different cultures react to situations differently based on their cultural context."
"My favorite experience as a study abroad student was the ASU family that was created with fellow travelers and getting to expand the ASU family to another continent."
"Nothing can compare to learning from first-hand experiences that teach you about the world and how your field of study affect it, and I made friendships that will last my entire life!"