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Study Abroad Office


Returnees

Welcome home! Congratulations on completing a successful term abroad. We in the Study Abroad Office hope that your experience abroad was full of discovery, adventure, and learning. We’re glad to have you back at USC, where you can continue to pursue your international education with any number of our interactive ways to stay involved.

Re-adjusting to Home

You may be experiencing a variety of emotions, including excitement and enthusiasm, as well as nostalgia, anxiety, or even boredom. In the same way that you went through an adjustment period when you first arrived in your host country, you may also go through an adjustment period as you transition back to life at home. This is normal in the process of returning home from study abroad. Staying connected to your experience by involving yourself in international activities is a great way to work through the readjustment phase. Please remember that you can always reach out to the Counseling Center if you need to talk more about the adjustment to life at home.

Civic and Social Engagement

Buddies Beyond Borders - Mentor an international student.

SAA (and Mentor Program) - Join the Study Abroad Association!

Listserv signup - Don't miss a thing!

Volunteer opportunities - Contact Rebecca D'Attilio to find out what opportunities are available this semester ( at the Fair, etc.)

Professional Development


OFSP - Visit the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs for additional funding and opportunities in the U.S. and abroad (Fulbright, etc.)

OUR - Visit the Office of Undergraduate Research for help developing your next project and securing funding (Magellan, etc.)

USC Graduate School - Consider furthering your education with a master's degree or Ph.D.

Career Center - Find out what professional opportunities are available to you.

Become a Peer Advisor - Peer Advisors are paid undergraduate staff who work in the Study Abroad Office 12-15 hours per week for a full academic year. This is a great way to beat the reverse culture shock blues and connect your time abroad to your experience here at USC while gaining professional skills and assisting other students in the application process. It is also a great way to fulfill some of the requirements for Graduating with Leadership Distinction in Global Learning!
Requirements:
- Have studied abroad for the equivalent of one semester
- Strong communication skills
- Ability to work well with a diverse range of students
- A friendly and professional demeanor
- Ability to function as part of a team
Duties:
- Present to classrooms across campus
- Conduct information sessions
- Assist with marketing initiatives specific to USC study abroad programs
- Advise prospective study abroad students
- Other duties as assigned

To Apply: Applications go live on this page each summer.

Academic Re-Integration

U201 - This course will equip students with the knowledge and skills to develop their own cultural compass, as well as to better understand other cultures. It will also challenge students to analyze and explore global learning opportunities both abroad and locally. Students will analyze the significance of their global learning experiences, the impact of what they have learned, and their goals for the future. Course content will be comprised of readings, guest lectures, field trips, and an independent project to allow students to develop an understanding of their experiences in a broader context.

GLD - Obtain Graduation with Leadership Distinction in Global Learning.

PCP - Participate in Peace Corps Prep - application to the Peace Corps after graduation is not required.

The #FreeRangeGamecock's Guide to Going Abroad Again

We have put together this resource guide for you to identify further international opportunities. Whether you’re considering studying abroad again or going abroad in another capacity, we’re here to help you. These resources are compiled by the staff members of the Study Abroad Office, most of them from personal experiences.