You went abroad and now you are back at UND. How do you stay connected to your study abroad experience?
Our office provides a number of opportunities to talk about the re-entry process, put study abroad on your resume, and inspire prospective study abroad students to attend your program. Below are some of those opportunities:
The International Center provides two sessions to help you acclimate back into life in the U.S which we call 'Unpacking your Bags'. The sessions are free to education abroad participants and occur at the beginning of the Fall and Spring semesters.
Re-Entry into the U.S.
This session is a get together to share your stories from while you were abroad with everyone else returning to UND from abroad. You will also have the chance to learn about reverse culture shock and how to get involved with international/cultural events and organizations on campus and in the Grand Forks community.
Spring 2019: Wednesday 1/23, 3:00-5:00pm, International Center Lounge (Memorial Union 264)
Resumes, Interviews, and Post-Grad Options
In collaboration with Career Services, this session is meant to help you maximize your experiences from abroad and the skills you gained and incorporate them into your resume, cover letters, and interviews. You will have an opportunity to work with Career Coordinators on your resume in a small group basis. You will also learning about popular post-grad options for study abroad alums, including career fields and graduate school programs. More information on Career Services can be found on their website or through email.
Fall 2018: TBD
Student Leaders International (SLI) is a student organization for students who have studied abroad. SLI’s purpose is to give students a chance to share their study abroad experiences with each other, along with helping to promote, in collaboration with the International Center, study abroad to other students on campus and meeting with students who have been accepted to study abroad programs for a future term to help prepare them for their term abroad. Interested in joining? Submit an application or send an email for more information.
Get involved with our international student community here at UND! Becoming an International Peer Mentor is a great way to make new friends and help a student who is studying abroad at UND feel at home. To learn more visit our International Peer Mentor info page.
Win a prize for all the amazing photos you took while you were abroad. The winners of each category receive $100! There are two categories to compete in:
- UND Abroad – photos show UND student(s) abroad. You and/or other UND students must be in the picture (and it’s Ok to have other people in the photo, too). Photos with students wearing UND apparel is a plus! But we will not accept photos with Fighting Sioux logos.
- My Global Lens - photos focus on the landscape. Where was your breath most taken away?
- Photo contest entry forms
- Video Contest Rules:
- Time limit is 60 seconds.
- No alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.
- No Fighting Sioux logos.
- Keep in mind music copyrights - check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0la4Ry0QTmw to learn more. You can also check out YouTube's audio library and it will tell you if you can use it or not.
- Video contest entry form
If you have photos you'd like to share but not include in the contest, use this link.
Did you attend the Study Abroad Fair prior to choosing your program? This is your chance to get involved and help students who are looking to make the same decision you did. We welcome all students who have studied abroad through UND to participate in the Study Abroad Fair. Email us for more details.
Spring 2019: Wednesday, January 16, 11:00am-2:00pm, Memorial Union Ballroom
As a UND Study Abroad participant, we value your thoughts and opinions on our programs. Please take the time to evaluate your program through our survey: Fall 2018 participants
Host Institution Transcript
It is your responsibility to ensure an official transcript from your host institution sent to the address below:
University of North Dakota
2901 University Ave Stop 7109
Grand Forks, ND 58202-7109
Foreign Transcript Evaluation
If your program issues a foreign transcript, rather than a US transcript, it is required that it be evaluated for US credit and grading. This is a requirement set forth by the UND Registrar's Office. The International Center contracts with World Evaluation Services (WES) for the transcript evaluation and will request the evaluation on your behalf. Your one responsibility in this process is to ensure a transcript from you host program is sent to the International Center.
We would love to hear about your journey as an alum of study abroad! Guest bloggers are always welcome to write about topics such as their experience with their program, the re-entry process, or an update on how study abroad helped their career. Please email Emily if you are interested in guest blogging.
There are a number of organizations that you can join on campus and in the community to continue building connections with new friends and practice language skills. A few of those opportunities are:
Looking for opportunities to get involved with our office? Have ideas on how to promote your study abroad program for other students? Let us know! We are always looking for new ideas on how to reach students for study abroad and we welcome volunteers. If you are interested send us an email.
Work with Career Services and the UND Writing Center to craft the perfect way to include your study abroad experience in your resume and cover letter. Unsure how to talk about it during an interview? You can schedule a mock interview to practice and find the best way to highlight your unique experience.
Travel Abroad Again
Interested in going abroad again? With faculty-directed programs, internships and other opportunities over the summer and semester there are a number of options for going abroad again.
Here at UND we are growing our number of short-term study abroad programs. Offerings include trips to China, Sweden, Greece, and South Korea. Keep an eye on our website for the most up-to-date information.
There are many opportunities to volunteer abroad, but you will need to do research to find the right one for you. While our office does not provide volunteer opportunities we can assist in connecting you to a few options.
"What are your plans after graduation?" Everyone's favorite question!
Could those plans involve another trip abroad? Opportunities like graduate school abroad or teaching English as a second language provide a structured way to go abroad again.