Be sure to review your Learning Content with this information and more on your personal study abroad page while abroad and upon returning home!
Everyone experiences the re-adjustment process of returning to the United States differently. You may be excited to see family and friends and to return to the comforts of home, but you may also feel sad about leaving your new friends and new life in your host country. Mixed emotions are normal and it is a good idea to take time to reflect how you plan to integrate the lessons you learned while abroad back into your life in the United States.
Note: Review your learning content on 'Preparing to Return to the United States' in your personal study abroad application.
Depending on whether you plan to live in on-campus housing or off-campus in an apartment when you return, you need to make your housing arrangements before you go. Some study abroad offices will send on-campus housing forms to you overseas to be completed or this may be done prior to departure. Check to see what the procedure is. New Paltz students are also able to sign up for housing online on my.newpaltz.edu. If you are going to live in an apartment, you may even need to sign a lease and pay a deposit. You may even need to find someone to sublet your apartment during the time you will be overseas.
Keep in touch with the friends you made overseas. This means both friends from the US as well as friends from the host country! Write letters, emails or even plan a reunion.
Join a language club; read a book in your host country's language; enroll in a refresher course; subscribe to Google alerts from your host country; rent an international film; or subscribe to the host country's newspaper!
If you kept a journal while abroad, continue to write your "post-abroad" experiences in it. It will be interesting to go back a year, two years, or even a decade from now to remember the experience as a whole and how it changed your life.
Submit your travel writings or photos to:
Promote Study Abroad on CampusShare your experience and resources with other students by promoting study abroad on campus. You may volunteer your time or may even be able to get p aid by becoming a Peer Counselor at the Study Abroad Office (See next point).
The Career Resource Center at SUNY New Paltz can help you learn how best to showcase you international experience through thoughtful resume updates and good career planning. Contact them today to set up an appointment.
There are many ways to pursue international endeavors even after your study abroad experience comes to an end. Here are a few suggestions to get you started: