More To Do at Gustavus

Here are a Few Ideas:

  • Take a language class to maintain your language proficiency or ask other faculty with foreign language skills if you can conduct your research and write your papers in a foreign language.
  • Participate in a language table where people join to dine and converse in Spanish and French. Start a new language group!
  • Find out about being a tutor for students who need help in elementary or intermediate courses.
  • Attend the international lecture series programs and other presentations on international affairs.
  • Volunteer to lead conversation groups through your campus Intensive English program for members of the campus and community who speak English as a second language.
  • Host an international dinner party.
  • If your campus has a program, apply to be a Study Abroad Peer Advisor or an orientation leader for new international students.
  • Submit your photos for Study Abroad Photo Contest on your campus or nationally.
  • Submit original writing you did while abroad to be published in your campus or community newspapers or to national magazines.
  • Help your study abroad office recruit and prepare new study abroad students by helping with the Study Abroad Fair, pre-departure orientation, or be a mentor to students about to depart.
  • Join a student group with an international focus (i.e. International Club, Students for Holocaust Awareness, Council of International Student Affairs, etc.)
  • Go to your campus or community library and read newspapers in the language of your host country. (Many papers are available on the web as well).
  • Check community listings for international groups around your community (i.e. Rotary International).
  • Check out foreign films from your campus or community library or see the ones showing on your campus.
  • Visit the "What's up with Culture" website and take some of the reflection and skills assessment inventories. Address is http://www3.uop.edu/sis/culture/index.htm
  • Engage in conversation and dialogue with others about your experience. Correspond with friends and family from your host country.
  • Stop by and talk with your study abroad advisors about your experiences and see your photos.
  • Complete a returnee survey/evaluation on your campus. Your thoughts about your program and site are very important and your comments will help students trying to select a program.