On-Campus Resources

There are many ways to continue your processing of the experience you've just had. Here are some on the places and ideas that can assist you on campus.

CICE Office: Just a reminder that our door is open if you want to chat about your study abroad experience, integration issues, or even just to share pictures.

Academic Advisor: Upon your return, be sure to check in with your Academic Advisor to talk about your Gustavus course plan, degree requirements, and/or changes in major or minor.

Counseling Center: If you want to talk to someone about your experience or about re-integration shock, remember to utilize the Gustavus Counseling Center (507-933-7027). In addition, you may want to seek out students from your group or seek out others who have studied away as they will have a firsthand understand of you're experiencing.

Career Development: Putting your experience studying away to use when applying and searching for jobs is always a benefit. The staff in the Career Center can assist you in this task. Contact them at 507-933-7575.

MORE IDEAS:

  • Join a cultural club on campus, like the International Cultures Club.
  • Apply to be a Study Away Intern in the CICE. Contact Roger Adkins for more information.
  • Write a Statement or Profile for the CICE to help encourage others to study abroad.
  • Take a language class to maintain your language proficiency or ask other faculty with target language skills if you can conduct your research and write your papers in that 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. Ask your department office for details.
  • Attend international lectures, programs, and other presentations on global topics.
  • Volunteer to lead conversation groups with multilingual students. Contact Carly Overfelt.
  • Host an international dinner party.
  • Submit original writing you complete while studying away to be published in your campus or community newspaper or to national magazines.
  • Help Study Away Programs recruit and prepare new study away participants by helping with the Study Abroad Fair, pre-departure orientation, or direct mentoring of students about to depart.
  • 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 in your community (i.e. Rotary International).
  • Check out international films from your campus or community library, see the ones showing on your campus, or look for international options in streaming services like Hulu and Netflix.
  • Visit the What's up with Culture? website and take some of the reflection and skills assessment inventories.
  • 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 away advisors about your experiences, and share your photos.