Getting Back to Life in the U.S.
Often, you will return to classes at your home college soon after your international experience. Thus, it’s a good idea to have everything prepared for your next semester before leaving the country. For instance, make sure your registration for the following semester is complete and that you have no outstanding issues at your college.
Once you’re back, you will be responsible for ensuring that your credits from the program are in order. Work with the study abroad office of the CUNY college that hosted your program to make sure your credits are reflected on your transcript. If you did a non-CUNY program, you should work with the study abroad office of your home college, but keep in mind that the outcome will depend in part on prior coordination with your home college.
Last but not least, please check in with your study abroad office for ideas about ways to share your experience and make the most of what you have learned!
The experience of traveling internationally, speaking in a different language for weeks and possibly living with host families or roommates may be substantially different from your life at home. Most likely, when returning, you will be expected to jump back into your daily routine of school, work, family and social obligations. But you will also be dealing with the excitement of what you have learned and seen abroad as well as how you have changed through the experience. The resources below provide advice from other travelers on returning back to your routine.
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