Welcome back! We hope you had a wonderful study abroad experience and are happy to be home. We know it can be difficult to adjust to life back in the U.S and you may have mixed feelings about the upcoming months. Binghamton, or whichever town or school you have returned to, might seem boring or strange (or cold) after your time abroad, or you may feel pressure about returning to school or planning for your next steps after college. You may find it difficult to get used to being home, and you may even need to adjust to things that should seem familiar. You might feel nostalgic about aspects of your adopted culture abroad, and you may miss friends you made during your program. If you are feeling any or all of these things, don’t worry—this experience is so common there’s a name for it: Reverse Culture Shock!
When you return to campus, feel free to call on us to help you settle back in. We're eager to hear about your experiences and are happy to assist you during this period of adjustment. We've listed some helpful campus resources below. If you are student at another school, contact your study abroad office to find out what resources are available for returning study abroad students.
Transcripts, Grades and Credits
Transcripts from abroad will soon begin to arrive: make you you've done everything you NEED TO DO to insure the process goes smoothly.
First, in order to get your grades from abroad, you MUST complete and submit a program evaluation form. Your evaluation of the program you attended is very important and helps us provide the highest quality experiences for students. We review the evaluations closely and use them to make program recommendations. Students planning their study-abroad programs use your evaluations to help them make decisions. We will not release your grades until we receive the evaluation.
Second, go to Credit and Academic Policies. Make sure your understand the policies regarding the transfer of grades and credits from abroad--the policies are different for different types of programs. Make sure you have talked to the appropriate offices and advisors and have done the necessary legwork to make your grades count! If you are a student at a school other than Binghamton, make sure you understand the academic policies at your home campus. If you have reviewed the information online and still have questions about how grades or credits work: contact our office by phone or email.
Be aware: There are often delays in the arrival of grades from abroad. These delays can occur due to the different semester schedules of partner universities abroad, the slower pace of international mail, any delinquencies or debts owed by the student to the foreign university, home campus, or sponsor university, the failure to complete a program evaluation, the need to seek course approvals from faculty, schools, and departments after the semester abroad, and processing times and policies at other SUNY schools (for Binghamton students on other-SUNY programs and SUNY students on Binghamton programs).
Additional items pertaining to Binghamton University students:
Languages Across the Curriculum (LxC)
LxC courses are a wonderful way to help maintain or develop your foreign language skills. A list of the upcoming semester offerings will be available from the LxC Program (http://lxc.binghamton.edu/).
Conversation Pairs Program
Remember how eager you were to meet students in the country where you studied? Binghamton's international students are just as eager to meet Americans who will be interested in learning more about them. The conversation pairs program is one way to help. You can be paired with an international student to help improve his/her English speaking skills while you get to expand your own international horizons. Contact Jennifer Brownstein, director, English Conversation Pairs Program, LN-2412, 607-777-6725, firstname.lastname@example.org. Print out the sign-up sheet and turn it in to LN 2412, or visit their website!
Peer Advising Program
Are you interested in helping other students find out about study abroad? Consider becoming a peer advisor, visit our webpage here for more information.
Study Abroad Fair
Our Annual Study Abroad Fair will be held during the fall semester, and we always depend on our student volunteers! Whether you attended a Binghamton, SUNY or non-SUNY program, come help staff a table, share your experiences and provide insight and advice to other students! Email email@example.com if you are interested in volunteering for this Event.
If you find the adjustment back to Binghamton difficult, talk with us or with someone at the University Counseling Center.