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We hope that your experiences abroad were not only amazing, but that you were able to gain valuable skills, insights, and knowledge about yourself and other world views. For many students, transitioning back to the U.S. can be a long and strenuous task. We hope the below information will be a start to making the most of your experience from back home.

1. Gain Credit for the Experience
  • Did you complete all of your classes abroad?
    • Any questions around transcripts and processing grades should be directed to Sami Sonkowsky, Study Abroad Advisor.
  • If your transcripts have been received and processed, did all of your courses transfer back correctly?
    • We hope the answer is YES! Contact International Education & Engagement if they did not and we will work through it with you.
  • Have you met with your Academic Advisor to make sure that you are still on-track for graduation?
    • We, again, hope the answer is YES!

2. Get Involved with International Education & Engagement
  • How do I get involved with more international students? Other study abroad alumni?
    • Students can participate in programs or volunteer with International Education & Engagement. To see the program options and sign up, click on this Google Doc or visit our Events Page. The Global Buddy program is also a new and exciting option that pairs domestic and international students to create global friendship at UWL.
  • What can I do to make people more aware of my program or study abroad opportunities?
    • Become an International Education Ambassador! Work in our office 10 hours a week, sharing your experience abroad and interacting with international students.
    • Write a program review so other's know just how great your experience and program was.
  • How do I keep in touch with my program or the study abroad office?
    • IEE loves hearing about your experience abroad, whether through a blog, video, photos, and so on. Share them with us on Twitter (@UWLIEE) or Facebook. Another great way to share you photos is through IEE's annual photo contest, which takes place every spring.

3. Seek Out Resources
Having a hard time trying to market your study abroad experience or unsure where it belongs on your resume?

Career Services
308 N. 16th Street | La Crosse, WI 54601

Reverse culture shock is a very real experience that students have upon returning from their study abroad experience. If you are feeling depressed, alone or just not yourself, we encourage you to talk to someone.

Counseling & Testing Center
2106 Centennial Hall | 308 N. 16th Street | La Crosse, WI 54601
Walk-In Urgent Care Hours (Crisis Only): Monday thorugh Friday 2pm-4pm

After Hours Counseling Assistance:
  • Life Threatening Emergency: 911
  • University Police (emergency): 608.789.9999
  • Great Rivers 24-hour helpline: 211 or 800.362.8255
  • La Crosse County Crisis Line: 608.784.4357
  • Gundersen/Lutheran Medical Center: 608.782.7300 or 800.362.9567
  • Mayo Clinic-La Crosse: 608.785.0940 or 800.362.5454
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800.273.8255 or 800.273.TALK

4. Attend a Conference