Coming Home

Tossing Coin into Trevi Fountain

Your study abroad experience doesn't have to end once you return home. Your new insight and knowledge are needed by others. The International and Study Abroad Programs Office encourages you to stay involved by supporting your community, to share your story of this once-in-a-life-time experience, and to take advantage of all the new opportunities that you are qualified for.

Returning students are strongly encouraged to:

  • Complete your Program Evaluation.
  • Email us your study abroad photos for our website and blog. Please send large, high resolution photo files to studyabroad@fordham.edu.

Please contact our office if you have any further questions about returning from abroad.

Program Evaluation

Please complete your Program Evaluation upon returning from abroad. Our Staff reads each program evaluation and are made available to prospective study abroad students to assist them in researching their programs. Complete your Program Evaluation online by logging into the Study Abroad Portal at my.fordham.edu.

We encourage you to be thorough and honest in evaluating your study program or university because our office relies heavily on these forms when we review our study abroad program roster. Your voice helps us maintain the highest possible standards when looking at study abroad programs. Your evaluation serves another equally important purpose as your peers - future study abroad students - read about your experiences with great interest. Your program evaluation can help them make decisions regarding their own study abroad plans.

Share Your Experience

Study Abroad Book Club: Join other study abroad alumni in reading and discussing a pertinent book selected by the Book Club members. If you are interested, please email studyabroad@fordham.edu.

The Study Abroad Alumni Art Exhibit at Fordham features everything from sketches and poetry to photography and painting done by students who have been inspired by their time abroad. If you are interested, please email studyabroad@fordham.edu.

Study Abroad Photo Contest: The ISAP office hosts a study abroad photo contest each semester.

University Language Service sponsors a photo contest with a chance to win one of four scholarships of either $100 or $500. Submit a photo you have taken while studying abroad, then write a description of no more than 200 words describing where the photo was taken and why it summarizes your experience abroad. You must be a college student and U.S. citizen to enter. See their website for the full set of rules.

Transition Abroad Publishing is dedicated to work, study, living, and cultural immersion abroad and is currently seeking articles for their annual Student Writing Contest. Prizes will be awarded to winning submissions and will be published on the Transition Abroad website and Webzine. Specific contest guidelines and samples of past winners can be found online. Also, Transition Abroad accepts Student Participant Reports, Student-to-Student Reports, and Study Abroad Advisor articles on an ongoing basis, all year around, with payments ranging from $50 to $100.

Study in Spain Video Contest: The Ministry of Education of Spain awards a prize to the creator of a video which best portrays the experience of studying in Spain. For more details, please visit http://www.spainedu.org/.

Study in Australia Video Contest: The Government of Australia awards a prize to the video which best portrays how studying in Australia has impacted you. For more details, please email northamerica@studyinaustralia.gov.au.

Human Development Conference at University of Notre Dame is an annual student research conference in February of each year. Proposals must be submitted by mid-October. Fore more information, please visit the conference website.

Language Practice

Language Exchange Program
Language Exchange Program is organized through Institute of American Language and Culture (IALC). The purpose of this program is to give students an opportunity to practice a foreign language with a native speaker (ESL students, who speak English at various levels).

For example, if you are an English speaker interested in practicing your Spanish, you will be paired with a native Spanish speaker interested in practicing English. The program not only helps to keep your foreign language skills sharp, but it brings you in contact with a different aspect of the region where you have studied abroad. It is also a great way to share knowledge and your experience with your conversation partner’s native language and culture.

For more information, please email esl@fordham.edu or complete the sign-up form.

International Students’ Association
Office for International Services (OIS)
Take advantage of international students studying at Fordham – just like ESL students, they can be an eager audience and a great help in keeping your study abroad experience alive.

Volunteering at Fordham

Impact Initiative Student Group
The Office for International Services sponsors a student group that participates in activities to learn more about the United Nations and its work with NGOs. For more information, please visit their website.

Resume Building

Career Services Office
Studying abroad allows you to develop cross-cultural communication skills, the ability to analyze and adjust to local customs and cultural contexts, flexibility, maturity, independence, and adaptability. In addition to the ability to learn another language, studying abroad forces you to deal constructively with cultural differences and situations you would have never faced otherwise. All of these skills are extremely valuable, as companies are increasingly searching for employees who can interact on a global scale.

Read an Article from the Chronicle of Higher Education written by alumnus Andrew Hudson, FCLC'09, on returning abroad to work.

Teaching Abroad

CIEE offers paid Teach Abroad positions in Chile, the Dominican Republic, Spain, China, Thailand, and South Korea. These positions are for graduates looking to teach English abroad, gain real-world experience, and make a difference in a foreign community. Programs are offered in the spring and the fall. A bachelor’s degree is required, as are Spanish language skills for teaching in Chile, Spain, or the Dominican Republic.

The Teaching Assistant Program in France is run by the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services at the French Embassy. Be a paid English teacher in a French primary or secondary school. Positions are available in all regions of France and overseas in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Reunion.

The Spanish Ministry of Education has a program that will fund students to be North American Language and Culture Assistants in Spain. Participants are given funded positions as English or French language assistant instructors in a K-12 school. The program provides a monthly stipend as well as health insurance.

JET Japan English Teacher Program
Teach English in Japan for 2 years. The JET program seeks to foster ties between Japanese citizens and JET participants at the person-to-person level. Participants are given positions as either an Assistant Language Teacher, Coordinator for International Relations, or a Sports Exchange Advisor.

Working and Volunteering Abroad

Work Abroad
Bunac offers work- and travel-abroad programs in places such as France, Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. They also have volunteer programs in South Africa, Peru, and Cambodia. Bunac allows you to experience the everyday life and culture of other countries through work and travel.

The Fordham Office of Career Services has partnered with Going Global to assist students in searching and applying for jobs abroad. Going Global has online country guides and research tools with country-specific career related information to prepare you for your future work abroad.

Volunteer Abroad
The Peace Corps has volunteer opportunities in many fields in 75 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Europe, and the Middle East. Volunteers learn a new language, exchange ideas, and take part in these communities as partners and friends. As volunteers push to serve ideals such as understanding, tolerance, kindness, and patience, their lives are enriched by the friendships they make, the challenges they undertake, and the experience of seeing the world from a new perspective. Volunteers must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years old and in good health. Volunteers must make a 27 month commitment to their position.

The Jesuit Volunteer Corps works with hundreds of grassroots organizations to provide essential services to low-income people and those who live on the margins of our society. JVs work for and with people who are homeless, unemployed, refugees, people with AIDS, the elderly, street youth, abused women and children, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled nationally and internationally.

Graduate Programs

The SIT Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program provides recent college graduates the opportunity to earn graduate credit while gaining international field experience focused on a critical global issue. Through SIT's extensive in-country networks, participants enjoy full cultural immersion and a rich level of access to a wide array of experts engaged in innovative projects in the student’s chosen topic area. Students are strongly encouraged to undertake work that would benefit a local community while furthering their own professional development. Programs are available in Chile, Ghana, India, Switzerland, Botswana, and Oman. For more information, visit SIT's website.

The Master’s Program in Latin American and Latino Studies

Through the Latin American and Latino Studies Department, this program lets you earn a Master’s Degree in just one additional year of studies. If you are a Fordham College Junior with a B+ or better average, you are eligible. More information can be found at the LALSI website.

The Master’s Program in International and Political Economy and Development
The Graduate Program in International Political Economy & Development
Study global economic relations from an advanced interdisciplinary approach and pair it with practical field experience. Specializations include International Banking and Finance, International Development Studies, International and Development Economics, and International Political Analysis. For more information visit the IPED website.

The Graduate Program in Classical Languages and Civilizations
Classical Languages and Civilizations
This is an MA and PhD program for students who have taken Greek or Latin as undergraduates. It offers a broad range of courses in the languages, literatures and history of Greece and Rome, and in the literature of the mediaeval period. For more information, visit the Classical Languages and Civilization website.

Study Across the Pond
Graduate Schools in the United Kingdom
Across the Pond is an organization that will assist you in applying to graduate school in the United Kingdom.

Qatar Scholarship Program
The Qatar Scholarship Program
The Qatar Scholarship Program offers dedicated Arabic language students from the United States the opportunity to master their skills in an intensive Arabic language program at Qatar University (QU) in Doha for an entire academic year (September to June). The scholarship includes tuition, room and board in university dorms, round-trip airfare, local transportation, and books.