Coming Home for Study Abroad Students


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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 [email protected].

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

  • 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

    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.

  • 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 [email protected].

    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 [email protected].

    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.

  • 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 [email protected].