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The Global Education Office would like to be among the first to welcome you back to the U.S. and to campus! Welcome back to the U.S., Vanderbilt University, and the realization of all that you have gained from your study abroad experience! While you begin re-acclimating to life in the US and prepare for your return to Nashville and Vanderbilt, we would like to provide you with resources to help unpack your experience. Take a look at our "Unpacking Checklist" for guidance on some first steps upon your return, and get tips on the experience of returning to campus, translating your study abroad experience into career gains, and more with GEO's Reentry Handbook (pdf)! Below, you will find an overview on what you can expect in the returned students section of the website.

A Guide to this section

The Nuts and Bolts section provides information on transcripts and other logistical details of your return.

In "Reverse Culture Shock", you will learn about what to expect when you return to the US and to Vanderbilt. Resources for addressing various stages of reverse culture shock are included as well.

"Get Involved" has tips and tricks for using your study abroad experience to get involved at Vanderbilt and in the larger Nashville community. Information on the annual photo contest may also be found here!

Peer Advisors are returned students paid to help GEO spread the word about study abroad. Find more information and an application here!

Student Ambassadors are returned students who volunteer to be available via email to prospective students with questions about their study abroad location. Find an application in this section!

If you are interested in the TEFL program, this section will give you an overview of the English Language Center's introductory non-credit class.

If you want to return abroad in any capacity, look no further! This section can help you think about studies and volunteer opportunities at the international level!

Study abroad is an asset to your career - learn how to leverage your experience in our "career development" section and even find resources on how to land a job abroad!

Last, but definitely not least, if you simply want to share your photos with the world, submit them in our easy to use form!

Some Last Thoughts Before you Explore the Returning Students Section

  • Network with GEO on LinkedIn or join our LinkedIn Study Abroad Alumni Group for resources, tips, and jobs. Who knows, you might even receive an endorsement from our office (it’s been known to happen!)
  • Network with GEO on other social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you are still on-campus, look us up on Anchorlink too!
  • Tell your story! Even if those around you seem disinterested, remember that your experience was unique and helped you grow as a person. Don’t let others tell you differently!
  • If you find yourself struggling with reverse culture shock or the re-entry blues and really don’t know where to turn, there is no shame in speaking to someone at the Vanderbilt Psychological Counseling Center or with one of your GEO advisors. Just be sure to speak to someone about it before it impacts your grades, your social life, and most importantly your general happiness!
  • If you have any questions or comments, send us a message! We love hearing from you – students and study abroad is our passion, so don’t be shy!