Welcome back from your time away! We hope you've had a rewarding and happy experience studying off-campus.
For many returning students, the return "home" is the most challenging part of studying off campus. While you expect to encounter cultural adjustment challenges -- or to feel culture shock -- when you go to a different culture, you don't expect to feel it when you return home or to campus. But you've been changed by the experience and you look at things differently. In most cases, you're more independent and mature. We hope that the materials here will help you think through this phase of cultural adaptation and will encourage you to reflect on your learning and the impact you experiences will have on you now that you are back on campus.
Please remember to:
· Complete both evaluations. (Your grades will not be posted to your SLU transcript until you've submitted the evaluation and the Registrar has received your grades.)
· Register for classes that build on your experiences and what you have learned during the program.
· Try to stay in touch with students who participated in the same program as you or with students who have studied abroad. (You may find that you have more in common now with someone who studied abroad than you do with some of your "old" friends).
· Apply to be a Peer Advisor in the CIIS office. If your program doesn't have a Peer Advisor, or you don't have time for those responsibilities, contact CIIS about other ways you can volunteer to help with information meetings, orientation, public presentations, and class visits.