Returning from Off-Campus Study

Welcome back!

We hope you've had a rewarding and positive experience studying and living off campus. 

For many returning students, the return "home" is the most challenging part of studying off campus. While you might expect 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. We hope that the materials in this section 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. The CIIS staff is here to help you with this adjustment.

  • Complete your program and academic evaluations in the Questionnaires section of your Studio Abroad application file
    • We rely on your feedback to improve our programs. 
    • You will not be able register for classes until evaluations are complete.
  • Register for classes that build on your experiences and what you have learned during the program.
  • Capitalize on your experience professionally with the Center for Career Excellence
  • 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).   
  • Come to CIIS events and share your perspective. We'd love to see you!
  • Visit our CIIS staff and tell us about your experience. Share your videos and pictures with us. We love to see returning students and hear their stories.
  • Bring us your ideas, hints and tips for off-campus study.
  • Share your experiences with our North Country community through public service and volunteering.
  • 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.