Information for Students Who Have Completed a Study Abroad Program
Congratulations on the completion of your study-abroad experience! First and foremost, the Office for International Programs would like to welcome you back to Loyola after your time abroad. We realize that there are a series of questions and concerns that are unique to returned students, and the information provided below is an attempt to address these areas. We realize that your mind has been stretched to new dimensions by all that you have learned abroad and that you have much to offer the Loyola community. It is our intention to help facilitate your transition back to life in Chicago at Loyola and also to request your involvement in international activities on campus, if you are so inclined.
There will be a reception for returned students at the start of each semester. This is a great way to share some stories and pictures from your time abroad and to learn about opportunities for further international involvement, ranging from events right here at Loyola and in the city of Chicago to opportunities abroad—working, volunteering, pursuing graduate education, or participating in grant programs. To see if the date has been set yet for the next reception, see our events page.
Check out some of the videos screened at the Spring 2013 Returnee Reception by clicking on the links below!
Check out this handbook that provides information to students who have returned from their study abroad experience. Find information on academics, including transfer credit and course approvals as well as tips on how to internationalize your future academic and professional career. This guidebook also provides helpful information about additional International Opportunities as well as Re-Entry Cultural Adjustment. Returning Student Handbook 12-13
Volunteering to Help Future Study Abroad Students
For those returnees interested in talking with prospective study abroad students, we ask that you complete a Volunteer Card. Your completion of this form is a way for International Programs to engage your expertise on a particular program and region of the world with students who are seeking more information about study abroad and who would like to have an insider's perspective. Please submit this form to the Office for International Programs via fax, drop off, or as an e-mail attachment.
The Office for International Program holds an annual Study-Abroad Photo Contest. This contest usually takes place at the beginning of each academic year. All study abroad participants are encouraged to submit photos to the contest. There are cash prizes for winners for each of four categories…so odds are good that you could win! Please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity! By submitting entries to the contest, you thereby grant International Programs permission to use your photos in Loyola study abroad publications or our web site. If you have objections to the use of your photos, you may still enter the contest, but you must let the Office for International Programs know of this in writing. For details, click here.
USAC Students - USAC students may have the additional option of submitting photos directly to USAC. For every photo that USAC uses, they will award the students monetary prizes.
If you would like to share with the Loyola community something about what you experienced while abroad, or if you’d simply like to reflect on what you learned during your time overseas, the Office for International Programs would like to hear from you. We are offering Beck's Bookstore gift certificates to any student who turns in a study abroad testimonial that meets our basic requirements. Click here for further details.
Study Abroad Evaluation
In order to assess the quality and overall student happiness with Loyola’s approved study abroad programs, it is imperative that students complete the Study Abroad Evaluation. On average, it will take 20-40 minutes to complete. Your assistance in this area is of the utmost importance as it helps the university to evaluate its programs and also provides a great resources to prospective students because they can learn about the finer details of each program through your responses. You will be emailed the evaluation upon completion of your program.
Posting of Grades
For information, see Transcripts and Study Abroad (http://www.luc.edu/studyabroad/academic_policies.shtml#transcripts )