Please complete our program evaluation within thirty (30) days of the program end date. This information is essential and is the only way that the Office of Global Affairs will be able to assess the programs and student needs. We welcome your comments and ideas!
Reverse Cultural Adjustment
Upon returning home from a study abroad program, you can expect to go through some degree of “reverse culture shock” as you get back into your old routines with a new, different outlook on your surroundings. You have had a wonderful experience that has taught you many things but the new things that you have learned may not fit into your everyday world.
Things you may experience during this period:
- Sense that you can’t fully explain your experience or its importance
- Realization that others do not want to hear very much about your travels
- Feeling of being “out of place” or boredom with being home
- Experiencing “reverse homesickness” for the place where you studied abroad
- Seeing that relationships with family and friends have changed
- Viewing your home in a way that is negative or overly critical
Ways to cope with these feelings:
- Try to use the same adaptation skills that you developed while you were getting used to being abroad to make the transition to being home
- Just as you did while abroad, try to be patient in dealing with the temporarily unfamiliar culture of “home”
- Take time to evaluate the two cultures and think about how you can incorporate parts of both into your lifestyle. Allow yourself time to adjust back to home
- Seek the company of people who understand you, who may not be the same people who understood you before your life-changing travel experiences
- Seek help from the SHU Counseling Center if you feel that your readjustment is not going well
Some ways to continue your “international education”:
- Talk with prospective study abroad students and help with study abroad events on campus. Your experiences and perspectives are of great value to students thinking about studying abroad.
- Make a scrapbook of your travels. Include your memories alongside the photos and souvenirs
- Look into internationally focused student clubs and organizations available at SHU, such as The Celtic or Italian Club
- Plan your next trip! The OGA is happy to help you explore additional opportunities about the various programs available
While we are used to having our grades and updated transcripts here in the U.S. almost immediately after taking final exams, this is not the case for institutions abroad. In many of our program locations, your grades will not arrive at the OGA for up to 8 weeks after the program end date. Your host institution will send via mail, fax, or email your grades as soon as they are available. Once we submit your grades to the SHU Registrar’s Office, it can take 5 to 7 business days for the grades to be entered. You can request a copy of your SHU transcript through the Registrar’s website.
Sign up to be a Global Ambassador
The Office of Global Affairs is seeking student volunteers who would like to aid in the advising process for prospective study abroad participants. The main function of a Global Ambassador (GA) is to act as a student representative, sharing their experience and knowledge of study abroad. Applications will be released in July. Please see here for details.
Post Graduate Opportunities Abroad
The Fulbright Program offers a number of year- or semester-long research and/or teaching grants for college and university faculty members at all career stages. Short-term consulting grants are also available to U.S. faculty through the Fulbright Specialist Program. Staff may also be eligible to apply to some programs. Generally, a Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree is required to apply for a Fulbright Scholar Program grant. Faculty without a Ph.D. or the equivalent may apply for a Student Program grant to pursue independent research or to work towards a doctoral degree.
Which Fulbright Is Right for Me?
- The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers opportunities for American faculty members and professors to conduct research, lecture, and/or consult with other scholars and institutions abroad. Deadline: August 1
- The Fulbright Specialist Program sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, institutional planning, and related subjects at academic institutions abroad for a period of 2 to 6 weeks. Deadline: Rolling
- The Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program sends teachers abroad for a semester to pursue individual projects, conduct research, and lead master classes or seminars. Deadline: August 1
- The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad–Bilateral Projects, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, provide short-term study and travel seminars abroad for U.S. educators in the social sciences and humanities for the purpose of improving their understanding and knowledge of the peoples and cultures of other countries. Deadline: Early December
- The Fulbright Public Policy Fellowship Program affords participants the opportunity to serve in professional placements in foreign government ministries or institutions and gain hands-on public sector experience while also carrying out an academic research/study project. 2018-2019 Deadline: October 1, 2018.
More information about Fulbright opportunities are available by following the links below:
SHU Fulbright Advisor
Dr. Robert McCloud is the Sacred Heart University Fulbright Program Advisor. He can provide information and guidance to SHU faculty and staff interested in applying for Fulbright awards.
SHU Fulbright Scholar Grantees
- Cassandra Andreas, Deutscher Akademisher Austauschdienst to the Hochschule fur Musik in Hamburg, Germany
- Dr. Yvette Blanchard, University of Tromsø in Norway
- Dr. Robert McCloud, American University in Kosovo (2007-2009)
- Laura Niesen de Abruna, Universite de Liege in Belgium & Center Universitaire de Luxembourg (1991-1992)
- Dr. Lucjan Orlowski, New York University (1981-1983)
Fulbright information obtained from http://eca.state.gov/fulbright