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Study Abroad Returnees

Information for Returnees

Welcome back!


We hope your study abroad experience was a life changing one. Now that you are back, you have the opportunity to share this experience with others. 

You will also need to complete the last of the paperwork for the Office of Study Abroad. Please remember that your international transcript is your responsibility. If your program does not automatically send this, you will need to request it from the university you attended while abroad. 

Buffs Abroad Photo Contest

The Buffs Abroad Photo Contest is currently closed. This year we opened the contest with three separate categories, Natural & Urban Landscape, People, Culture & Society, Send Me There, and People's Choice (chosen via Facebook likes and reactions). Here are the winners that were chosen for Fall 2018:

Natural and Urban Landscapes Category

1st Place:  "Winter in Morocco," Morocco, Roger Onofre

2nd Place:  "Church at the Hacienda de Santa Clara," Mexico, Amanda Bell

3rd Place: "Albaicin," Spain, Carolina Brea

People, Culture & Society Category

1st Place:  "Gondola Ride," Italy, Vanessa Faulkner

2nd Place: "Papa Francis: Accidental Renaissance," Italy, Lam Nguyen

3rd Place: "Blissful Day," Fiji, Karina Hernandez

Send Me There Category

1st Place:  "We Never Know Which Lives We Influence," Mexico, Brianna Barreras

2nd Place: "Forti Bufali!," Italy, Sara Wall

3rd Place: "Vale la Pena," Costa Rica, Baylor Graham

People's Choice Category

"Buffs in the Sun," Fiji, Karina Hernandez

Dealing with reverse culture shock?

If you are experiencing difficulties re-adjusting to what used to be "normal" now that you are back, you are not alone. Many students deal with what is called reverse culture shock. The website studentsabroad.com contains a handbook explaining reverse culture shock and how to overcome it, along  with some extra resources on reverse culture shock.