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Welcome back. We hope you had an amazing time abroad.
Complete an online submission of courses on the transfer credit portal. You will not receive credit for courses you’ve completed on exchange unless you complete the transfer credit process. If you can not remember when or if you already completed this, you can log in to review your submissions.
Complete a student report. What was orientation like at your partner university? Did you find housing on campus? What costs were involved in your experience abroad? What skills did you learn in your co-op placement? Would you recommend your partner school to other UBC students? Give us the inside scoop on your partner university and country.
Put your name in the student directory. Make yourself available for future students going to your partner university by putting your name in the student directory.
See an academic advisor. We recommend that you look over your degree (so far) with an academic advisor after your time away. This will help confirm that you are where you should be and that you haven’t missed any important details.
Come see us at Go Global. This is very important if you didn’t send a postcard; we want to hear from you.
We know that the transition home can be difficult — trust us, we’ve been there. The readjustment process affects everyone differently, and it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with the symptoms and stages of reverse culture shock.
Here are some suggestions for how to ease into the transition once you’re back home:
In most cases, people who have lived abroad often find that the adjustment home is more difficult than the adjustment to their host country. We expect to meet challenges when we enter a new place and culture, but not when we return home to the place we know and love — or thought we knew and loved. Luckily, there are lots of ways to deal with the transition home.
Ideally, you will already have completed your course requests while on exchange with our online transfer credit system. If you have not done this yet, don’t worry: all the information you need is listed on that site.
Kelowna may not be Tokyo or Istanbul, but there are plenty of opportunities to maintain your international perspective on campus, academically, socially, and in the wider community. There are also tons of opportunities to go abroad again, whether for Study Abroad programs, a Group Study Program, or internships and work placements. Connect with your Go Global advisor for options.
Want to share your experience with other students? Volunteering with Go Global is a great way to share your expertise and help other students plan for their own adventure abroad. Go Global needs volunteers from September to April; commitment averages two hours/week.
Refer to the UBCO student job board to submit your application. Alternately, you can email an application (docx) to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications close August 15 for the upcoming school year (September).
We are always looking for additional students to help out at events and to act as buddies for outgoing and incoming students. Send us an email (email@example.com) if you are interested and we will keep your name on file.
UBC’s Okanagan campus is situated on the territory of the Syilx Okanagan Nation