Welcome back! We hope you had an unforgettable international experience. There are many ways to extend your study abroad experience by participating in a variety of re-entry events and exploring other ways to go abroad again.
ROC Your Global Future: Rochester Area Study Abroad Returnee Conference
If you have recently studied, interned, volunteered, worked or lived abroad, you are invited to the ROC Your Global Future conference. This is a networking and career development opportunity where study abroad returnees representing colleges from the greater Rochester, NY area come together to connect, reflect, share, network and explore additional international opportunities. Eleven Rochester-area colleges participate and the conference is held every fall. For more details visit the ROC Your Global Future website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Engagement Workshops
Upon your return, you will attend a Global Engagement Workshop, a program designed to help you “unpack” your experiences. You will learn valuable tools for communicating the skills you gained overseas to future employers during your co-op/job search, reflect on your experiences, and share your excitement with other returning students. You will receive information on the date of the Global Engagement Workshops after you return from your study abroad program.
Participate in the Global Learning Symposium
The Global Learning Symposium is an event that takes place each fall during International Education Week that showcases your academic accomplishments from your study abroad experience and is hosted by the RIT Education Abroad office. Students have the opportunity to share a class project, research findings, portfolio/display of creative work, internship project or volunteer project from your time abroad. A call for proposals is typically extended in September each year and all returned study abroad students are able to participate. For more information, contact Michelle Fitz at email@example.com.
Global Ambassador Program
Did you have a life changing experience while studying abroad? Was there something you learned that you wished you had been told before you left? Work as a Global Ambassador for RIT Global and make an impact on other students as they prepare for their own profound overseas journey! Even if you only went abroad for a few weeks, consider being a Global Ambassador. As a Global Ambassador you will help us recruit students by sharing your personal experience, photos and advice with students through a variety of RIT Global events including the Study Abroad Fair, information tables, Pre-Departure etc. and by connecting with students one-on-one. The Global Ambassador is a paid position, and we recruit students at the beginning of each fall semester. For more information contact Claire DelMonte at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in going overseas again for an extended amount of time to earn a Master’s degree, teach English or conduct research, consider applying for a prestigious fellowship such as the Fulbright, Rhodes or Marshall. Please visit the Fellowships section of this website for more information.
Graduate School Abroad
If you have considered attending graduate school abroad, there are some important things to consider before applying:
Accreditation is the process of assessment and recognition of the quality of a higher education institution. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that diverse higher education institutions maintain the same standards in their academic programs. Just as if you were attending graduate school in the United States, you should make sure that the institution that you are attending abroad is accredited to grant the degree that you are seeking.
The World Higher Education Database has a search engine that allows you to quickly check to see if the institution you are interested in is accredited. You can also search institutions by country or field.
Value of the Degree
Attending graduate school is often a step towards advancing in your career. Just as schools in the United States may carry varying reputations for delivering certain degrees; so do graduate schools abroad. You should do research to understand what the perception of the university is in its home country, as well as in your field internationally, and here in the United States.
Going to graduate school abroad may be more or less expensive than in the United States. Make sure to fully understand the cost of attending your school of interest, as well as what funding options are available. The school may offer scholarships for international students.
There are also opportunities for funding graduate school through fellowships. A fellowship is a competitive and prestigious grant which may be used to attend graduate school. The U.S. Fulbright Student Program is an opportunity to fund a one-year master's degree in over 160 countries. Visit fellowships.rit.edu to search for other funding opportunities.
Become A Global Citizen
A global citizen is someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community's values and practices. As a returned study abroad student you have a unique opportunity to continue to build on your experience by getting involved in various ways:
- Continue studying a foreign language or learn a new language. Use language apps like DuoLingo or software like Rosetta Stone.
- Befriend a newly arrived international student. You might remember how difficult it was when you first arrived in your host-country and how nice it would have been to have a friend available to help you adjust to a new country. Volunteer with RIT International Student Services or with the RIT English Language Center.
- Join the RIT Global Union or other RIT international or cultural club to volunteer and participate in international events on campus.
- Get involved in your local community by volunteering with international organizations in Rochester or your hometown.