Center for International Programs - Semester/Year Abroad

Readjustment to SJU

Adjusting to life back in the U.S. and on campus presents a unique set of opportunities and challenges. Don't sit in your room glued to your favorite social networking site. Instead get involved in the international aspects of the Saint Joseph’s community. You and over a hundred of your peers were off campus last semester so be pro-active about your reentry. Here are some tips and resources:

On-campus organizations:

International Students Association
International Business Society
Amnesty International
Office of Multicultural Life
Fellowships Office
Campus Ministry

Resources:

Study Abroad Again! So you've gone once and want to go back? It's possible! Students may study abroad up to the Fall semester of their Senior year or even as a post-graduates. 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): Many people don't know that our Counseling Center is full of people who have had significant international experiences.  Any student can schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor.

Career Development: Interested in interning or working abroad? Contact the Center for Career Development and talk to an advisor. Consider ways to work, teach, and live abroad after graduation! Consult the Transitions Abroad Magazine and attend the CDC and CIP joint info session on Working Abroad in late October. 

Fellowships & Scholarships: Are a great way to live, study, and work abroad after you graduate. It’s never to early to start to plan for your next international experience.

Helping you adjust to life back at Saint Joseph’s:

Try to make sense of your time off campus. Find some insight into your experiences and apply your newly found cross-cultural skills and perspectives. Read the following:

Top 10 Reentry Challenges Feeling blue and out of sorts when coming back home? It's normal! Re-acclimating yourself can be a tough challenge.  Reassure yourself that you're not the only one feeling this way.

What's up with Culture : Material developed to support and enhance a student's ability to make successful cultural adjustments both before going overseas and upon returning home from studying abroad.

IES Coming Home Video: A ten minute interview with Students, Faculty, and Employers on the imporatance and process of re-entry. 

MOST Importantly, BE PATIENT

Allow yourself time to adjust. If you aren't feeling different, then you have missed the whole point of going. These changes mean that you have been challenged with finding a way to incorporate the new things that you care about into your choices at Saint Joseph’s University and into the rest of your life.