Coming Home & What's Next

How can I reflect on my international experience and use it to advance my career?

Studying abroad tests a student’s experiential application of cultural knowledge and communication skills, and more employers are seeing the value of these skills in the workplace. Cornell Career Services can help you update your resume and prep for an interview, so you know how to meaningfully and effectively incorporate your study abroad experience.  Career Services can also help you explore more international opportunities, such as work/internships, gap year opportunities, and service programs.

Can I go abroad again as a Cornell student?

Cornell students are required to take a certain number of classes at Cornell in order to graduate. This is called your residency requirement.  After reviewing your path to graduation with your college advisor, you may find that you able to study abroad again.  Many students gain multiple experiences by also having abroad experiences during the summer, winter, or even occasionally as part of a Cornell class.

How do I choose a minor related to my time abroad?

Cornell students of any major and college are eligible to declare a minor in a region of interest through one of the area studies programs in the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. The Einaudi Center's international relations minor is another option for students who seek a broader international perspective. Students interested in mapping their experiences abroad onto transnational or U.S.-based ethnic and cultural studies might consider a minor in ethnic studies such as Asian-American or Africana Studies. A minor in Global Health is an option for students who pursued field work abroad. Most foreign languages offer minors, too.

How will my courses and grades show on my Cornell transcript?

Your official Cornell transcript will indicate the institution or program you attended, the courses taken, the credits earned, and the grades in their original version. This means your grades will appear exactly as recorded on the official transcript generated by your study abroad program or foreign university. Your grades will not be factored into your Cornell GPA.

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