Remember that you have experienced transitions before—other periods in your life when you had to make adjustments in your lifestyle and self-perception. And you managed! Give yourself the time you need to transition back to life in the United States.
Reconnect with what made you fall in love with Cornell. Take a walk along the gorges, watch the sun set over Libe Slope, or just spend hours catching up with good friends.
There are courses, clubs, and many internationally minded students at Cornell. Keep alive the curiosity that you sparked. And don't forget the rituals of daily life that you came to love while you were abroad.
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Critical thinking, problem solving, flexibility—the skills you honed abroad will distinguish you long after your time abroad.
Much research has shown that employers value soft skills. Technical skills can be taught on the job, but habits like embracing differences, collaborating, and approaching situations with an open mind are best learned through life experiences.
Reflect on your experiences to identify the skills you gained abroad. Talk with Career Services to learn how you can highlight your international experience on your resume and in interviews.
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More employers are seeing the value in students’ study abroad experiences. Studying abroad tests a student’s experiential application of cultural knowledge and language skills. Many employers have an idea of what skills are acquired when a student studies abroad, but it’s your job to convince them. Be prepared to elaborate on the skills you highlighted on your resume with specific examples of your experiences abroad.
Cornell students of any major and college are eligible to declare a minor in a region of interest through one of the six Area Studies programs at Cornell: East Asia Program, Institute for African Development, Institute for European Studies, Latin American Studies Program, South Asia Program, and Southeast Asia Program. The 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.
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.
It is your responsibility to request an official transcript from your study abroad program or university. Don't worry if your grades do not arrive right away, grades from foreign universities may take longer to arrive than if you participated in a US study abroad program. Once the Office of Global Learning Education Abroad receives your transcript, we will forward it to the registrar at your college, who will post the grades. Some colleges require you to meet with the registrar before your credits are approved. For this reason, the time will vary by college as to when your grades are posted to your transcript.
Use study abroad to your advantage by exploring summer, short-term, or permanent international job or internship opportunities with U.S.-based or overseas employers. For information on international jobs, go to the Cornell Career Services website.
Cornell Career Services maintains an extensive list of international opportunities. It's a great resource for anyone interested in returning abroad.
Peace Corps and World Teach are popular choices for volunteering and living abroad.
One of the easiest ways to return abroad is to teach in a foreign country. This may require you to get English teaching certification.
You can apply for funding, including Fulbright awards, to conduct research abroad. The Einaudi Center administers Fulbright at Cornell.