Coming Home & What's Next

Your Transition Home
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Give yourself time.

Remember that you have experienced transitions before—other unsettling periods in your life when you had to make adjustments and changes in your lifestyle and your self-perception. And you managed! Give yourself the time you need to transition back to life in America.

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Rediscover your favorite things about Ithaca and Cornell

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 in the lunch room catching up with good friends.

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Keep your study abroad experience alive

Your time abroad has taught you how complex the world can be. There are courses, clubs and many internationally minded students at Cornell. Keep alive the curiosity that was sparked abroad. And don't forget the rituals of daily life that you came to love when you were abroad.

Consider Becoming An Ambassador

As a Global Learning ambassador, you will have the chance to influence others who are deciding about study abroad opportunities. We look forward to working with you to present these opportunities to students across campus.

Your Study Abroad Experience & Your Career
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You have gained many skills

Critical thinking, problem solving, flexibility—the skills you honed abroad will distinguish you as both proactive and collaborative, long after your time abroad.

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Highlight your soft skills

Much research has shown that employers often value soft skills as much as or more than technical skills. Technical skills can be taught at work, but the ability to embrace differences, collaborate, and approach situations with ay open mind are all learned through life experiences.

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Identify experiences that set you apart

To effectively and succinctly express your experience abroad, reflect on your experiences to identify the skills you gained abroad. Talk with Career Services and work through the exercise at the link, below, to learn how you can highlight your international experience on your resume and in interviews.

Going Abroad Again
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Ask Cornell Career Services

Cornell provides an extensive list of opportunities for recent graduates. It is a great resource for anyone interested in returning abroad.

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Volunteer Abroad

Peace Corps and World Teach are popular choices for volunteering and living abroad.

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Teach Abroad

One of the easiest ways to return abroad is to teach in a foreign country. This may require you to have English teaching certification.

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Research Abroad

Funding opportunities exist to do research abroad. Among these, Fulbright awards are the best known.

FAQs Read All

How should I discuss my international experience in interviews?

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. 

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 six Area Studies programs at Cornell: East Asia ProgramInstitute for African DevelopmentInstitute for European StudiesLatin American Studies ProgramSouth 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.

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.

When should I expect my grades?

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. 

Share Your Experience

You have navigated your way through new cultures and experiences. We would love to share those moments and beyond. We know that each and every one of you has an incredible story to tell.

If you have a story you’d like to share, contact us at

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