There are many resources for you on campus to help you keep the excitement of your study abroad experience alive. International Center events, student organizations, and other campus offices can help you connect with others, process your feelings, and integrate study abroad into your future career.
Your Study Abroad Advisor
Meetings with your study abroad advisor aren’t just for before you go abroad. Your advisor is also available to meet with you to talk about your re-entry process. For the most up-to-date list of study abroad advisors, please click here.
UFIC Re-Entry Evening
The Study Abroad Re-Entry Evening is an event held at the beginning of each semester that invites study abroad students to interact with other study abroad students. You will hear from professionals about processing your study abroad experience and about amazing opportunities to further your international education. Additionally, students separate into small groups where we discuss your experiences more in- depth and look deeper into understanding the culture that you experienced while abroad in relationship to your experiences here in the United States. All students who studied abroad will receive an email invitation to this event.
Transitions Re-Entry Colloquium.
This 6-session colloquium is an opportunity to explore the different aspects of returning from study abroad in a way that is more in-depth than the traditional one evening session offered by UFIC. For more information and applications, please click here.
Study Abroad Peer Advisors
The Study Abroad Peer Advisors (SAPAs) arethe official student ambassadors of Study Abroad Services at UF. SAPAs are former study abroad students who work with the International Center in order to help promote study abroad and assist students with preparing for their study abroad programs. Becoming a SAPA is a great way to meet other study abroad students, learn more about other cultures, and gain experience working in international education.
NaviGators is a student- run organization that works with incoming international students on adjusting to life in the United States. Each NaviGator is paired with an international student for a semester and serves as that student’s informal mentor at the University of Florida. NaviGators also sponsors various cultural activities each semester. While students do not need to have studied abroad in order to join NaviGators, former study abroad students are great candidates for the organization because of your understanding of what students may need when coming to a new country.
Global Gator Futures Listserv
Studying abroad is often the first step toward an internationally-focused career. This University of Florida International Center biweekly listserv outlines job, internship, fellowship, graduate school, and other professional opportunities and learning resources that contain international components. To request to be added to Global Gator Futures, please email Lauren Strange.
UF Counseling and Wellness Center
Adjusting to life at home can often lead to feelings of frustration, sadness, and anxiety. The UF Counseling and Wellness Center offers free counseling to students who would like to process these feelings in an in-depth way. For more information, please click here.
UF Career Resource Center
Study abroad can often have a major impact on your career plans. The UF Career Resource Center offers free professional career planning appointments for students. For more information, please click here.